News
 
Bożena
Boba-Dyga
Poet, singer, composer, performer of improvised modern music, visual artist, art conservator, designer. One of the most original contemporary Polish artists. A polysensory artist combining visual arts, music, literature and theatre. An extraordinarily strong artistic personality believing in the unity of arts, freely employing multidimensional means of expression in keeping with her creative needs. A graduate of the Cracow Visual Arts Academy, the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Art and the academic humanities class specialising in Latin and Greek at the oldest Polish 1st B. Nowodworski High School in Kraków. Scholarship holder of the European Tempus Programm in Berlin, Germany
and Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst Berlin/Erlangen, Germany. Member of the Polish Writers Association and the Polish Visual Artists Association, member of the conservation section board and secretary of the Polish Conservators Board.

She commenced her musical education at the age of seven in the class of piano and percussion. She studied singing with Sonia Lehnert at the Music School in Kraków and later, with – among others – the famous Polish singer Olga Szwajgier in her Voice Laboratory and Alison Pearce, the lecturer of the Royal Music Academy of London during the Kraków Summer Music Academy masterclasses. She is fascinated with the eclecticism in music and combines elements of modern music, classical bel canto singing, ethnic music (especially Jewish music), French music and lyrical ballad. She composes and performs music and sets it to the poetry of poets of various generations including Ewa Chruściel, Krystyna Lenkowska, Eryk Ostrowski, Elżbieta Zechenter- Spławińska, Józef Baran, Stanisław Stabro, Witold
Zechenter, Bogusław Żurakowski as well as of her own. She participated in numerous festivals including the Student Song Festival in Kraków, Cracovia Sacra Festival, Kraków Accordion Festival, Przemyśl Poetry Autumn, Krynica Literature Autumn, Małopolska of Many Cultures Festival. She also recorded for the Polish Radio, Radio Alfa and Radio Chicago. She presented her poetry and music as a part of various cyclical events such as Kraków Night of Poetry and Music, Carols for the Homeless, Poetry All Saints’, The Kraków Bread of Hope, The Night of the Poets at the Royal Castle in Niepołomice, The Convention of Poets in Pawłowice, The Port of Poetry in Chorzów, Krynica Autumn of Poetry and Przemyśl Autumn of Poetry. She performed in various venues including The KTO Theatre, Radio Kraków, Rotunda, Piwnica pod Baranami, Pod Jaszczurami Club, Jazz Acoustic Piec Art Club, Loch Camelot, The Czecz Manor in Kraków, Przemyśl Culture and Science Centre “The Castle”, in the USA – New York, Boston, New London, Princeton, Trenton, in
Germany – Berlin, in Italy – Torino and in Ukraine – Vinnitsa. In 2008 an album entitled
“A Concert For Poems” was published by the paganini publishing house under the auspices of Polish Radio and Television in Kraków (Bożena Boba-Dyga: voice and compositions, Piotr Czerny: piano, Kinga Bocheńska-Szostak: violin, Marek Krupa: saxophone, Józef Michalik: double-bass, Sławek Berny: percussion instruments, Grzegorz Palus: accordion).
The reviews were extremely positive – let us cite one by the poet Adam Ziemianin:
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"I am so glad Bożena Boba - Dyga is able to combine words and music so accurately. The effects of such a marriage are so affectionate. And it is important she sings with all her heart and uses good poetry.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Utterly fascinated by the sound of the accordion, she cannot imagine her musical future without it. In 2009/2010 she recorded her second album entitled “AccordiON i Ona” (in Polish: “On” = ”he “ ,“Ona” = ” She”) where she performed with the accordion player. Jacek Sojan said about this recording:
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"…It is a musical journey of two soloists getting along with each other perfectly, wandering together through the poetry, the accordion interweaving its colourful aliquots into the dramatic images created through the theatrical melodeclamation or painted with the melancholy of the incantation. You don’t listen to it, you experience it. Such is the essence of the art – to meet, feeling the same emotion, to become, by the law of metanoia, a different, a better human being.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" In 2010 she co-founded the Quasi Una Fantasia ensemble in which she performs with the accordionist Maciej Zimka.

She published two volumes of poetry: The hiding place of Sylvia von Sielberstein (1st publication in 2003, 2nd publication in 2006 in the Kraków Poets Confraternity Publishing House) and The Drop published in 2007 by the Signo Publishing House. Two selections of her poetry have been published overseas: Written with the rain (2008) published in Lviv in a bilingual Polish-Ukrainian version by the Novyi Lviv Publishing House and Spokój Śniegu/ Calmness of the snow/ Gelassenheit des schnees/ Calme de neige (2009), addressed to the global village, published in four languages by the Br@ndbook Publishing House in Polish and also translated into English, French and German.She was awarded 2nd prize in the International Literary Contest „The adventure comes when it wants to” and the 1st prize in a Poetry Tournament. Her works were also published in the literary arts magazines, including “Odra”, Topos”, “Republic of Culture”, “The Forum of Free Thought”, “Fragile”, “The Cultural Gazette”, “Renovations and The Monuments of Culture” as well as in “The Polish Daily News”, “Kraków Gazette”, “Polish Daily News” in Chicago, USA, “The New Daily News” in NYC and in the Ukrainian “The Stanislavsk Newspaper”, “The Vinnitsk Newspaper” and “The Western Courier”. Since 2004 she has been included in the modern Polish poetry almanacks, her poetry can also be found in the internet, for example at the website of the Polish Writers Association – the Kraków branch, The Port of Poetry, The Wardrobe and many more. Among the ones who wrote about her works one may find Józef Baran, Elżbieta Zechenter-Spławińska, prof. Wojciech Ligęza, prof. Stanisław Stabro, Jacek Lubart-Krzysica, prof. Ignacy Stanisław Fiut, Eryk Ostrowski, Janusz M. Paluch, Marek Czuku, Marek Wawrzyński, Wojciech Węcław, Marek Pieńkowski OP, Agnieszka Żuchowska-Arent, Łukasz Mańczyk and many others.

