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, 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?
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>