Ukrainian Spring Songs
Sunday, April 14, 1-3PM Jalopy Theatre & School of Music
315 Columbia St., Brooklyn NYC
As we celebrated the first signs of spring, Ukrainian Village Voices did a Children’s Vocal Workshop featuring Ukrainian spring songs called vesnianky. For thousands of years, these joyous, playful songs have been sung in open, outdoor spaces to bring blessings and encourage the new season to flourish. Members of UVV taught a small group of 5-6 year old children simple Ukrainian spring melodies in a fun-filled workshop that included props, costumes, games, and movement.
Together, we called for fresh green grass, blooming flowers, budding trees, and warm weather!
Deconstructing Ukrainian Traditional Singing Techniques
Sunday, March 31, 4:30-6:30PM Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, Room 3D
440 Lafayette St. (between Astor Pl. and East 4th St.), NYC
In this workshop, Eva Salina will delved into adaptive technique for singers interested in exploring a variety of sounds and textures by using fragments of songs from the various repertoires of Poltava and Polissia.
This was not a song-learning workshop. Instead, emphasis was placed on healthy, sustainable, and comfortable ways to sing Ukrainian village songs without strain or injury. Our time together was spent cultivating a broader spectrum of timbres in our individual voices as well as in our ensemble singing, and will include small group and individual work. Rather than aiming for “one ideal sound”, we focused on how language and vocal placement can enhance the sound of our unique voices within the parameters of Ukrainian singing styles.
About this workshop leader:
Eva Salina is a seasoned, passionate, and effective vocal instructor adept at modeling and deconstructing traditional singing styles from both a technical (functional) and culturally-specific aesthetic perspective. Eva has spent 28 years immersed in a variety of Slavic musical traditions and cultures. With particular expertise in Balkan vocal traditions, she has also participated in Ukrainian vocal traditions over the last 18 years. Traveling in Ukraine with Mariana Sadovska in 2005 on a musical research trip, Eva visited and studied with the legendary singers of Kriachkivka, Stari Koni, Svarytsevychi, Havronshchyna, and others. In 2011, as one of the singers in Ensemble Hilka, Eva studied intensively with acclaimed ethnomusicologist Yevhen Yefremov. Eva has also learned a great deal about Ukrainian music from Maria Sonevytsky, her collaborator in Zozulka Trio, and continues to engage with Ukrainian traditions with her good friends of Kosa Kolektiv at Folk Camp Canada. Eva tours as a duo with accordionist Peter Stan, and is musical director of The Jalopy Chorus, in addition to her ongoing work with various vocal ensembles and workshops in NYC and abroad. For more information about Eva: www.evasalina.com.