Featuring Steve Meisner, Karl, & more!
|During the summer of 1998, Wisconsin polka musicians were in the
spotlight as never before. On stage at the Smithsonian Folklife
Festival in Washington, DC and at the Wisconsin Folklife Festival in
Madison, new audiences had an opportunity to hear and dance to these
accomplished performers. Among the artists were Steve Meisner, Karl
Hartwich, Mark Dombrowski and Marie Kubowski, some of the younger
generation of polka musicians, now truly come of age. In the heart of
their musical careers, these thirty-something aged musicians were filmed
in lively outdoor performances. In the program, they discuss their
music’s past and future and offer us a rare treat—intimate unplugged
solo and duo performances that provide an up-close view of their
artistry. The unplugged performances include a new composition by
accordion standout Steve Meisner, Karl Hartwich’s inventive concertina
improvisations on old tunes, and nineteenth century Polish house party
music by siblings Mark and Marie on clarinet and concertina.