The band KarpaTon is a music project created by Michal Smetanka and Eduard Fertáľ which combines interesting and original musicians. KarpaTon’s typical feature is its acoustic performance involving a wide range of ethnic musical instruments. Michal Smetanka is the leading character of this group that has already recorded three CDs (KarpaTon – 2011, Na koreňu – 2011 and Karpat Mater – 2015). KarpaTon’s latest project is entitled Hlasy predkov (The Voices of Predecessors).

Music project KarpaTon was created in 2010 as the initiative of multi-instrumentalist and singer Michal Smetanka. It originated in his intention to bring in life a fusion of traditional music culture of the Carpathians into new music genres, above all alternative music and world music.

Particularly characteristic for KarpaTon is the exclusive acoustic expression, irredeemable due to variable use of numerous ethnic musical instruments. Compositions are rooted in the traditional Carpathian music, mostly Slovak and Ruthenian with exclusive use of native, traditional lyrics reproduced in a new, unconventional way.

Despite the sound and instrumental variety in KarpaTon music interpretation, the signature of Slovak and Carpathian tradition is always clearly indentifiable.


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