This procedure for making the kozioł weselny (a type of bagpipe) was produced by Mikołaj Taberski, as a result of his participation in the 2nd Master School of Folk Instruments Makers, a programme of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw.

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This procedure for making the kozioł weselny (a type of bagpipe) was produced by Mikołaj Taberski, as a result of his participation in the 2nd Master School of Folk Instruments Makers, a programme of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw.

Mikołaj Taberski studied instrument making with Grzegorz Witke, as part of a one-on-one course conducted by the master between 1 March and 30 September 2013 at the master’s workshop in the village of Nądnia, near Zbąszyn.

Grzegorz Witke took up learning the craft of making folk instruments inspired by his father-in-law, the famous folk instrument maker, late Marek Franciszek Modrzyk of Nądnia near Zbąszyń (deseased in 2013), who taught him the ropes of constructing the kozioł weselny bagpipe and passed on to him a richly equipped workshop. Mr Witke has been single-handedly making bagpipes since 2008 on commissions from different individuals and institutions. He also renovates old instruments.

Mikołaj Taberski began his musical education in 2006, enrolling in the Stanisław Moniuszko School of Music in Zbąszyń, where he then studied the kozioł weselny bagpipe under Henryk Skotarczyk. In 2009 he joined a regional band called Wesele Przyprostyńskie based in Przyprostynia near Zbąszyń. He currently attends a secondary school in Zbąszyń. Despite his young age (b. 1996) he has a number of professional successes to boast about, including jury distinctions at the Sabalowe Bajania competition in Bukowina Tatrzańska, the international young bagpipers’ competition “Gajdovačka” in Oravská Polhora (Slovakia), and the 44th Festival of Folk Bands and Singers in Kazimierz Dolny. As well as that he has won the Grand Prix of the 35th Bagpiping Fest in Zbąszyń, the 2nd prize of the 36th Bagpiping Fest in Zbąszyń, and the 2nd prize of the Folk Music Competition in Kopanica. In 2011 he studied bagpipe construction with Franciszek Modrzyk, an instrument maker of Nądnia near Zbąszyń.

The biographical notes have been developed based on workshop documentation. They have been edited and translated by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw.

Photo by Piotr Baczewski – workshops on the construction of the basy of Radom held as part of the 1st Master School of Folk Instruments Makers in Kuźnica with the participation of Piotr Sikora and Michał Maziarz.

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