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Ponk

Ponk - Foto: Matej Kmeť

PonkFoto: Matej Kmeť

Czech republic

Michal Krystýnek - vocals & violin
Eduard Tomaštík - cimbalom & vocals
Jakub Nožička - double bass & vocals 

Ponk, an innovative new trio from Moravia in the Czech Republic, came together in 2013. The unique texture of Ponk’s music is largely due to the sound of cimbalom. Unlike traditional folk musicians, however, Ponk makes use of the instrument’s entire sonic and rhythmic potential, often producing sounds reminiscent of a strange new rock guitar. 

Likewise, the double bass has abandoned its traditional folk sound to follow new melodic, rhythmic and percussive paths. Ponk’s overall sound is complemented by an instantly recognizable “dirty” violin sound, with intentionally non-folk, rock phrasing. Add to this distinctive lead vocals layered over creatively constructed harmonies, and you have a unique and distinctly post-folklore sound that breaks all boundaries of the genre. 

“Postfolklor” (2015), Ponk’s debut album, draws heavily on traditional musical motifs, yet the band manages to give these traditional sounds exciting new life with their unconventional modern treatment. 

The album has received enthusiastic reviews all over the world. It was featured in the Top 20 World Music Charts Europe and played by radio stations in Germany, France and the US. In March 2016, Ponk was awarded the Andel Prize for the best Czech world music album of 2015. 

The band was chosen to represent the Czech Republic at the Czech Music Crossroads in summer 2016. It was the first band ever to sing in Czech at the prestigious WOMEX world music festival and showcase in Santiago de Compostela. 

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