'MAZUREK VULGARIS' is a musical project that bases on mazurka – the most popular folk music and folk dance genre in central Poland. The tunes have been chosen from Kazimierz Meto's archaic repertoire, a fiddler from the village Glina (the commune of Rzeczyca). They are performed by me playing the fiddle, with accompanying guest musicians playing the frame drum and the folk bass.
The Latin word vulgaris, which means 'ordinary', 'common' or 'vulgar', is a very good explication of the musical phenomenon of mazurkas. Mazurkas used to be a means of communication in the rural community. They aroused the body, the mind and the spirit, and used to be a common public musical code, generally intelligible within a given community. They provided an impulse to dance, an outlet for physical energy and a means of social dialogue. Also, they were a musical background for kuranty - improvised tunes that commented on the reality in a pithy and often sarcastic manner. Mazurkas used t....... more