A lullaby is one of the first exposures a child has to words and human speech. We hear lullabies as babies and in turn sing them to our children as we become parents. Lullabies are one of the first ways that a parent will connect with a baby. Lullabies are expressive, powerful forces that strengthen bonds between family members; they bring comfort, reduce stress, and lay the foundation for learning a language. A literal translation of “Kołysanki na biegunach” means "rocking lullabies" which immediately brings to mind a picture of a mother rocking and lulling her child to sleep in her arms. In the Polish language, it also has a second meaning: ‘lullabies from the poles,’ ‘from far away lands located on different parts of the globe.’ This meaning evokes the unique, transcendent quality of a lullaby that sets it apart from other kinds of songs.
This album is a collection of lullabies sung by unique artists in their various languages: Ukrainian, Polish, Urdu, Spanish, Japanese and Croatian. It is a gift for children from Ukraine who had to abruptly leave their homes in order to escape the war that started on the 24th of February 2022.
We hope that this musical gift will become a shelter, and that everyone will find safety and their own peace within it.
The Album ‘Kołysanki na biegunach’ is part of The Lullaby Project and opens a series of workshops in partnership with the Weill Music Institute | Carnegie Hall.
that will take place in 2023.
As artists, we are a big family all over the world. Ukraine, as the closest neighbor, has always been the home for our art, which is why we feel a need to share our music and provide material support. The profits will be donated to the Happy Kids Foundation based in Łódź, Poland. The Foundation strives to build humanitarian bridges, making it possible to provide care for orphians evacuees in Poland and European Union countries.
Weill Music Institute
The Lullaby Project, a project of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, pairs new and expecting parents and caregivers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the Lullaby Project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, and correctional settings. Extending across the country and around the world, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities.
Happy Kids Foundation
The organization evacuates children in close cooperation with the Department for the Protection of Children’s Rights and Adoption of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the Ministry of Family and Social Policy of the Republic of Poland. Due to many years of experience in running family children’s homes and acting for the benefit of lonely and disadvantaged children, the evacuation of children from orphanages from war-torn Ukraine was initiated by Aleksander Kartasiński – president of the Happy Kids Foundation.