(Czech Republic)

Ponk by Matej Kmet
  • event type:WOMEX 16 Showcase
  • date:22 Oct 2016
  • time:14:15 - 15:15
  • city/area:Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Daycase Stage, Level 3, Building 1, Cidade da Cultura
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Death, disaster, murder and mayhem are the staple themes of folk ballads from the Appalachians to the Carpathians; Moravia, the easternmost province 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.

Michal Krystynek - violin, vocals
Eduard Tomastik - cimbalom, vocals
Jakub Nozicka - double bass, vocals