CHAMBER FOLK QUARTET
SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Listen to Swedish, French, Turkish, Greek, and Polish tunes that we arranged for the SWMF in September 2020
The Story of Medusa
Medusa is a chamber-folk band that blends the Western string quartet with Polish knee fiddles, Greek lira, and Swedish Nyckelharpa. We weave together Eastern European, Scandinavian, Celtic, and Middle Eastern sounds to create something entirely new.
One of the most misunderstood figures in mythology, Medusa has been known for her frightful ugliness, and her lithifying gaze. In fact, Medusa was wrongfully punished and cast out for being the victim of a violent act.
The instruments we play, in addition to violin, viola, and cello, are traditional bowed fiddles that were rejected for centuries in their home countries of Poland and Sweden, as their sounds were thought to be too ugly for polite audiences.
Our band was formed during the pandemic, a time when the whole world was forced to stop, look within, and shed old skin. Instead of a snake-haired Gorgon, we see Medusa as a symbol of female vision, voice, and power, and a source of inspiration for anyone who has been denied their true self.
Medusa is Georgia Hathaway, Lea Kirstein, Marta Solek, and Saskia Tomkins.
OMG this is my (other) dream band!"
Chris Mckhool, Sultans of String
Medusa are enthralling, unexpected."