Litwiński, Mieczysław

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born in 1955; composer of solo and chamber works, music for contemporary dance, performances, installations, theatre, and film. He is a multiinstrumentalist who plays classical, folk, Oriental (Persian, Chinese, and other) instruments as well as a singer with a “virtuoso voice scale” (The New York Times), feeling perfectly at home in many styles and vocal techniques, from jazz (scat) to overtone and harmonic singing, classical Persian forms, as well as extended contemporary music vocal techniques, of which he was one of the pioneers. 

In his art, he draws on many traditions and cultural spheres from both the East and West. He is a polyglot, setting texts by mystical poets from various eras (Persian, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and German, including Angelus Silesius, Novalis, and Rumi). He is well known in the Jewish music scene as a pioneer and cocreator of New Jewish Music, particularly highly regarded for his interpretations of songs by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.