Julia Ulehla : voix
Aram Bajakian : guitares, percussion
Peggy Lee : violoncelle
Tyson Naylor : accordéon, claviers
Colin Cowan : basse électrique, contrebasse
Dylan Van Der Schyff : batterie, percussion
Welcome to Moravia, a region of the Czech Republic. JULIA ULEHLA’s great-grandfather, a botanist, considered traditional folk songs to be living organisms. He preserved many of those songs by transcribing them into a book, more than a century ago. The singer is breathing new life into these melodies and laments, investing in them an emotional charge fans of Central Europe music will recognize instantly. And her life and music partner, guitarist ARAM BAJAKIAN, propels these songs into modern times.
For their first eponymous album released in 2014, the pair augmented themselves with a string trio from New York. On that record, they explored the material in a rather traditional fashion and bold arrangements. Then, JULIA and ARAM moved to Vancouver where they recorded the follow-up, The Book of Transfigurations, with local improvisers. Four of them, well known to our audience, accompany the couple on stage.
This second CD, released last year by Songlines, blends strong influences from creative jazz, post-rock and world music to the band’s original sound. Lauded by critics everywhere for its beauty and evocative power, this version of DÁLAVA aims for the heart and strikes every time.
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