Mangaluru: Last year when Marialena Fernandes,( whose parents are originally from Mangaluru) came down to the city from Vienna-Austria, she gave a sizzling and scintillating performance on the piano, accompanied by the members of the Austrian band ” Hotel Palindrone” – The band who gave a sizzling and entertaining performance featuring some of local Konkani music comprising of Mandos, Dekhnis and Dulpods wowed and surprised the packed audience at Kaalangaan Amphi-theater at Shaktinagar on Valentine’s Day (14 February 2015) evening. Along with European folk music the band enthralled Mangaloreans with a blend of Konkani folk songs.
This year once again Marialena Fernandes is back in town in the month of February- but this time she was joined by three music comedy trio, who called themselves “The ThreeX” all the way from Poland, comprising of Jacek Stolarczyk on Violin, Krzysztof Kokoszewski, also on Violin, and Jacek Obstarczyk on Piano. It was indeed a rare, unique and delightful musical experience of professional music, jugglery and comedy performed by these three musical comedians, that mesmerized the packed crowd at Kaalangaan Amphi-Theatre on Tuesday, 23 February 2016, with the show kicking off at 6.30 pm sharp. The trio gave some musical numbers from Michael Jackson hits, ‘Happy’ song by Pharrell Williams, apart from a few classical and Beethoven tunes.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, violinist Jacek Stolarczyk said, “We are The ThreeX – Three freaky musicians. Our trio’s story began in 2001, while we were young, beautiful and carefree enough to combine mischief with our music. Since meeting in a Polish music secondary school, we’ve been enjoying playing and performing music together. We moved to Vienna in 2007 to begin our studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts, where we were known as Das Kleine Wien Trio. Currently we are living in Vienna where we collaborate with other crazy guys such as Zoltan Kiss, Adam Rapa and Igudesman and Joo. Now as ‘The ThreeX’, we are obliged to be even crazier and more extraordinary. We always guarantee not to disappoint our audience. We hope the Mangaluru crowd liked our show”.
After performing in Goa on 17 Feb and in Bengaluru last evening ( 22 Feb), the trio were in Mangaluru this evening in full spirit and full of comedy act, that made the audience glued to their seats throughout their performance, and the crowd even calling for encores after the band made their exit. The ThreeX have quite a few shows lined up during the coming months, where they will performing in Poland, Germany, Japan and Austria. All I can say is that-“The ThreeX” – Two Violins and a Piano- Sophisticated humor and instrumental virtuosity made in Poland. Great Show. Great Comedy!
Marialena Fernandes, Professor of Chamber Music, University of Music & Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria, on the piano gave a sizzling and extraordinary performance that simply wowed the audience. We all know that “Music” is a universal connector of people. It breaks barriers of nationality, religion and economic status. With this mission in mind, Marialena Fernandes had organized a music tour to the country of her birth, India. Vienna is the City of Music because Music is one of Vienna’s legacies. Musical prodigies including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Robert Stolz , and Arnold Schoenberg have worked there. From the “City of Music-Vienna” came Marialena Fernandes, joined by “The ThreeX” from Poland to entertain music lovers of Mangaluru.
Marialena who played the keyboard is a world renowned pianist and has performed in many countries of the world from Venezuela to Russia. She has played with the Vienna philharmonic (One of the world’s best orchestras) and conducted many music workshops in India and abroad. In India she has partnered with Zubin Metha’s music foundation to help train young musicians in Mumbai.
A CD “Novyo Voviyo” (Voviyo’s Retuned and Reinvented) recorded in a studio by Sumell-the Mandd Sobhann Singing Club was also released during the occasion by NRI and Entrepreneur Elias Sanctis, along with other dignitaries on the stage namely, Eric Ozario-Mandd Sobhann Gurkar, Louis Pinto-President of Mandd Sobhann, and other people behind the creation of the CD. The situational Voviyos were written by Irene Rebello, tunes by Richard Monteiro and Eric Ozario; music arranged by Roshan D’souza-Angelore; Recorded at Sandesha studio; Recorded, mixed and Mastered by Joel Pereira; and Replicated by Digital Media-is all ready for sale at stores in town. Eric Ozario briefed the audience about the CD, and the Mandd Sobhann Singing Club “Sumell” rendered a few Voviyos from the CD- the show was professionally compered by Jaqueline Fernandes.
