Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory) is a group of female singers from Poland, created in 2013.
Using traditional, polyphonic singing they perform songs from all over the world, mainly: Ukraine, Balkans, Poland, Belarus, Georgia, Scandinavia and many other places. They sing a capella as well as with shaman drums and other ethnic instruments (shruti box, kalimba, flute, gong, zaphir and koshi chimes, singing bowls, rattles etc.), creating a new space in a traditional song, adding voice improvisations, inspired by sounds of nature, often intuitive, wild and feminine.
Traditional songs are often brought from their source – different regions of Poland, Europe and world, by the members of the group – having their unique history and evolving in the course of work. Finally they are performed in a new form – traditional or enriched.
Laboratorium Pieśni is a winner of TRYTON PRIZE on FAMA Festival 2014 for the greatest artistic personality of the festival.
In search for inspiration
Apart from concerts...
Laboratorium Pieśni, apart from singing, is also conducting field research, in order to find new-old music: trip to Albania – polyphonic songs (2014), research in Kashubian region – funeral songs (2013/2014), research in Lower Silesia region – carol singers rituals (winter 2013). The group is also creating theatre performances, where using traditional songs they tell stories about disappearing rites: ‘Pory Roku’ (Seasons) 2013, ‘Puste Noce – Pieśni, które już się kończą’ (Empty Nights – Songs that have come to an end) 2014.
Founders of Laboratorium Pieśni
The founders of Laboratorium Pieśni: Alina Jurczyszyn – The Academy for Theater Practices ‘Gardzienice’ graduate and Kamila Bigus – The Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk graduate, are leading the project called ‘Akademia Laboratorium Pieśni (Academy of Song Laboratory) on the University of Gdansk, as well as organizing and leading workshops of traditional singing in other places. Laboratorium Pieśni is also a co-organizer of the festival Etnowiosnowisko.