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Instruments

Maria Pomianowska is playing as a soloist as well as chamber musician in various musical projects. She cooperate with numbers of folk, jazz, classical ,pop and World Music groups and artists. She can play following instruments:

 Bilgoray suka (Poland)

 

Plock fiddle (Poland)

cello

 Mielec suka (Poland)

 Sarangi (India)

 Gadułka ( Bulgaria) 

 Er-hu (China)

 Morin khuur (Mongolia)

 

Kamancheh (Iran)

Mielec suka Poland

Mielec Suka was reconstructed based on a watercolour made by Stanislaw Putiatycki from the the collection of the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.( from middle of XIX century) This instrument is a hybrid of a violin, which was already known at those times and a knee chordophones from the past. Mielec suka is played by finger-nail technique reconstructed and created by Maria Pomianowska

 

Bilgoray suka

An instrument reconstructed on the base of Wojciech Gerson'€s, watercolour from 1895. A box carved out of one piece of cherry wood. It has a shape similar to violin. It has 4 strings.Post Second World War field research enabled to specify the technique used for playing suka- the fingernail technique where the strings are stopped not by pressure but by a side touch of the nail. This technique- as typical of Polish instrumentalists-had been described in the 16th C. by the German theoretician martin Agricola. The fingernail technique of playing was suka's originality among Polish folk chordophones, but at the same time it became an obstacle insurmountable for musicians. The first copies of the reconstructed instrument found their place in museums. Rebirth of the forgotten tradition became possible only when along with the musical reconstruction of Bilgoray Suka the rich experience of Maria Pomianowska with non-European string instruments such as sarangi, morin-chur etc. was used.

            

 

Plock fiddle

A copy of an instrument found by archaeologists in 1985 in Plock. It is estimated to date fromthe XVI-XVII century. The corpse is made out of one piece of birch wood. It has 6 strings and  it is played  with the fingernail technique recounstructed and created by Maria Pomianowska.

 

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