Death, disaster, murder and mayhem are the staple themes of folk ballads from the Appalachians to the Carpathians; Moravia, the easternmost region of the Czech Republic, has its share of tales of doom and gloom. Ponk – three musicians from the city of Brno – take these as the raw material for their explorations into the sonic possibilities of integrating their Moravian roots with a broad palette of modern influences within a traditional line-up of cimbalom, violin and double-bass.
All three have a background of classical music education as well as wide experience in folklore groups, but their taste in music has also been formed by other sounds from the global village green, from rock to hip-hop. Ponk allow all these elements to creatively coalesce to become, as per the title of their debut album, Postfolklor.
Postfolklor has received positive reviews from all over the world. It was featured in Top 20 World Music Charts Europe and played by radio stations in Germany, France, Poland, Greece and USA. In March 2016, Ponk was awarded Andel music prize for the best Czech world music album of 2015.
This year the trio composed and recorded music soundtrack to „KIV. – King by favour of the divine mercy“, interactive comic with game elements for the biggest local state TV channel Czech Television.
The band was chosen to represent the Czech Republic at international showcase & conference Czech Music Crossroads in summer 2016. Ponk will be the first band ever to sing in Czech language at WOMEX.
WOMEX 2016 showcase:
SATURDAY 22 October, 14:15,
Daycase stage, Level 3, Cidadede Cultura,