Projects

ZORYA       www.zoryaproject.org

Zorya is a new project created by Karolina. This new musical venture has its roots in Slavic mythology and is a fresh representation of Eastern European folk music. The repertoire ranges from charming lullabies, vesniankas (Slavic variety of carolssung in the spring), and love songs of the forest. It also includes original compositions inspired by the history and culture  of Central and Eastern Europe.

The music derives from small villages in the mountains, forests, and fields. In Zorya project It is sung in the original dialects of the Kurpie and Lemko people. Lemko’s dialect is considered by many linguists to be the western-most dialect of the Ukrainian language. Lemko speech, however, includes patterns matching those of the surrounding Polish and Slovak languages, and might be seen as a transitional dialect to Polish and Slovak.

Music of a Quiet People

Karolina Beimcik currently works on her project “Music of a Quiet People” which consists of five musical compositions for violin, voice, upright bass and percussion.


It is inspired by the idea of identity as experienced by the Lemko- a minority group inhabiting the stretch of the Carpathian Mountains in Poland known as Lemkovyna (Lemkowszczyzna in Polish). The project is a continuation of her research on the question of Łemkos identity which she started during her graduate program at The Cultural Studies Institute in Poznań, Poland.

Babooshki


Karolina created the project ‘Babooshki’ in 2009 inspired by Eastern European folklor which she discovered 
traveling around Ukraine.

With Babooshki project she recorded two albums: “Kolędy i szczedriwki” (2011) – the project inspired by carols and pastorals gathered from the inhabitants of small villages in the Eastern Borderlands (Kresy). It includes eleven arrangements for two voices, piano, upright bass, percussions, trombone and accordion.

The album “Vesna” (2016) includes traditional lullabies, vesniankas (Slavic variety of carols sung in the spring) and traditional love songs of the forest. The music is composed for two voices, piano, upright bass, percussions, trombone and violin.