Dulcimer is a shaped stringed instrument similar to a trapeze. It has the form of a flat box with steel strings. The sound is extracted by hitting dulcimer with wooden sticks. The length and form of sticks depend on dulcimer player's taste and tradition.


The ways of playing the dulcimer and sounds of this instrument are very various. A skilled musician is able to extract from dulcimer low and high sounds. The dulcimer complements with its sound playing other instruments. The best tunes performed by dulcimer are fast-paced, entertaining and lively melodies and dances.

One of the heroes - innkeeper Yankel in the epic "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz played Gypsy dulcimer and in that way he could "tell" the audience poignant stories.
Current dulcimer occur in just 40 countries in Europe, Asia and America.

projekt - warsztaty


Is it possible to create MUSEUM OF SOUND?

In our project, the old folk instruments with unusual names such as: gadulka, sarangi, Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others will come to life in the hands of professional musicians. Fusing the sounds will help to create SOUND BANK. Thanks to modern, motion-sensitive controllers will be possible to create original arrangements.

Under the project we will conduct workshops where participants will compose and play a variety of tunes - we will create  together THE ORCHESTRA OF INVISIBLE INSTRUMENTS. The lasting effect of the project will be also a website that will enable to compose and play music by using PC keyboard.

During the workshop participants will get acquainted with folk instruments and know the rules of composing contemporary music. They will learn what is silence in music, the importance of the roles in the Orchestra and what does a Conductor actually do. They will find answers to the questions: whether noise can be melodic? whether silence only serves as a break during broadcast of music?
We will look for connections between the old, folk instruments and the advantages of the latest technology - each workshop participant will be able to perform a piece of music by using motion sensitive controller.

The workshop will be held at the Janusz Korczak Children's Museum in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The workshops conducted during week will be for organized groups and the workshops for individuals - on weekends.

The workshops are free.