Kroke stands for Krakow in Yiddish, and the band seeks to ground its inspiration in the multicultural, multiethnic past of the former capital of Poland. The trio was established by Music Academy graduates in 1992. The artists initially based their sound on klezmer music but soon began to incorporate world music elements, drawing inspiration from the sounds of the orient, jazz, and folk. At first, Kroke played in the streets of the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, taking their music back to the streets, which used to thrum to its sound decades prior.
Meeting with Steven Spielberg resulted in the band playing at the Polish premiere of the blockbuster "The Schindler's List" and performed at the Survivors Reunion in Jerusalem. Given an opportunity to speak with the survivors, many of them klezmers, the musicians gained a deeper understanding of what their music can achieve and received a blessing to continue playing and growing their unique, spiritual sound. As a result, Kroke soon grew to be one of the most respected world music groups in Europe. Their cooperation with world-famous violinist Nigel Kennedy resulted in a festival tour, which introduced Kroke to music fans across the globe.
Kroke received numerous accolades, including a nomination to BBC Radio 3 "World Music" award. The group's discography lists 20 albums, each of them introducing new quality to the uniquely Kroke sound, which is instantly recognizable.
One of the leading post-rock bands on the Polish music scene confirmed their return to the night stage at the Academy of the Finest of Arts. Tides from Nebula will take the audience on a journey of discovering music and sounds at an intimate show at the AFA tent.
The stunningly talented artist gave a great performance at the online edition of the festival and previously, at the Night AFA Stage. Renata Przemyk returns to the festival this summer.
Morgane Ji is the perfect example of the successful blending of multiple ancestries, as befits her native Réunion. The artist will showcase her unique blend of music styles at Pol'and'Rock Festival.