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ESSENTIAL KILLING – Jerzy Skolimowski: Polish Films in Cinematheque – CIA

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Vincent Gallo stars in Jerzy Skolimowski’s latest film, an existential action movie which nabbed the Best Actor prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. (The movie itself got the Grand Special Jury Prize.) Gallo plays a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan who is captured and interrogated after killing three Americans. He is flown to a detention center in East Europe, but manages to escape into the cold, snowy wilderness that surrounds the base. This beautifully-shot, largely wordless thriller is an elemental drama that poetically ponders the human condition. With Emmanuelle Seigner (Roman Polanski’s wife). Imported 35mm color print! Cleveland premiere. On Thursday the film will be introduced by Joanna Trzeciak, Assistant Professor in the department of Modern and Classical Language Studies at Kent State University, and followed by a reception organized by the Polish American Cultural Center. Subtitles. 83 min.

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Polish Dance Party for Polonia Cleveland Sports Club.

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Polonia Sports Club is organizing a dance party to benefit the club.
We will be kicking it off at 8pm at the Polish American Cultural Center in Cleveland ohio.
Tickets are only $10.
This is a fundraiser and all proceeds go toward Polonia Sports Club.
We wil have a live band “Sunny Days”
Stop by for some Polish Beer and Live Music
For more info and to reserve tickets call: (440) 941-2583 (more…)

Concert of Klezmafour at the Center

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Klezmafour is a young klezmer band from Lublin, Poland, playing modern klezmer music (a musical tradition of East European Jews). Earlier this week they fascinated a local audience in Cleveland with their energy and skill and they have agreed to stay on to play one more time in Cleveland, Friday, March 11th at 7 PM, at the Polish-American Cultural Center, 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105.

Klezmafour  plays modern music, mixing the styles of today with musical traditions from Poland and Eastern Europe. Please come to enjoy this great music and to meet these gifted musicians from Poland. Free event; free will offering accepted.

 Here’s a review  of  their first album: 

by Keith Wolzinger, Klezmer Podcast, 8 Sep 2008.

New bands are always appearing on the Klezmer scene, but one of the most exciting bands I have found is Klezmafour, a fabulous, high-energy group based in Poland. I’ve been listening to their hot new album, the self-titled Klezmafour for some time now, and it has become one of my top favorites for this year.

The band has been performing since 1999, mostly in Poland and neighboring Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. With the release of this CD, Klezmafour has put their name on the world Klezmer map. I’m sure they will be touring widely very soon.

The music is a combination of traditional Klezmer tunes mixed with original material. The music is quite lively and, in the right places, very emotional. They blend styles and make just the right transitions, putting the music front and center, making this a magnificent listening experience. While the music is aimed at the younger crowd, there is plenty here for the more seasoned listener to appreciate. The lead duo of Andrzej Czaplinski and Wojciech Czaplinski (Violin and Clarinet, respectively) are brothers from a musical family. Together, they lead the band through a broad range of Klezmer styles, with some Balkan and Middle-Eastern influences. The music is fresh, and I find it irresistible.

Opening the album, “The Storm,” an arrangement by Wojciech, sets the tone for all that is to follow. A nice groove is set by the rhythm section, then the Clarinet enters with a Klezmer melody. Later they switch to a tune I know as “Tantz, Tantz Yidelekh,” but they play it at half tempo, with a fast rhythmic background. Very effective. There is even some thunder added for effect, hence the track’s title.

My favorite track has to be “Psalm,” arranged by Andrezej. It begins with a series of long electronic chords, that give a feeling of other-worldliness. Lots of ambiance behind the soulful violin solo. The Clarinet and Violin alternate with the melody in a very slow tempo, then suddenly we are up to speed, and the band kicks into high gear with the fast melody and some wizardry from the Bass.

