Karolina Cicha’s impassioned, compelling interpretations of the old songs of the Kresy (the Polish Eastern Borderlands) mix folk tradition, rock and pop, and performance art. Cicha sings in the languages of the Kresy—Polish, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian, Tatar, Romani, Yiddish, and even Esperanto — and while her primary instrument is the accordion, she is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. A student of Poland’s diverse cultural traditions, Carolina honed her art at the renowned Gardzienice Academy for Theatre Practices. With cellist and vocalist Bart Pałyga, Karolina brings a new boldness and urgency to old songs of Poland’s multi-ethnic cultural landscape.


Friday, Sept. 25

First Presbyterian Church,-7:15–8:30pm

Saturday, Sept. 26

First Presbyterian Church, 7:00-8:15pm

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Presented in partnership with IU Russian and East European Institute,  IU Polish Studies CenterPolish Cultural Institute New York, and Women of Lotus.

BIALYSTOK MAJN HEJM Cicha & Spółka feat. Bart Pałyga