Recommended Listening: Chicago’s Megitza Quartet
Małgorzata “Maggie” Babiarz moved to Chicago alone at age 16 from a village in the Polish highlands. Today, she leads the Megitza Quartet, an innovative Chicago band described in Chicago Tonight television’s November 10 segment as a musical group that plays “an energetic mash-up of traditional and original music from eastern and southern Europe.” Babiarz is a singer and an upright bass player; other members of the quartet are Andreas Kapsalis, a guitarist of Greek descent; Marek Lichota, a Polish bayan virtuoso; and Jamie Gallagher, an innovative drummer who uses a hybrid, multicultural drum set. “With their high-energy stage presence, original compositions and arrangements, the Megitza Quartet offers its audiences an insurmountable dose of adventure, where even without knowing the language, anyone can be captivated by their songs,” says the WTTW website. Check out the video of their performance on the show.