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In Slavic folklore, women draw their power from nature. Everyday life, ritual, and magic are seamlessly intertwined, whether asking for love from the wind, or good harvest from the earth. Our first original song Zemlia, which means Soil, draws inspiration from the magic of our ancestors and the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The song is sung in the band members’ four native languages - Ukrainian, Polish, Russian and English. Although we were born in different parts of the world, we are now united on the same soil, and find inspiration in the sharing of our individual cultures.
BLISK is a synthesis of polyphonic Eastern European song, dance and movement backed by hypnotic percussion. It is described as a musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and beyond. The Toronto-based, all-female quartet was brought together by a deep love and respect for the ancient songs and dances of these regions, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world through unique original compositions, storytelling, dance and distinctive arrangements of traditional folk music. The band’s original compositions are inspired by the countries from which the members hail – Ukraine, Poland, Russia/Kazakhstan and Canada. These are seamlessly intertwined and paired with traditional Eastern European repertoire that crosses cultural borders
released February 14, 2019
Stephania Woloshyn - voice and drymba (jaw harp)
Ekaterina - voice and frame drum
Stacey Yerofeyeva - voice and tapan
Ewelina Ferenc - voice and Polish frame drum
Rob Christian - drone sound design. Thank you Rob!
Recorded by Darren McGill at Dream House Studios, Toronto, Canada.
Mixed by Wojciech Lubertowicz, Warsaw, Poland