ZORYA

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

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Karolina Beimcik was born in Poznań, Poland. She is trained as a classical violinist and jazz singer, drawing from many other influences, including Polish and Ukrainian folk music & poetry.

She is also an intense researcher of archives and historical narratives and she seeks to incorporate and recast her research in work informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression.

In addition to her Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance which she obtained at Queens College in New York City, Beimcik also earned her MA in Cultural Studies at the Cultural Studies Institute - Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznań, Poland. In 2008 she accomplished Jazz Music Program at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Her awards and accolades include second prize at the New Tradition Festival with the project "Babooshki" (Warsaw, 2011), Grand Prix at The Niemen Non-Stop Festival (Slupsk, 2008), Polish Television Special Prize (2008), Marshall of Pomerania Prize (2008), second prize at The International Jazz Singers Competition (Zamosc, 2007). In 2014 she received a Polish Society of Authors and Composers scholarship.

She currently resides in New York

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.

She 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.

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