Maniucha & Ksawery


Photo Credit: Wojtek Rudzki


Maniucha & Ksawery draw on the deep-rooted yet endangered traditional songs of the vast Polesie region in Ukraine to shape their compositions, combining jazz improvisation with songs of spring, harvest, weddings, lullabies and love to create a narrative of the cycles of nature and human life. Vocalist Maniucha Bikont is known for her long-term involvement in both traditional and experimental fields and has spent many years travelling to meet and learn from old singers in the Ukranian villages. Double bass virtuoso Ksawery Wójciński’s spectrum of musical genres reaches from early music to contemporary improvised music and has collaborated with such avant-garde luminaries as Satoko Fuji and Mats Gustafsson. Together Maniucha & Ksawery produce vibrant and adventurous tone-poems out of their minimal instrumentation, as heard on their debut album, Oj Borom Borom, released earlier this year.

Maniucha Bikont - vocals
Ksawery Wójciński - double bass, vocals, bells