Vocal: Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk
Bandoneon and accordion: Grzegorz Bożewicz
Acoustic and electric guitar: Piotr Malicki
Piano and music arrangements: Hadrian Filip Tabęcki
“Beautiful and fascinating. The tango in Yiddish is for me the perfect match.” Mark Burman, BBC
It was in 1910 when tango mania hit Eastern Europe, after having swept through the West. Yet whereas passionate dancers in France and Germany revelled in true Argentinian “orquestas típicas”, the majority of Eastern Europeans only knew this type of music from recordings. That was also the case of Poland, which in 1919 regained its independence. A significant proportion of Polish musicians – both classical and popular – were of Jewish heritage. The cultural life thrived at theatres, cabarets and cinemas, where a variety of music styles mingled, including the traditional Jewish genre of klezmer. In the 1910s, Warsaw witnessed the birth of Yiddish tango, an eclectic dance permutation, blending Slavic, Jewish and Argentinian cultural traditions, a form that over the next two decades would be an integral, highly unique part of Polish musical life.