Here we come
The name of the group, in a free translation, means The Mozart's Group (official english name: the mozART Group] but the fact that it is spelled with the capital "C" (pronounced "ts" in Polish) in the middle of the word gives you the hint that thisRead More
is something more than a classical string quartet!
The names that make Grupa MoCarta are: Filip Jaslar - first violin; Michał Sikorski - second violin; Paweł Kowaluk - viola; Bolek Błaszczyk - cello. They are all well educated instrumentalists who graduated from prestigious Academies of Music in Warsaw and Łódz, but they decided to play classical music in a humorous way. What is more, they created something like a musical cabaret, one in which the music, not the words were the source of laughter.
The power of their jokes can be characterized like this: they take a classical composition as canvas, analyze its structure and theme, and surround it with musical associations. So while listening to the final product one is constantly surprised by various musical quotations.
As they explain: "We exist despite the solemness of the great concert halls, despite the boredom of the everyday life of the classical musicians, despite the fanatic lovers of classical music, despite the fans of rock, rap or pop who are afraid of classical music. We treat our Mother Music with a humorous irony and we are sure she will have nothing against it!"
The musicians of Grupa MoCarta have been playing together since 1995. At the beginning, they presented short musical jokes on Canal Plus television. They gave their first concert in 1997 at the PAKA - competition of young Polish cabarets in Krakow. In the same year, they presented their first cabaret program entitled "Mozart's Still Alive" and since then, they have given many concerts in Poland and abroad.
Grupa MoCarta appeared often on Polish television and received many prestigious prizes, i.e. "Złota Szpilka" ("The Golden Pin") - the Grand Prix of the XVIII Festival of Satire and Comedy in Lidzbark; "Pingwin z brazu" (the Bronze Penguin) - the prize given by the cabaret community of Zielona Gora, an informal capitol of Polish cabaret. The Group often performed together with the world-famous comic mime from Poland, Ireneusz Krosny.
The second program of the Group, in which they took Vivaldi as their patron, was entitled "The Four Seasons According to Grupa MoCarta".Similar subtitle has their first CD "Kreatury" ("Creatures") where each of the "seasons" begins the same as Vivaldi's compositions. Later on, however, it runs freely in the direction of various Polish and world songs about spring, summer, autumn and winter. The piece provides the listener with over 70 minutes of a sophisticated, perfectly arranged and played fun!
In 2004 Grupa MoCarta published their second album "Cztery struny swiata".