Folk music band of the Folk Dance Ensemble Gymnik has 11 members. There are three first violins, two second violins, two violas, double bass, accordion, dulcimer and bagpipes. We focus on Slovak folk music from the most important Slovak folk regions and interpret mainly authentic songs and melodies. Leader of folk music band is Denisa Kopačková.
A typical feature of Slovak folklore is that each village or city has its typical singing, music and dance expression, as well as typical folk costumes.
The Folk music band uses in performances traditional musical instruments and also traditional slovak instruments like bagpipe, fujara and many types of shepherds pipes.
Fujara is a wooden shepherd’s instrument that exists only in Slovakia. In basic it’s a big flute. It has beautiful sound and it’s very nice decorated. More information about fujara
Like in other countries there are also in Slovakia bagpipes. There are four four types (difference is in number of voices – 2, 3, 4 voices). They are maddened from the skin of goat and plum wood. More information about Bagpipes
Shepherds wooden pipes. There are many types of these pipes. The differences between them are in numbers of touchholes (six, three, and one on the end) and in the number of pipes – simple or double.
Very interesting is the end hole pipe – ”koncovka”. Musician plays only with one finger. More information about Koncovka