Joanna Cisowska Violin Recital, Every Wednesday, Dawn on the Amazon Cafe

by Captain Bill

Look at the expression on the childrens faces. Photo of Joanna by Kevin Davis

Violinist Joanna Cisowska’s recital at the Dawn on the Amazon Café was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Joanna performed for Marmelita and I at our wedding reception with the same effect. Months later she serenaded us from the park bench under our balcony. Marmelita and I are two of her 1,000 true fans, along with most of the Wednesday night café crowd. Kevin Davis said, “I’ve played in orchestras and heard the best of the best. And she is definitely one of them”.

To join Joanna’s growing fan club all you have to do is show up at the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe every Wednesday at around 7:00pm, settle in, place your orders and make yourself comfortable for the concert to begin at 7:30.

Joanna Cisowska, violinist extraordinaire, is as sweet as the chocolate cake at the Dawn on the Amazon Café

Joanna, everyone wants to know how a cute Polish girl who plays the violin like an angel, mysteriously appears in Iquitos? Please share some of your story with us?

“My story is not so mysterious. My parents were not happy in Poland. They were suffering politically and economically.  One night on Polish TV we watched a documentary by the famous polish film maker, Cejrowski, called, Boso Przez Swiat – Iquitos. That was 4 years ago, and then in November, 2009, my parents, two brothers and I moved to Iquitos. Actually we moved several kilometers out side Iquitos near the carretera. At first we didn’t have electricity or plumbing. It was hard. We raised chickens, bananas and fish in our pond. After 6 months I moved into Iquitos. Shortly after I moved into town, the electrical lines reached my families homestead”.

Joanna,…you do have a fascinating story! May I ask how old you are?

“Nearly 20.”

Your fans want to know how you got to be such an accomplished violinist at such a young age?

“I started practicing 13 years ago, when I was 7…At first I didn’t like it, but I kept practicing. When I was 11 I was exhausted and wanted to quit, but I kept it up in the secondary music school…When I was 14 or 15 I started enjoying my music, and practicing more…When I was 15 and 16 I felt what could be possible and became motivated to practice more,… frequently 5 hours each day and I finished near the top of my class.”

Do you enjoy your life in Iquitos?

<Big Smile> “Oh yes, I love Iquitos. I play in the Loreto Symphonic Orchestra. Some friends and I have a shop where we sell thin pancakes called crepes, and I play for special occasions, including at the Dawn on the Amazon Café every Wed. night at 7:30, and I love your chocolate cake.” <Big Smile>

One last question. How long do you plan to live in Iquitos?

“I hope to stay forever.”

Thank you Joanna. It’s been a pleasure. See you next Wednesday night, 7:30, like usual. <Big Smile>

Joanna Cisowska, Violin Recital, Every Wednesday, Dawn on the Amazon Café

This interview with Joanna Cisowska, violinist extraordinaire, is by Bill Grimes, host of the Dawn on the Amazon Café, and publisher of the Captain’s Blog.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gart van Gennip May 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Congratulations Bill, on finding such a gem amongst the pebbles and for making the brilliant decision to have her play at the Café regularly. I was there for the concert and enjoyed it thoroughly, so thank you for giving me the opportunity to join the culture lovers.

I would like to suggest not to make it a free and open event like it was. Maybe an invitation-only event, or maybe you can sell tickets at a reasonable price. The reason I suggest this, is that it may discourage people who aren’t really there to listen to the music, but rather to drink beer and talk, to sit in the first row and start blabbing all through the show.

I know, at a sophisticated restaurant like yours, you wouldn’t expect to have to explain to people that it is disrespectful to the artist, as well as to the audience that has come specifically to enjoy an evening of culture and style, to keep talking through the performance, but there you have it; you will find Neanderthals anywhere.

I hope I will be able to join you again to listen to Joanna’s music, and who knows; maybe you will find other talented artists who are willing to perform as well, and Culture Night at the D.o.t.A.C will become a popular and regular event in Iquitos. I am sure there are many people who missed this event, but who will want to be there for the next.

Maybe you can ask Johnny to paint a special sign you can post at the door for Culture Night: one that means “No Morons Allowed”.

2 dawson June 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

…….this is incredible……. in the middle of the jungle, beautiful music from the “outside”……. While sometimes I hate our shrinking world, this is a beautiful contribution…. Hope it’s still going…….. on my next visit……. Kudos to Dawn Cafe !!

3 JOSE ANTONIO December 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

HACE UNOS DIAS LLEGUE AL AEROPUERTO DEL GRUPO AEREO Nº 42 DE LA FUERZA AEREA Y EN EL TERMINAL DE PASAJEROS VI A UNA HERMOSA MUJER SENTADA EN ESPERA DE LA LLEGADA DE SU AMIGA, QUEDE REALMENTE ADMIRADO DE LA DULZURA QUE TRASMITIA, SUS OJOS INVITABAN A LA PAZ, A LA TRANQUILIDAD Y AL SOSIEGO… MAS ADELANTE LA VI ESBOZAR UNA SONRISA CUANDO SE ACERCABA SU AMIGA Y NO LES MIENTO, ME PARECIO VER A UN ANGEL, NUNCA EN MI VIDA HABIA VISTO A UNA MUJER TAN BELLA Y DELICADA… POCO TIEMPO DESPUES, LUEGO DE UNA BREVE CONVERSACION Y PRESENTACION, ASISTI A UN RECITAL QUE ME INVITO Y ENCONTRE EN SU MUSICA LA PAZ, RESPIRE ALEGRIA Y POR PRIMERA VEZ EN MI VIDA SUSPIRE CERRANDO LOS OJOS AL ESCUCHAR LAS MELODIAS QUE SE DESPRENDIAN DE SU VIOLIN, HE SENTIDO QUE MI ESPIRITU SE REGOCIJA CON ESA MUSICA, QUE SE FORTALECE, QUE CRECE Y SE ALIMENTA MI ALMA DE UN SENTIMIENTO QUE AUN NO LO PUEDO EXPLICAR… REALMENTE ES APOTEOSICO, MIS RESPETOS Y MI MAYOR ADMIRACION, UN BESO Y UN ABRAZO A LA DISTANCIA PARA TI JOANNA CISOWSKA Y EL CORRESPONDIENTE AGRADECIMIENTO A DIOS POR PERMITIRME ESTE MOMENTO

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