Po Drum Mome / A Girl On The Road

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Bułgarska śpiewaczka Eugenia Georgieva, bardziej znana, jako założycielka zespołu wykonującego muzykę tradycyjną a cappella - Perunika Trio, dysponuje prawdziwie anielskim głosem. Z trójki śpiewaczek - Eugenia Georgieva, Jasmina Stosic i Desislava Todorova, to właśnie Georgieva sprawuje rolę frontmanki zespołu. W czasie koncertów Perunika Trio Eugenia nie tylko pięknie śpiewa, ale stara się także przybliżyć słuchaczom kulturę Bułgarii poprzez opowieści o tradycjach świata, w którym wyrosła. Ich muzyka to tradycyjne bałkańskie dźwięki w nieco nowocześniejszej formie.

Jej autorski album "Po Drum Mome / A Girl On The Road", wydany właśnie przez brytyjską Riverboat Records zachwyci nie tylko fanów muzyki bałkańskiej. Eugenia Georgieva stworzyła album, którego można słuchać ciągle, od nowa odkrywając zachwycające harmonie. Wysoki poziom wyrafinowania pod względem instrumentacji to kolejny atut nagrania. Bierze na warsztat tradycyjne bułgarskie pieśni - jedna jest o smoku, który kochał dziewicę - pochodzą one ze skarbnicy bułgarskich opowieści o miłości, zalotach, świętowaniu, pracy i śmierci.

Eugenia Georgieva wraz z ludowymi muzykami, Stoimenem Dobrevem grającym na kavalu, Gancho Gavazovem na gadulce, Magdalenie Stoyanovej na kontrabasie, Velizarem Madzhovskim na gitarze i tamburynie stworzyła swój własny punkt odniesienia do bułgarskiej tradycji ludowej, trudno szukać podobieństw do innych ukazujących się nagrań.
autor: Jacek Palczewski
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Eugenia Georgieva grew up in Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv. But the seeds of her love for the country’s folk music were sown in Blazhievo, her mother’s home village at the foot of Rila Mountain where she performed at festivals as a child and encountered the authentic diaphonic singing of the old Shoppe women. Moving to London, Eugenia continued her exploration of Bulgarian folk song with a cappella vocal groups Perunika Trio and Yantra, and now Po Drum Mome takes her even deeper into the music.

For centuries, songs have been an indelible part of Bulgarian village life. People sang together when they worked on the fields or at evening gatherings, at big festivals and family celebrations, and the songs came down unwritten through the generations, long after composed Bulgarian music emerged in the 19th century. Even today, the past remains.

Eugenia discovered ‘Zmey Lyubi Moma’ when searching the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences archive for material from her mother’s village, and came across a field recording from the 1970s of the beautifully named Mira Galabova (“mir” – peace, and “galab” – dove), who turned out to be related to Eugenia’s mother’s maternal aunt. Zmey (a mythical dragon-like creature with feathers and a beard) was believed to have taken young maidens as brides if they hadn’t performed the Lazarki ritual – a rite of passage for young pre-pubescent girls transitioning into womanhood. That carries over into ‘Buenek’, a Lazarska song, where colourfully-dressed Lazarki dancers epitomise femininity and fertility, inviting a mother to wake up her little son, who’s clad in scarlet – the colour of blood and life - and let him watch the dance.

‘Gyul Devoyche’ eavesdrops, as a young girl and discloses her worries with a rose bush – she is in love with a young man but has been promised to an old man who will “take her posy” – the token of love. Love is a constant theme, of course, but it’s woven into the idea of the work which filled every day for rural people. ‘Sama Li Si Den Zhunala’ compares requited love to the harvest. The young man longs to help Petrunka in her hard and relentless work on the wheat field and share every hardship with her. And in ‘Brayne Le Ivane’ a young man is advised to pick a wife who is hardworking over a wife who is beautiful.

Journeys of all kinds could be daunting. ‘Oy, Toyne, Toyne’ equates two young people in love with a long journey in an ox cart (in the Old Bulgarian language the word for “spouse” was “soprong”, meaning “harnessed together”, like oxen in a yoke).

Death is the other great, looming constant, always lurking around the corner, sometimes thwarted, sometimes not. In ‘Trugnala Rada’, a tale for voice and kaval, a nightingale warns a couple not to drink from a spring because its water has been poisoned to kill the famous revolutionaries Hadzhi Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha. Even nature conspired in Bulgaria’s struggle for freedom and independence from the Ottoman Empire. And sometimes death can’t be denied: ‘Podzim Sam, Male, Legnala’ is a young woman’s dying confession, her heart breaking at the thought of leaving her firstborn son behind while her own mother mourns for the life that will not be lived. But out of death comes new birth, and on the album’s title track a girl calls along the road of life where black seeds bloom into scarlet blossoms in the eternal circle of life and death. On Po Drum Mome the black seeds of history and tradition blossom today’s flowers. The joys and sorrows of these ancient songs are arranged with mostly traditional instruments to offer a sound that harks back to the Renaissance, and re-imagines it for a modern concert hall.


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