"Instruments with Soul" – Podhale pipe – film premiereApr 21, 2017
The premiere of the latest film in the series of Instruments with Soul will take place on Saturday 22 April at 12.10pm during the ‘Targowisko instrumentów’ (‘Instrument Fair’) at Forteca Kręglickich (ul. Zakroczymska 12) in Warsaw (Hall D).
Pipes of all sizes and types have arguably been known to all music-making nations. The technology is very simple: it was enough to just use a carefully folded piece of bark or reed to make an instrument that would produce the basic sounds. In more advanced, though still easily available to any skilful craftsman, techniques ducts were hollowed out in precisely measured pieces of wood, according to their expected pitch. These instruments have been improved and perfected in a variety of ways in different cultures.
The latest instalment in the Instruments with Soul series presents pipes (fujary, singular fujara, also known as piszczałki, singular piszczałka) from the region of Podhale, with accompanying information related to their varieties, similarities and differences as compared to corresponding instruments from the other parts of the Carpathian Mountains, including their traditional applications. We will learn about a holeless piszczałka, on which the musician can only play the basic tones and aliquot tones, about a bass three-hole fujara (featuring the technique of overblowing), about a small piszczałka with six holes which can play „nuty krzesane, ale i liryczne” (“both struck out and lyric notes”), and finally about the dwojnica (plural dwojnice, a kind of double flute) that can produce drone basses, characteristic of the Carpathian Mountains, as it is made of a single piece of wood. We will also find out when and how each of the instruments can be played in accordance with the highlanders’ tradition, and when it is forbidden. We will also have a chance to look at the tools and the production process – all narrated, presented and performed by Jan Karpiel-Bułecka, one of the foremost champions of the highlanders’ culture. The film was directed by Maciej Stasiński (WATRA).
For those of you who will not make it to the ‘Instrument Fair’, there will be an online presentation of the film, on 22 April, on the Institute of Music and Dance’s youtube channel IMITpolska. The video will also appear at www.imit.org.pl (in resources).
If you want to find out more about the piszczałki, fujary and dwojnice, the Institute of Music and Dance manages two blogs: ‘Instrumenty muzyczne’ (‘Musical instruments’) and ‘Tradycje muzyczne’ (‘Musical traditions’), which provide relevant reading materials, and there is also a special website introducing a rich variety of Polish folk musical instruments, including the pipes (www.ludowe.instrumenty.edu.pl).
Narrated by well-known artists and instrument builders, Instruments with Soul is a series of short educational films showcasing Polish folk instruments. Six episodes have been shown since 2016: Dudy podhalańskie (with Jan Karpiel-Bułecka), Kozioł biały i czarny (with Jan S. Prządka), Złóbcoki (with Krzysztof Trebunia-Tutka), Trombity beskidzkie (with the Golec brothers and Tadeusz Rucki), Ligawki (featuring Stanisław Jałocha and Piotr Dorosz) and Heligonka (with Czesław Pawlus). Subsequent episodes, to be produced in 2017, will present the devil's fiddle and the hurdy-gurdy. The videos are shown in the Polish and English language versions.