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Moravian Folk Music Transformations

Dálava – The Book of Transfigurations

 

Dálava – The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines Recordings, 2017)

The Book of Transfigurations is a collaboration between two American artists, vocalist Julia Ulehla and guitarist Aram Bajakian. It’s a fascinating project that brings together traditional Moravian songs rearranged with a mix of post-rock, jazz and exploratory musical influences.

Julia Ulehla has been researching Moravian folk songs of the 19th and early 20th century. The songs were gathered in his home village by Julia’s great grandfather Vladimir Úlehla.

The lineup on The Book of Transfigurations includes Julia Ulehla on vocals; Aram Bajakian on guitars and percussion; Peggy Lee on cello; Tyson Naylor on piano, accordion, and keyboards; Colin Cowan on doubla bass and electric bass; and Dylan van der Schyff on drums and percussion.

The Book of Transfigurations CD features a 36-page booklet with translations of the songs and archival photos from the early 20th Century.

The Book of Transfigurations is an introspective, avant-garde folk production that takes Moravian traditional music to a totally different realm of musical awareness.

 

 

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The Fascinating Folk Music Traditions of Horňácko

Various Artists – Antologie moravské lidové hudby – CD 1 – Horňácko

Various Artists – Antologie moravské lidové hudby – CD 1 – Horňácko (Indies Scope, 2011)

Antologie moravské lidové hudby – Horňácko is the first volume of a CD collection of traditional Moravian folk music. CD 1 focuses on the region of Horňácko, in the Czech Republic.

Horňácko is located in southeastern Moravia, in the base of the White Carpathian Mountains, close to Slovakia. The region has a rich folk music tradition characterized by the sound of masterful fiddles, cimbalom (hammered dulcimer), bagpipes and vocals.

Several families have kept ancient traditions ranging from sorrowful songs to lively dances. The family names include the Kubík, Miklošek, Miškeřík, Prachař, Ďuga, Holý, Hrbáč, Hudeček, Kománek, Slovák, Zeman, Šácha, Okénka, Pešek, Sup, Kohút, Prášek, Pšurný, Zálešák, Mička, Galečka, Valíček, Trachtulec and Minks.

The CD includes an extensive booklet with biographical information about the artists in Czech and English. Although each volume is available separately, there is a boxed set option that includes anthologies from other regions.

The album is available from www.indies.eu/alba/981/cd-1-hornacko

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