Tadeusz Paczkowski (1962)

 Tadeusz  Paczkowski (1962)
“A man would go to a concert, got changed, appeared, sang what he liked, danced and had money for it. Then back to the hotel, so it went, it was a bit luxurious. And now that it is all over, one can earn a living this way...”

On the split-up of the music group

“It was not us who took the decision only… The whole problem boils down to the fact that in communism it was so that the factories subsidized tickets for their workers. It was like that, when our manager, say, went away to arrange a concert, so he went to a factory he arranged the factory. And, for example, when a ticket cost 50 PLN, an individual paid 10 PLN and the rest was sponsored by the factory. We had an unbearable number of concerts. We used to have 70 concerts a month! We could not bear it! It was just too much for us. So we had 5 concerts a day, you know it was on the go. We felt we could not manage, and at some point we did not want it. We used to say 30, 40 at the maximum. But there was such a big demand….. so tough luck we played, right? But after some time the factories stopped subsidizing. You know? So people had to pay the normal price for tickets. So there were fewer and fewer concerts... until they stopped. (…). [The band] got split -up. A lot of small bands appeared, you know of 5-10 members (…) Later I set up my own band. I got in touch with people and we played little concerts, you know. That’s how we got by. Now, occasionally, some festival, or if they want for a wedding but it is all occasional. So, you know, now our boys go to the market and we play on the market all summer long. When they call us and want us to play and you say 2-3 thousand that… that is impossible. They want a concert for 500 PLN or 1000 PLN… so (…) You [play on the market] for pleasure but you earn your bread and butter, too (laughter).

  • born on 04.05.1962 in Włocławek in a family belonging to Polish Roma
  • in 1962 their parents gave up their life in gypsy camps and settled down in allocated flats in a bunkhouse on the territory of Włocławek together with other Romany families
  • after settling down, parents dealt in trading, pan bleaching, fortune telling
  • he has 5 sisters and 4 brothers
  • in 1963 there was a fire in the bunkhouses followed by a removal to a council flat in a tenement house in Włocławek
  • at the age of 5 he began self-learning of the Romany dance
  • belonged to a children’s musical group in the common room
  • finished 8-class primary school
  • belonged to several musical groups
  • in the 80’s of the 20th century he belongs to the famous Terno group – Romany Musical Theatre founded by Edward Dębicki
  • he gets to know his wife in the group, after a year they escape together in accordance with the Polish Roma tradition
  • initial dissatisfaction of the in-laws, dissatisfaction of the parents with the marriage with Bergitka Roma not Polish Roma, they do not organise a wedding for them
  • the birth of their first son Gracjan
  • civil ceremony and church ceremony in Włocławek
  • removal to Wrocław to his wife’s family
  • in 1984 joining a new group Romandia at Impart Artistic Agency incorporation of Romandia to Estrada Poznańska and its renaming into the reactivated group Gypsy Song and Dance Group ROMA
  • the birth of the second son Angelo and daughter Maria
  • numerous concerts with ROMA in Europe
  • tour with ROMA in the USA (New York) and Canada (Montreal)
  • in 1987 he acted with the group in Alexander Ramati’s film “And the violin stopped playing”
  • in 1988 he acts together with ROMA in Jerzy Skolimowski’s film “Torrents of Spring” (a scene with a dance with gypsies) in Italy
  • participation and performance at Cannes Film Festival in 1989, where “Torrents of Spring” received nominations to Golden Palm
  • participation in numerous concerts and entertainment programs realized by TVP
  • concerts in Europe and another tour in New York
  • in 1991 participation in the film “Devils, devils” by Dorota Kędzierzawska
  • the split-up of ROMA group
  • temporary foreign gainful trips, or due to social funds to Germany and Great Britain
  • the death of parents
  • in 2004 establishing of Romani Bacht Association and a recording studio, at present he is the President of it
  • since 2007, organization of the Romany Festival in Wrocław in the Puppet Theatre (9 editions, until 2016)
  • in 2013 participation in the creation of music for “Papusza” film by Joanna and Krzysztof Krauze
  • at present he still lives together with his wife Bożena in Brochów in Wrocław. He is the President of Romani Bacht Association, plays in the market square. He has 9 grandsons at the age from 3 months to 12 years
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