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Saturday, July 29, 2017 Options
The Voice of Suka:
Maria Pomianowska and her ensemble ReBorn bring extinct Polish fiddles back to life!

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Maria Pomianowska, a classically trained Polish cellist, found that diving into fiddle traditions around the world freed her from classical music's constraints.

But her explorations also brought her right back home, where she discovered the suka, a Polish fiddle that had completely disappeared.

It turns out the suka has a lot in common with fiddles Maria plays from other countries. So with the help of Ewa Daligh and master luthier Andrzej Kuczkowski, she brought this forgotten instrument back to life.

Now Maria has a beautiful new album out with her three-fiddle (and percussion) ensemble ReBorn (featuring reconstructed sukas from Biłgoraj and Mielec, Poland and a resurrected fiddle from Plock, Poland as well). The album, called The Voice of Suka, is on Poland’s For Tune label.

Maria and ReBorn made their US debut as part of the prestigious Lincoln Center Festival earlier this week. And this Wednesday (August 2), they’ll give a free live-video-streamed concert at the Kennedy Center in DC. Maria and ReBorn also will tour the Midwest in mid-September and early October.


Maria Pomianowska:

Watch Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn’s concert live from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Wed. Aug 2nd at 6 pm (or the video archive afterward) here

Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn, Sept-Oct 2017 US Midwest Tour Dates:

Maria Pomianowska’s album The Voice of Suka on Bandcamp:

Massive thanks to Ania Perzanowska and New York’s Polish Cultural Institute, Alison Loerke of Alia Productions, Tom Pryor, Katie Gentile, and of course our illustrious engineer Matt Marando! Photos of Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn by Aleksander Wyszynski.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Ünal Büyükgönenç (Featuring Kardaşlar): Deniz Üstü Köpürür Options / Various Artists: Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu / Uzelli Kaset / * (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
Featuring Kardaşlar

The Move: Morning Dew Options / The BBC Sessions / Band Of Joy (0:06:41 Pop‑up)

Naang Naang: Kaang Aue Ko Sum Taang Hak Options / Le' Ywei Sin Tei Mya (0:09:28 Pop‑up)
From Shan State, near Thai border, Myanmar

WA Rubbers: Tin Kara Akamaya Options / !Mou Ashi Beat! / Maru-kotsu Enban (0:13:36 Pop‑up)

Ssing Ssing: Minyo Medley Options / LIve / Unreleased (0:17:20 Pop‑up)
GIG: Aug 9 (Wed) Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St: Ssing Ssing. 7:30 pm.

Sangpuy: Dalan Options / Dalan (0:26:37 Pop‑up)
GIG: Central Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, 72nd St. Mid-Park: Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy 7 - 10 pm.

Banteay Ampil Band: The Vietnamese Have Invaded Our Country Options / Cambodian Liberation Songs / Akuphone / * (0:30:11 Pop‑up)
New reissue

Sopha Chanthrathip: Lam Phloen Rak Num Motorsai Tham Lon Options / Various Artists with Dol Inthanon, Producer: Essential: Classic Isan Pops from the 70's-80's / EM Records (0:34:45 Pop‑up)

Tati Saleh & Marriza Group: Papatet / Dareuda (Papatet / Speak While Restraining Sick) Options / Various Artists: Malam Minggu - Saturday Night in Sunda / Blue Vision (0:39:24 Pop‑up)

Filastine & Nova: Halcyon Options / Drapetomania / Jarring Effects / * (0:46:04 Pop‑up)

Dexter Story: Eastern Prayer featuring Nia Andrews Options / Wondem / Soundway (0:50:37 Pop‑up)

JEF : Waja Sampai Kaputing Options / Waja Sampai Kaputing / 656441 Records DK / * (0:53:11 Pop‑up)
"Don't give up"

Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn: Lipa (Linden Tree) Live on WFMU Options (0:59:34 Pop‑up)

Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn: Improvisation on a Polish Melody (Live on WFMU) Options (1:03:29 Pop‑up)

Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn: Band Amir (Live on WFMU) Options (1:10:11 Pop‑up)
Based on Ross Daly's composition

Maria Pomianowska and ReBorn: Souvane (Live on WFMU) Options (1:14:06 Pop‑up)

Maria Pomianowska: Interview Options (1:17:58 Pop‑up)

Maria Pomianowska with musicians from Lebanon: Siedzialam W Dunaju (I Was on the Danube) Options / Z Kolbergiem po Afryce i Azji (With Kolberg in Africa and Asia) / Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury (1:32:36 Pop‑up)
Featuring Bassem Deaïbess - singing, recitations; Johnny Girges - guitar; Adel Harb - guitar Ara Seferian - drums; Ali Al Hout - drums

Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gaindé: Konie Wrone Options / Warszawa—Dakar / For Tune (1:36:22 Pop‑up)

Maria Pomianowska with musicians from South Korea: Obereczki i polka Options / Z Kolbergiem po Afryce i Azji / Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury (1:42:32 Pop‑up)
Featuring: Hang Youn Lee - dae geum; Youn Mi Jang - hae geum; Eun Young Lee - geo mun go Seoung Yeol Yu - piri; Eun Jin Gang - jang him; Young Soon Park - pansori singing

Maria Pomianowska with musicians from Algeria: Oj, Chmielu Options / Z Kolbergiem po Afryce i Azj / Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury (1:47:34 Pop‑up)
Featuring Abdou El Ksouri - electric guitar; Amine Lamari - drums, flute; Djamil Ghouli - singing, gimbri Fethi Nadjem - mandola, Karim Kouadria - bass guitar; Mhamed Shihadeh - clarinet, saxophone Nazim Ziad - percussion, Zohir Ben Larbi - darabukka

