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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