Sulphur Daily News
“The music -not the words – are what make you laugh. It’s irresistible!”
“We exist despite the sober formality of great concert halls, despite the boredom of classical musicians’ life, despite fanatical lovers of classical music, despite fans of rock, rap, or pop who are afraid of classical music. We treat our Muse with a humorous irony and we’re sure she will have nothing against it!” -MozART group
All four gentlemen of the MozART group are well-educated instrumentalists who graduated from prestigious music academies in Warsaw and Łódz but decided to play classical music in a humorous way. MozART group created a worldwide unique musical cabaret, where the music, not the words is the source of joy and laughter. Take a classical composition as canvas, analyze its structure and theme, surround it with musical associations and brilliant, outstanding ideas, and while listening to the final product the listener is constantly surprised, amazed, moved to laughter and tears.
The musicians of the MozART group have been playing together since 1995. In the beginning, they presented short musical jokes on Canal Plus Television and made their debut in 1997 at the PAKA competition of young Polish cabaret acts in Krakow. Later that year, they presented their first cabaret program entitled “Mozart’s Still Alive.” Since then they have given concerts across Europe, North America, and Asia.
The group’s first show, in which they took Antonio Vivaldi as their patron, was entitled “The Four Seasons à la MozART group.” Similarly subtitled was their CD Creatures, where each of the seasons begins the same way as Vivaldi’s compositions. Later on, however, they run freely in the direction of various world songs about spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The quartet also performs with colleagues around the world including shows with the mime Irek Krosny and the multitalented Bobby McFerrin. MozART group frequently appears on televised concerts and international galas.
The quartet has garnered numerous prestigious prizes including the Grand Prix of the XVIII Festival of Satire and Comedy in Lidzbark, the “Pingwin z brazu” (the Bronze Penguin)—the prize given by the cabaret community of Zielona Gora, an informal capitol of Polish cabaret—and two Golden Troughs at the RYJEK Festival in Rybnik. In 2010, MozART group received a special prize from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievements and fifteen years on stage. GAGY, the European Humor Festival, awarded MozART group the Grand Prix at the 31st Festival in 2011. In March 2013, MozART group won all three main prizes at the 10th “Festival des Artes Burlesques” in St. Etienne: the Grand Prix of the Jury, the Audience Award, and the Press Award.
In 2018, MozART group toured North America, Asia, and Europe. From October 2018 through January 2019, the quartet performed a 65-show residency at the Bobino Theatre in the heart of Paris.
In 2017, the quartet visited over twenty countries including France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Germany. Just for Laughs, the world’s largest and most high-profile comedy festival, hosted the quartet with a total of twenty shows in Montreal.
In 2015, MozART group celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala show at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw with friends and colleagues from Poland and Switzerland. Twenty years on stage is a good reason to show the audience all the funny and interesting stories that happened during this time! To mark this occasion, MozART group premiered their new show “MozART travels!,” their take on the trials and tribulations of life on the road.
2011 marked a very important year for the quartet artistically. Over seven months, MozART group visited twenty-four countries across four continents, performing more than 150 public and private shows. The quartet made its debuts in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Latvia, Turkey, Mexico, Costa Rica, the United States, Estonia, Slovakia, Portugal, and France.
Their latest DVD, Mozart Comes to Town, was released in December 2017.