Silja Folk Music - Kristina Künzel bagpipes

Kristina Künzel Bagpipes
In her childhood she got classical education on recorder and guitar until her passion passed to bagpipes and the traditional european music with all their different tribes, especially from Germany and northern Europe. 
She was on tour with Schandmaul, played with Los Dilettantos and as a guest in different medieval bands. Nowadays her focus is again on her musical passion and she plays folk music and traditional dancing music in different bands like Inlé-RahDe TwejTuunstohlen and her solo project. On workshops with different bagpipe players from all over europe she learned traditional and modern playing techniques. In 2017 and 2018 she studied “Music” at the “European Academy of Healing Arts”.

Silja Folk Music - Ben Aschenbach Guitar/Cister

Ben Aschenbach Guitar / Cittern
He was born in Berlin. At first he learned classical guitar as a child and studied after a switch to electric guitar jazz and popular music at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. His broad musical spectrum ranges from classical to folk and fingerstyle, jazz and blues, pop and rock to electronic music. With the participation as a theater musician at the “Prinzenraub” Festival and the group Los Dilettantos he expanded his instruments to the cittern. Among others with Trio Tsching he deals with music from other cultures (Tango, Klezmer, Bossa Nova …) as well as with new interpretations of German and European folk music.

Silja Folk Music - Mark Kovnatskiy Violin

Mark Kovnatskiy Violine
is a widely traveled and highly acclaimed violinist, composer and expert in Yiddish dances. He holds Masterclasses and perform as a soloist with many projects worldwide from USA and Canada to Japan.
Mark has performed and taught at many music festivals around the world from North America to Japan. In addition to his projects such as the Semer Ensemble, Torah Images, “Hamburg Klezmer Band” and Joel Rubin Ensemble Mark has performed as a guest musician with “Socalled” (CAN) “Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh” (USA), Painted Bird (GER), and Forshpil (GER/RU), among others. He teaches Yiddish music and dance internationally. Mark has worked with orchestras such as the “Augsburger Philharmoniker” (Germany, 2011), “Aurora Orchestra” (UK, 2011), “INSO Lviv” (Ukraine, 2014) and “Weimar Staatskapelle” (Germany, 2016). 2009-2016 Mark also was the artistic director of the international “Yiddish Festival Moscow” (Russia). In 2009 he worked as artistic director of the Hamburg “KlezmerFest”.