“Suite Part 1″ and “2″ are further examples of some very creative arranging by Andrzej and Drummer Tomasz Waldowski. “Suite Part 1″ is slow, ethereal, with a nice Clarinet melody, and subdued background. “Part 2″ opens with some wild Bass, leading to a great melody- first by Accordion, then with harmonized Clarinet/Violin. There is even room for Accordion and Clarinet solos. Then they sing and clap in a slower tempo, speeding up gradually to the original tempo, followed by a Drum break before ending. This has to be the most fun track for the band. You can’t help but sing along.

The Middle-Eastern influence is most apparent on “Safar Al Omr.” with a heavy beat from the Drums, particularly the Toms. It’s a very interesting track, with the Clarinet melody played over some very interesting rhythms from the Bass/Accordion/Violin combination. If you like Drums, this is the one for you!

“Lublin Station” and “Bialystok Station” (both by Wojciech) are a short suite wiith some contemporary elements. There is even a bit of Bulgar rhythm. Together they show the range and versatility of Klezmafour. This is the essence of their music, and I find it very engaging.

The sound quality is outstanding. Of course, the bass and drums sounded magnificent on my home theater, but the mix is balanced and each instrument is clear and distinct. The mix also held up well in the car as well as on computer speakers and earbuds.

These songs all fit together very well. There wasn’t anything on the album that I didn’t like. Klezmafour has hit on a new sound that, I believe, makes a bold statement on the the future direction of Klezmer. For more on Klezmafour, listen to my interview with Wojciech on Klezmer Podcast 36 

KlezmaFour began in 1999 in Lublin, Poland. Their artistic inspiration is the history of their own city, where at times music traditions from East, West and South have met and mixed. They play songs originating in the Jewish tradition and the Balkan culture, along with their own compositions.

Central to their band is the concept of perfect harmony. ‘We want to create music in such a way as to sound like it coming from a single instrument. A skillful, balanced feeling of colors, proportion and dynamics – this has been the goal since our founding.”

A background of hard work and extensive musical education, informed by a mature professionalism and wisdom, helps them realize their goal of ‘perfect harmony’.

Koncert Klezmafour w Centrum

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

W piątek, 11-tego marca o 7-mej wieczorem w Centrum odbędzie się koncert polskiej grupy Klezmafour. Serdecznie zapraszamy!

Tutaj można usłyszeć jak grają: Klezmafour

Zespół KLEZMAFOUR powstał w 1999 roku w Lublinie. Od tamtego czasu stale koncertuje. Ma na swoim koncie występy w wielu miastach Polski i za granicą (Hiszpania, Niemcy, Słowacja, Austria, Szwajcaria). Niejednokrotnie nagrywał również dla radia i telewizji. Inspiracją dla artystycznej aktywności kwintetu jest historia miasta, z którego pochodzą, miasta, w którym mieszały się niegdyś muzyczne tradycje Wschodu, Zachodu i Południa.

W ich repertuarze znajdują się:

  • Utwory stylizowane muzyką mniejszości żydowskiej i fascynującą kulturą Bałkanów.
  • Kompozycje własne członków zespołu.

Rzeczą do której od samego początku istnienia zespół przywiązywał szczególną uwagę, to idealne zgranie. “Chcemy, aby nasza muzyka brzmiała, jak wykonywana na jednym instrumencie. Doskonałe wyczucie proporcji barwowych i dynamicznych oraz umiejętne operowanie nimi – to nasz cel, do którego dążymy od początku”. Członkowie zespołu są absolwentami Uniwersytetu Muzycznego im Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie. Gruntowne przygotowanie i edukacja muzyczna od najmłodszych lat pozwalają im realizować swoje założenie “idealnego zgrania” w sposób profesjonalny i przemyślany.

Z wiadomości 

Nathan Carterette in Concert

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Nathan Carterette

Nathan Carterette

Please come to hear Nathan Carterette present an all-Chopin program at the Center on Friday, Feb. 25th at 7:00 PM. The concert will feature the Sonata no.2 “Funeral March,” the Preludes, op.28 and Liszt transcriptions of Chopin’s Polish songs, op.72.