Maria Pomianowska : Wind Options / The Voice of Suka / For Tune (1:59:21 Pop‑up)

Maria Pomianowska & Kinior: RNa Dwa Options / Two Headed Dragon (2:03:59 Pop‑up)
Kinior = Włodzimierz Kiniorski

Mamadou & Sama Yoon : Aminata Options / Umbada / For Tune (2:07:30 Pop‑up)
Featuring ReBorn's percussionist, Patrycja Napierała

Angélique Kidjo: Once in a Lifetime Options / Unreleased (2:12:27 Pop‑up)
GIG: Aug 2 (Wed) Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Bandshell, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza: Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light + Ibibio Sound Machine 7:30 pm Free admission

Jewel Ackah: Epitipiti Options / Supa Pawa / Koaky Int'l Records (2:16:45 Pop‑up)

Emmanuel Kahe et Jeanette Kemogne: Ye Medjuie Options / Various Artists: Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 / Analog Africa / * (2:21:52 Pop‑up)

Umoja: Take Me High Options / 707 / Awesome Tapes from Africa / * (2:25:42 Pop‑up)
New reissue

Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters: Vafana Vanharhu Options / Shimatsatsa No 8 / Tusk (2:30:25 Pop‑up)

Omthenjwa: Lezontaba Options / Unwele Zimnyanma / Vuka Africa (2:35:30 Pop‑up)

Max Cilla: Bouillon Options / La Flute Des Mornes / Bongo Joe / * (2:44:13 Pop‑up)
New reissue

Toko Telo: Rapolany Options / Toy Raha Toy / Anio Records / * (2:50:54 Pop‑up)

Acquaragia Drom: Arrivederci Roma Options / Rebelde / Felmay / * (2:53:06 Pop‑up)

Aalma Dili: Transylvania Express Options / Pour une poignee de Dinars / Vlad / * (2:55:50 Pop‑up)

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 6:12pm Bas NL:

Hey Rob! Hi all!
  Sat. 7/29/17 6:16pm Nellie:

Hi! Sounds great :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:20pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas, Nellie, good evening everyone, thanks for staying with us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 6:29pm Megaroni:

Great show tonite, thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:32pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:32pm хтinа:

v nice show opener, will have to check out that comp
  Sat. 7/29/17 6:34pm mistercaz:

nice Cambodian sounds..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 6:37pm maestroso:

Finished my programming, with you now Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:42pm Rob W:

Good work maestroso!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:43pm Rob W:

And thanks mistercaz and xrina!
Avatar Sat. 7/29/17 6:44pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob & everyone!
looking forward to all those Polish fiddles!!!
@ XTina - yes! i am fascinated by that opening tune too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 6:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Wow, excited to hear Maria Pomianowska's set. My mom's side is Polish. Enjoying the opening set, too, of course.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:48pm Rob W:

Thanks and good evening KHP and slugluv!
  Sat. 7/29/17 6:50pm norton:

Is Sam Segal on your station
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 6:54pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@norton - Yes, on Monday evenings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 6:55pm хтinа:

@slugluv hard to go wrong when you combine psychedelia with foreign influence
  Sat. 7/29/17 6:58pm norton:

Ken, what time on Monday?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 7:04pm Ken From Hyde Park:

9-12 PM, norton. It's on the Drummer Stream, the web-only broadcast. Dave Hill is on the regular stream in that time slot.
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:08pm Carmichael:

That's 9 pm to midnight, EST. Heya Rob and friends.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 7:14pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Carm. I didn't word that correctly, did I?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 7:18pm Rob W:

Thanks Carmichael and KHP - hey, anyone not familiar with the Drummer stream - if you like my show even a teeny bit you'll love the Drummer Stream - great international music and lots more. You can listen via or using the WFMU App of course.
Avatar Sat. 7/29/17 7:24pm northguineahills:

Really enjoying this interview.

Sam Segal's show is a lot of fun.
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:28pm cat:

how do you say meow in polish?
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:30pm cat:

suka means bitch in russian
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:30pm DaveinPA:

not to mention 1988's 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka'...
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:31pm cat:

wow i wonder if theres an unlucky girl who is both a sucka' and a suka
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:33pm cat:

i wonder if the thekenschlampen play a suka on any of their songs.
but they are german not polish
Avatar Sat. 7/29/17 7:34pm slugluv1313:

loving this interview! Maria's story is so incredible and inspiring!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 7:39pm Rob W:

"Suka" has the same, er, more common alternate meaning in Polish as in Russian - but for whatever reason I decided not to bring that up during the interview!
Avatar Sat. 7/29/17 7:40pm northguineahills:

Thanks as per usual, Rob!
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:44pm cat:

thats ok rob some things are better left unmeowed
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:46pm Mihai:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/29/17 7:48pm Rob W:

Thanks Mihai and northguineahills; and cat, yes, some things are better left unmeowed...
  Sat. 7/29/17 7:53pm Carmichael:

Diggin' this music. Don't think I have ever heard contemporary Polish classic folk new wave boogie rock n roll before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 7:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

If I wasn't sitting here with a full stomach, I'd get up and twirl around dancing to this. That seems the case with a lot of Polish music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 8:01pm Bas NL:

Thanks Maria Pomianowska and band!
Avatar Sat. 7/29/17 8:57pm slugluv1313:

thanks again, Rob, (& Maria too!) for another great show!
have a wonderful week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 7/29/17 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Great show!
  Sat. 8/5/17 10:24pm Doug M:

HELP! Please tell me what you were playing today Aug 5, between 6PM and 7PM.. some things you were playing caused me to lose corporeality. What was that? Who is she?
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