About Jacek Stolarczyk:
Jacek S was born in the late 80s in communist Poland. Despite the legitimate concerns of his parents – also musicians – he started to play the violin at the Music School of Bielsko-Biała. From the beginning, he busily manifested his acting talents, meticulously developed in front of the blackboard. As of today, Jacek still hasn’t learnt his multiplication tables and can only subtract using his fingers. Aside from performing in concerts, he is currently attempting to complete the studies he commenced 8 years ago. (In that time he may as well have done a medical degree!). Due to regular and excessive hunger, Jacek often interrupts rehearsals for a quick snack. His Favorite fruit: bananas.
About Krzysztof Kokoszewski:
Krzysztof was born in East Poland (whether he denies it or not), and grew up with three brothers in a Gypsy Forest- a district of Bielsko-Biała. From an early age he was more interested in sorcery and tricks than in formal education and employment. By some miracle, Kristof managed to pass his final high school exams. Shortly afterwards, he moved with Jacek S to Western Europe to study at the Music University in Vienna. Currently, Kristof satisfies himself by traveling and entertaining people from big cities – even paying taxes for the privilege! He is in the ‘advanced stages’ of his engagement and during his free time he ponders over names for his unborn daughters. His motto is: “We will come up with something!”
About Jacek Obstarczyk:
Jacek O – Born in Oświęcim (aka Auschwitz), Jacek O received his first piano lessons at the tender age of seven. After meeting Jacek S and Krzysztof at Bielsko-Biała Secondary School, his behaviour declined rapidly. Currently a resident of Vienna’s Turkish district, Jacek creates, composes and arranges music in the pale moonlight. A true believer, he takes part in pilgrimages, gospel music concerts and on the odd occasion even prays to the rosary. He loves sleeping and taking endless hot showers. His most precious item- antique brown Turkish leather jacket.
About Marialena Fernandes:
Born in Mumbai, she completed all the examinations of the Royal Schools of Music culminating with the LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) with distinctions then she graduated from the Bombay University with Psychology and Philosophy Honours with a First Class. A scholarship given by the Austrian Ministry of Education brought her to Vienna to further her musical education at the prestigious Academy (now University) of Vienna for Music and Performing Arts. Here she attained her Diploma in Piano Performance with unanimous distinctions. Her professors were Walter Panhofer, BrunoSeidlhofer, Stanislav Neuhaus,Tamas Vasary.
Already during her education, Marialena participated in several international Competitions in which she was awarded prizes, e.g. Bösendorfer, Beethoven Piano Competition. Solo, Chambermusic and Orchestra Concerts followed in most European capitals, Asia, Africa, America and Australia, at the renowned Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festwochen, Haydn Festspiele,Styrian Autumn.
Marialena is regularly on Radio and TV Broadcasts, also artistic director for several musical events in which she acts as programme curator and presenter. Her special interest goes for cross-over projects in which she lets classic meet jazz, fusions with ethnic music and international artists interpret their own compositions. As a profound Chamber-musician she has participated in international recitals with members of the Vienna philharmonic orchestra, much enthusiasm is involvement with the youth, improvisation and spontaneous music making.
Professor of Chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, till 2006 professor of solo piano at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory. Regular master classes, participation as jury member at international competitions, exchange programmes with other universities as teacher and performer. Affinity for contemporary music, artistic director for projects on CD with living Austrian composers. Fernandes idealism goads her on to more musical energy which in turn enables her to express emotions and hence initiate a sense of communication.with her students and with her audience in general.