In the area of visual arts she creates visual arts and literature assemblages, which have been presented many times in Poland and the USA and have also been published in the form of postcards. Bożena Bob-Dyga is also professional art renovator, specialising in the area of architecture. She conducted conservation works all over Poland, renovating over 300 objects including elevations of the historic tenement houses Hetmańska, Amodejowska, Czynciela, Pod Jaszczurką, Pod Blachą, Pod Słońcem in the Main Square area in Kraków, elevations of the Palace and Little Castle in Radziejowice near Warsaw, the interiors of the Stary Theatre in Kraków, The Polish Theatre in Bielsko-Biała, and the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Częstochowa, polychromies at the cathedral in Bielsko-Biała, at the Castle of the Presidents of Republic of Poland in Wisła, polychromies at the Salesian Brothers Church in Przemyśl and many others. For her work as an art renovator she was awarded many prizes including Modernisation of The Year (four times) and the Foundation of Piotrkowska Street Prize.
In 2010 Bozena Boba - Dyga founded the Art Forum Foundation the statute of which assumes promotion of syncretism in art in the spirit of the Wagnerian idea of Gesamtkunstwerk. She organised the inauguration of the Kraków Accordion Festival and the Graphic Score Workshops for the students of Kraków art academies, crowned with three exhibitions and concerts. She also introduced the concert cycle entitled Podgórze Accordion Fridays. She lives and works in Kraków.
more
Maciej
Zimka
Accordionist, composer, arranger, participating in artistic activities combining music, visual arts and theatre. He’s a graduate of the studies at the Academy of Music in Kraków studies in the accordion class of Associate Professor Janusz Pater. The art¬ist is especially interested in the works of composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including R. Haubenstock-Ramati, V. Holm¬boe, A. Nordheim, S.Gubajduli¬na, Z.Bargielski, T.Hosokawa, A. Krzanowski, C. Meijering).
Maciej Zimka is a prize-winner at numerous instrumental compe¬titions, both Polish and interna¬tional ones. Among others he won 1st prize of the Gorlice Accordion Confrontations (as a part of the Cord AniMa duo consisting of Anna Trólka – violin and Maciej Zimka – accordion), 1st prize at the International Accordion Competi¬tion in Vilnius (as a part of the Cord AniMa duo), 1st prize at the Inter¬national Accordion Music Compe¬tition in Mława,
1st prize at the International Accor¬dion Music Festival in Przemyśl, 3rd prize at the International Ac¬cordion Festival in Klingenthal, 3rd prize and the special prize for the best performance of a composi¬tion by Andrzej Krzanowski during the Andrzej Krzanowski Polish Ac¬cordion Competition in Czechow¬ice-Dziedzice and Bielsko-Biała as a part of the 21st Autumn Music Festival Alkagran, 3rd prize of the Polish Accordion Classes Audi¬tions in Gdańsk, 5th prize at the International Accordion Festival in Castelfidardo (Italy).
Maciej Zimka is an active musician performing classical and modern music, jazz and poetic song con¬certs both in Poland and overseas, both on his own and as a part of chamber music ensembles. He performed during numerous Pol¬ish and foreign festivals, including “Sound 12” in Newcastle upon Tyne (England), “Małopolska of Many Cultures Festival” in Zator, International Accordion Festival in Sanok, Kraków Accordion Festival, Kraków Composers’ Music Days, Kraków Nights Festival: Cracovia Sacra Night and The Kraków Poetry Night. Maciej Zimka also toured the USA (Chicago, Princeton, Trenton), performed in Italy (Torino), in the Ukraine (Lviv) and in Poland (Kraków, Wrocław, Warszawa, Jaworzno, Krosno, Sanok).
Maciej Zimka is also an active composer. He composes works for the accordion, other instruments and chamber music ensembles. Among his works one may find two string quartets, a sonata for violin and piano, a sonata for violin and accordion, “Songs of the Night” for a mezzo-soprano and piano set to the poetry of Eryk Ostrowski, an accordion sonata, Chanson I for accordion and Chanson II for two guitars. The composer’s works were presented during the 24th edition of Kraków Composers’ Music Days and the 22nd edition of Adam Didur Festival in Sanok. His compositions were published by the Absonic and Edition Astra Music Publishing Houses. Thanks to his activity in the field of composition more achievements and successes appear in his curriculum vitae, including 2nd prize at the International Composition Competition in Sanok, a distinction during the International Composition Competition in Sanok, 2nd distinction during the Adam Didur Polish Composition Competition, 3rd place during the Adam Didur Polish Composition Competition in Sanok. Maciej Zimka has also been awarded numerous scholarships including the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship, President of the Council of Ministers scholarship as well as Sapere Auso scholarship, several times.
more