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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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.