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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.


Kamancheh Iran

Spike fiddle. It is played on the knee position. The body of kemanche is in shape of a parabola and it has 4 strings.


Gadulka Bulgaria

A box in the shape of a cut in half pear. It is made out of one wooden block. The instrument usuallyhas 13 metal strings- 3 main ones and 10 resonators. It is played with the fingernail technique. Sometimes mixed technique is used


Sarangi India

A wooden corpse from one block of very heavy and hard wood, covered with a gut-skin membrane. It’s equipped with 3 intestine strings and 37 metal resonators (tuned depending on the scale used in a piece). Played with the fingernail technique.