THE JACARAS ensemble and Mateusz Ławniczak
Jacaras
Jacaras
 
The Jacaras group was created in 2009, at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music. It consists of musicians from Wrocław and a Mexican vocalist, Julieta González–Springer, the graduate of the Kraków Academy of Music and Geneva Early Music Center. The leader of the ensemble is prof. Piotr Zaleski, guitar Professor at the Wrocław Academy

Jacaras specialises in dances and songs of XVII and XVIII-century Spain and Latin America, arranged for modern instruments.These zestful and expressive dances can be found in today’s popular music of many countries, especially in flamenco style. The presented music is accompanied by a short commentary. 
This year Jacaras finished the season with a series of concerts in the Canary Islands organised by the Blas Sanches Foundation. At the moment Jacaras is recording its second album featuring mainly vocal music.  
 
The group has performed at numerous polish and international music festivals, e.g.:
- Lubuskie Guitar Meeting
- Polish/German Guitar Days in Frankfurt upon Oder
- Wroclaw Guitar Festival
- International Guitar Meeting in Sanok
- Polish Guitar Academy Festival
- ‘Baroque Summer’ Festival in Rybna
- ‘Spring Guitar Concerts’ in Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin 
-‘Gitariada’ Music Festival in Kłodzko
- Witowice Guitar Festival
- International ‘Music at the Cathedral’ Festival in Kołobrzeg
- ‘The Music of The World’ Festival in Pabianice​
- Tansman Guitar Festival in Kępno
- The ‘Gitaraton’ Milicz Guitar Festival
- The Eugeniusz Branka Summer Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Władysławowo
- The Toruń ‘Silent Music’ Festival
- Narol Arte Festival
- The Blas Sanches Foundation Festival in Grand Canaria
- The Blas Sanches Foundation Festival in Fuerteventura
 
Musicians:
 
Piotr Zaleski​ – timple Canario
Julieta González-Springer​ – soprano,​ castanets 
Mateusz Ławniczak, Łukasz Oleszek, Martin Złotnicki ​– guitars
Łukasz Figiel​ – bass guitar
Jakub Persona​ – percussion instruments

Multimedia:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBtLrylmHOk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8wzEp_4tPM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWSRV2Z-2ko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th22RtLdWFY
http://promok.pl/player/?id=1518 
 
 
Reviews:
 
http://www.pik.wroclaw.pl/pressroom/Coraz-lepszy-Jacaras-n4743.html
http://www.nowezyciepabianic.pl/wp/2014/10/20/julieta-i-jacaras/
http://www.miastokolobrzeg.pl/kultura/6665-xiiii-festiwal-qmuzyka-w-katedrzeq-za-nami.html 
 

Mateusz Ławniczak
lute/guitar, voice
 
Mateusz Ławniczak is one of the few musicians who present renaissance lute songs playing both the part of the singer and the accompanist. This way of performance is an attempt to revive the old renaissance tradition of which the most famous representative was Francesco Petrarca. The famous “Cantore al liuto” would accompany himself to his own poetry. Today this type of performance is on one hand an absolute rarity and on the other helps to unite the vocal and instrumental part. It is also hard to imagine that the famous English lutenist John Dowland being both a composer, lutenist and a skillful singer did not perform his songs on his own. Definitely it would go in line with the spirit of the age where possessing various skills was held in such high esteem.

Mateusz Ławniczak is an open minded musician proving that early music can be played in an original way whilst paying attention to the values of traditional performance. The manner of singing is a conscious choice which to some extent embodies the view of John Potter, the author of Tenor: History of a Voice, who claims that the pre-romantic way of singing was more focused on text delivery and individuality of sound then on ideal reproduction of a voice type. Mateusz Ławniczak’s interpretations are on one hand an outcome of historical knowledge and text analysis and on the other a result of individual approach free from cliches. The musician’s main characteristic is technical skillfulness in very often difficult accompaniments and an exceptional talent for expression. The artist’s creative endeavours are supported by a professional classical instrument training and a deep interest in the culture of renaissance England cultivated during studies at the Wrocław English Philology Department. The result is a unique project acclaimed by specialists.

Mateusz Ławniczak’s career started in 2016 with the performance at the International Tytuvenai Festival in Lithuania. The second show came very soon and it was again Lithuania but this time the concert was held at M.K. Ciurlionis house in Vilnius and the artist has been re-invited there since then. The year 2017 was marked by two important shows - one within Maj z Muzyką Dawną (Poland) and the second one within Viljandi Early Music Festival (Estonia). Also in 2017 Mateusz Ławniczak became the laureate of the prestigious Gdansk Shakespeare Festival (Poland) and since then keeps cooperating with the theatre. The musician is being invited by National TV and Radio. The latest success is a performance for the Polish National Radio 2 - the prestigious national channel devoted strictly to classical music. The artist’s latest concert success is two recitals at Polska Akademia Gitary (Poland) in 2018 - the festival organised by the famous guitarist Łukasz Kuropaczewski. At the moment Mateusz is preparing for Maj z Muzyką Dawną 2019.

Mateusz Lawniczak is a graduate of Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław in the guitar classes of prof. Piotr Zaleski and dr. Waldemar Gromolak. He is also a longtime member of Jacaras - a unique guitar ensemble founded by Prof Piotr Zaleski which specialises in the interpretations of spanish baroque guitar music. Jacaras thanks to its original formula and constant creative search have built a very stable position on classical guitar scene performing at the majority of guitar festivals in Poland and receiving regular invitations to festivals abroad. In 2018 for the fourth time Jacaras had the opportunity to give a series of concerts in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) within a festival organised by Blas Sanchez Foundation.


Quotes:

“Mateusz Ławniczak’s song project is a perfect combination of vocal talent, instrumental virtuosity and a deep interest in the culture of Renaissance England…” - Anton Birula (Lute Duo)
 
“Absolute phenomenon - both in Poland and worldwide…” - Polish Guitar Academy
 
“This beautiful tale built of words, singing and lute playing with which Mateusz Ławniczak presented us will remain in our memory and hearts for long.” - Prof. Alina Madry - Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan)
 
“Mateusz Ławniczak’s magical performance transfers the audience to the other world…” - Gdansk Shakespeare Festival”
 
 
Video:

Can She Excuse My Wrongs, John Dowland (lute)
Can She Excuse My Wrongs, John Dowland (guitar)
Pastime with Good Company, Henry VIII (guitar)
Weep You No More Sad Fountains, John Dowland (guitar)
When Laura Smiles, Philip Rosseter (guitar)

Reviews:

Gdansk Shakespeare Festival (Poland)
International Tituvenai Festival (Lithuania)
Zwierciadlo.pl

Radio:

Polish Radio Wroclaw