Ewa Demarczyk in 1966.
|Born||16 January 1941|
|Labels||Polskie Nagrania Muza, Wifon, Decca Records, Melodiya|
|Associated acts||Piwnica pod Baranami|
Ewa Demarczyk (born 16 January 1941) is a former Polish singer. She is generally associated with the sung poetry music genre and the Piwnica pod Baranami cabaret.
Demarczyk is recognized as one of the most talented and charismatic singers in the history of Polish music.She is praised for her unique interpretations, expression, and unusual stage personality. In the 1960s, she drew comparisons with Édith Piaf. In Poland, Ewa would be often referred to as "the Dark Angel".
She started her career in 1961, when she joined Jagiellonian University Medical College's student cabaret Cyrulik. After one year she left Cyrulik for Piwnica pod Baranami, where she met Zygmunt Konieczny, with whom she would work for the next four years.
Her first big success was a performance at 1963 National Festival of Polish Song in Opole where she got an award for the songs "Karuzela z madonnami", "Taki pejzaż" and "Czarne anioły". Later the same year Ewa sang also at Sopot International Song Festival and was named the best artist of 1963 by Polish journalists. In 1964 she took the second place in Sopot for "Grande Valse Brillante". The artist went on to perform at Olympia in Paris, after Bruno Coquatrix's invitation,as well as at the ceremony celebrating 20th anniversary of United Nations.
In 1966, graduated from Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts (however, later she never played any part in a movie). The same year the artist teamed up with another composer, Andrzej Zarycki. The year 1967 saw the release of her first longplay album, Ewa Demarczyk śpiewa piosenki Zygmunta Koniecznego, which proved to be a major success and was later certified Platinum for selling over 100,000 copies.
At the turn of the 1960s and 1970s, she travelled extensively around the world to countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, United States, Australia, United Kingdom and Finland. She performed in numerous world-renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Chicago Theatre.
Demarczyk left the Piwnica pod Baranami in 1972. Two years later her next album was issued, including some new Polish songs plus four Russian-language versions of her previously known hits. It was released in Russia by the state-owned label Melodiya and sold in excess of several million copies. Later in the 1970s Ewa Demarczyk was awarded with an honorary award at Opole Festival and Order of Polonia Restituta.
Her 1982 live album, simply titled Live, turned out to be a big success, achieving Gold certification in Poland.In the mid-1980s the singer founded her own theatre in Kraków. In spite of formal difficulties, it was soon shut down, although enjoyed interest. In the 1990s her albums were re-released on CD and the artist got a number of awards in recognition of her input to Polish culture. Ewa Demarczyk continued to perform live until the late 1990s.
She gave her last concert on 8 November 1999 at the Grand Theatre in Poznań and afterwards she completely withdrew from public life. In 2001, a foundation Teatr Ewy Demarczyk was created.
Her repertoire consists of demanding, not easily accessible interpretations of poems. Since her songs are often based on poems of great "classical" poets, both Polish such as Julian Tuwim and Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński and foreign like Goethe, Mandelstam, Rainer Maria Rilke or avant-garde writers, such as Miron Białoszewski, the genre that Demarczyk is associated with is called sung poetry.
In her performances, she unites both dramatic theatrical expression and vocal art (she is a graduate of both a drama school and conservatory, where she studied the piano). Every song she performs is in fact a short musical drama of enormous intensity.
The list presents the songs sung by Ewa Demarczyk arranged in alphabetical order:
|Am Sonntagnachmittag||Stanisław Baliński||Leszek Długosz|
|Babuni||Marina Tsvetaeva||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Ballada o cudownych narodzinach Bolesława Krzywoustego||Gallus Anonymus||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Biegnie dziewczyna lasem||Bolesław Leśmian||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Canción de las voces serenas||Jaime Torres Bodet||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Cyganka||Osip Mandelstam||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Czarne anioły ("Black Angels")||Wiesław Dymny||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Czerwonym blaskiem otoczona||Stanisław Ratold||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Dans bien longtemps||Robert Desnos||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Der Herbst des Einsamen||Georg Trakl||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Deszcze ("Rains")||Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Don Juan||Marina Tsvetaeva||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Folguj szczątkom swej młodości||Wisława Szymborska||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Garbus||Bolesław Leśmian||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Grande Valse Brillante||Julian Tuwim||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Groszki i róże||Julian Kacper||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Il était une feuille||Robert Desnos||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Imię Twoje ("Your Name")||Marina Tsvetaeva||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Jaki śmieszny||Wincenty Faber||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Karuzela z madonnami||Miron Białoszewski||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Kląskały słodko słowiki||Joanna Olczak-Ronikier||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Kupcie szczeniaka||Tadeusz Śliwiak||Julian Kaszycki|
|Musik im Mirabell||Georg Trakl||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Nähe des Geliebten||Johann Wolfgang von Goethe||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Nie ma nas||Leszek Długosz||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Nieśmiertelniki||Bronisława Ostrowska||Andrzej Zarycki|
|O czemu pan||Agnieszka Osiecka||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Opuszczony dom ("The Abandoned Home")||Wiesław Dymny||Adam Nowak|
|Osjan||Bolesław Leśmian||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Palma sola||Nicolás Guillén||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Panna Śnieżna||Andrei Bely||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Pieśń nad Pieśniami||Solomon||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Piosenka pod choinkę||Leszek Długosz||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Pocałunki ("Kisses")||Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Pokochaj mnie ("Love Me")||Emanuel Schlechter||Robert Stolz|
|Przychodzimy, odchodzimy||Janusz Jęczmyk||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Psalmen für den Hausgebrauch||Tadeusz Nowak||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Psalmy Dawida||David||Stanisław Radwan|
|Puchowy śniegu tren||Andrzej Włast||P. Arezzo|
|Purpurowe ciepłe słońce||Tadeusz Miciński||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Rebeka||Andrzej Włast||Zygmunt Białostocki|
|Ronda del fuego||Gabriela Mistral||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Samotność ("Loneliness")||Bolesław Leśmian||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Schattengetränk||Bolewsław Leśmian||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Skrzypek Hercowicz||Osip Mandelstam||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Słowiki ("Nightingales")||Joanna Olczak-Ronikier||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Smutna, niedokończona historia – Laura i on||Mikhail Lermontov||Krzysztof Litwin|
|Stary Cygan||J. Wima||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Sur le pont d’Avignon||Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Szewczyk||Bolesław Leśmian||Jerzy Wysocki|
|Taki pejzaż||Andrzej Szmidt||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Time long past||Percy Bysshe Shelley||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Tomaszów||Julian Tuwim||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Wiersze wojenne ("War Poems")||Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński||Zygmunt Konieczny|
|Wiosenna noc w Starym Krakowie||Franciszek Serwatka||Franciszek Serwatka|
|Z ręką na gardle||Jerzy Skolimowski||Krzysztof Komeda|
|Zbyt młodam||Robert Burns||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Zmory wiosenne||Bolesław Leśmian||Andrzej Zarycki|
|Życie szare||Anna Akhmatova||Andrzej Zarycki|
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