Our roots, places where we grew up and most of all, love for tradition, taught us how to consciously draw from the music of our grandparents and great-grandparents, to place it here and now and to retell the story with our language of contemporary music.
Freedom and spontaneity, which have been present in the music of Beskidy, give us the joy of building an endless framework of improvisational forms, sound play, combination of styles, sounds and colours. Pipe band meets a jazz quartet. Fife made of an elderberry meets an electric clarinet. Buskers meet musicians.
Peacefulness, calmness, nostalgy, joy, entertainment, and also noise, bustle and a wild mess. Besquidians.
- WOJCIECH GOLEC
Accordionist, graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of Professor Joachim Pichura. Laureate of international accordion competitions: first prize at the International Accordion Music Festival in Przemyśl in 1999, first prize at the ‘Konfrontacje’ Accordion Competition in Częstochowa, 2000. Received the Silesian Marshall Scholarship for the Arts. Performed in such countries as: the USA, UK, Canada, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic. Took part in numerous TV and radio recordings, Film Music recordings, he also participated in recording sixteen CD albums with various artists. Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn and a teacher at ZPSM Music School in Bielsko-Biała
- MARCIN ŻUPAŃSKI
Multi-instrumentalist specialized in saxophones, flutes and bass clarinet. Graduate of the Jazz and Contemporary Music department at the Music Academy in Katowice. Laureate of jazz competitions. Composer, arranger, active musician on Polish and foreign music scenes as a band leader of his own projects. He also worked with many jazz, folk, and contemporary music formations. Working with musicians such as: Marek Grechuta, Grzegorz Turnau, Stanisław Sojka, Beata Przybytek, Jose Torres as well as with famous Polish jazz musicians: Janusz Muniak, Urszula Dudziak, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Piotr Wojtasik, Marek Bałata, Kazimierz Jonkisz and many others. Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn.
- MARCIN POKUSA
Folk violinist, composer, co-founder of the following bands: Fickowo Pokusa, Siewcy Lednicy, Besquidians. TVP Eurotalent 2004 Laureate. Obtained a Master’s Degree in bassoon at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and a Master’s degree in Voice Performance at the Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of Paweł Sobierajski, Ph.D. Part of the Opera Krakowska Choir since November 2014.
- MARTA MATUSZNA
Born in Laliki, comes from a family with musical traditions. Violinist, graduate of the Primary Music School in Żywiec. She has been working with bands from Beskid Żywiecki region from an early age. Currently collaborating with the Wałasi band from Istebna.
- RAFAŁ BAŁAŚ
Double bass player, folk instrumentalist. Born in Żywiec. Builder of Żywiec pipes, fifes and shepherd’s horns. Interested in the culture of Karpaty and the tradition of the region. He also collaborates with the Wałasi band.
- PRZEMYSŁAW FICEK
An architect by profession, a folklorist by vocation, a piper with proclivities for all kinds of shepherd’s instruments by passion and partial musical education. He has also an ability to build instruments with occasional successes in this field. Received the Silesian Marshal Scholarship in the field of Arts and co-founded the 9sił foundation. Lives in Jeleśnia.
- DAMIAN DRZYMAŁA
Born in 1978, instrumentalist, musician. Graduated from the Music Academy in Katowice in 2002 as a student of Professor Jan Zegalski. Currently collaborates with such orchestras as: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia , Aukso, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej and also with Polish and foreign composers. Laureate of classical and entertainment music competitions. Teacher at Music Schools in Żywiec.