April 23, 2015, 7.30 pm
RichMix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
£12, £10 adv
Some call her the ‘Ukrainian Bjork’. In her furious performances the singer, actress and composer Mariana Sadovska crosses all borders: Archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and migrant chants from remote villages of rural Ukraine get a singular turn and transmute into contemporary sound that spans from folk to avant-garde.
“protocol and tradition of whatever style she is working in just vanish; she replaces them with pure vitality.”
New York Times
Creating innovative compositions and arrangements in dialogue with ancient traditions, Mariana Sadovska approaches each piece with a fresh and uniquely personal vision. With a voice of impressive power and range her stage presence is a tour de force that oscillates between fragility and defiance.
For this tour she has teamed up with German percussionist and electronica specialist Christian Thomé, creating an ever-changing collage of ancient Ukrainian folk songs and contemporary electro-acoustic sounds. Their assortment of instruments from harmonium to jews harp to laptop is woven together by Mariana’s powerful voice, in a programme suspended between the here and there, glued together by ancient roots, driven over unknown territory, travelling through curious bodies of sound.
“Most expressive: an astonishing mélange of archaic elements, vocal art… and theatrical-ironic refractions.”
WDR3, German Broadcasting
Born in Lviv, Mariana Sadovska trained as a classical pianist, then worked as a leading actress and theatre composer, eventually spreading her wings internationally. Most recently she has been working on a commission for Kronos Quartet as well as being in demand as a voice teacher, including Harvard University and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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information taken from RichMix website.
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