The winner of both the Steinway Society of Massachussetts and the Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev competitions, Nathan Carterette has been praised as “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer). He has been presented in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City, Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, among many others. He graduated from the Yale University School of Music, and a chance encounter with Welsh composer-pianist Dafydd Llylwelyn led to intensive study in Munich, where he premiered Llywelyn’s visionary piano cycle, “TimeQuake.” He is a frequent guest artist on recital series at Kent State University in Ohio, Radford University in Virginia and the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Concert at the Polish American Cultural Center, 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105, Friday, Feb. 25th at 7 PM. Free will offering. Reception, with coffee, tea, desserts, and cash bar.

Reverse Raffle and Dinner Dance Fundraiser is November 20, 2010

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

You are cordially invited to attend a dinner dance and the Reverse Raffle to be held on November 20, 2010 at the Polish American Cultural Center Building on Lansing Avenue. Cocktail hour will start at 5:30 PM followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. John & Mark Szleszynski duo will play for our pleasure after the raffle is completed. This is our fund-raiser dinner and we hope you will be able to participate.

The cost of the dinner and Main Board ticket is $50 per person. Cost of dinner only is $25. The grand prize is $1000 and will be awarded to the holder of the last Main Board ticket drawn. There will be numerous prizes given to the Main Board ticket holders. You will also have an opportunity to play the $5, $4 and $3 Side Boards.

We plan to have good time and hope you can join us.


Eugene Bak

Reverse Raffle and Dinner Dance

GRAND PRIZE -$1000.00
Numerous prizes awarded during the main raffle.

Plus $5, $4 & $3 side boards!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Cocktails reception at 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Dinner is served at 6:30 PM


Dinner and Main Board Tickets – $50 per person

Dinner and Dance only – $25 per person

For tickets please call Alina at 440-888-1567

or see any officer of the PACC.

Movie by Mariusz Kotowski and promotion of the book by Stanisław Kwiatkowski

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Mariusz Kotowski is a Polish-born film director and producer. He has gained a reputation for cinematic portrayals that are atypical of both Hollywood and independent film styles and that cleverly mix different film approaches into a cohesive whole.

Stanisław Kwiatkowski, absolwent Szkoły Glównej Planowania i Statystyki (SGH) w Warszawie i Szkoły Filmowej w Lodzi. Od 1978 roku mieszka w USA. Wieloletni redaktor naczelny miesięcznika kulturalnego Forum, wydawanego przez Polsko Amerykańskie Centrum Kultury w Cleveland. Autor szeregu opowiadań i książki “Niedokończony lot”.

Polish Independence Day Reception

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Everybody welcome! The event is free and open to the public.

Jarosław Gołembiowski Polish-American Pianist and Composer in Concert

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Jarosław Gołembiowski is a teacher, composer, as well as a lecturer.  He was born in Poland where he earned two Masters Degrees: Music Education and in Music Theory, Conducting and Composition from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland.  He settled in Chicago in 1986 where he established his piano studio.  “Candlelight” was his first published work which can be found on “Colorful Keyboard Classics-Vol 2.”  He has been commissioned to write works by the Kościuszko Foundation, Lira Singers, the Polonus Philatelic Society, the Polish American Congress – Illinois Division, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and the Polish Arts Club of Chicago.  In 2002 he released his CD “New Music”. Currently he is a Doctoral Candidate at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The concert at the Center is free and open to the public. Donations will be appreciated.

Piotr Rubik concert – SANTO SUBITO

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Polish American Cultural Center is sponsoring Piotr Rubik concert entitled SANTO SUBITO.
It is Canto Biography of Pope John Paul II. It is a musical spectacle with 40 performers and 8 soloists.

The concert is in Magnificat HS Auditorium 20220 Hilliard Ave., Rocky River, OH on Thursday October 14, 2010 at 8 PM.

Tickets are $45 in Balcony and $60 & $70 in orchestra and mezzinine if purchased in advance and may be ordered by sending a check to PACC 6501 Lansing Ave., Cleveland, OH 44105 or by calling Gene Bak at 440 263 5552