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Women's Bandura Ensemble of North America | Selections from Live Performances 2016

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Selections from Live Performances 2016

by Women's Bandura Ensemble of North America

Combining their stunning voices and musical skills, this 22 member group explores a new, captivating vision for an ancient stringed instrument - the Ukrainian bandura.
Genre: World: Eastern European
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To My Son (Live)
4:26 album only
2. Beneath Thy Mercy (Live)
2:58 album only
3. The Girls Are Plowing (Live)
2:35 album only
4. Melody from Ukraine (Live)
4:00 album only
5. Farewell, My Beloved Land (Live)
3:56 album only
6. The Kozak Is Leaving (Live)
3:02 album only
7. My Mother's Wishes (Live)
2:59 album only
8. Fire! (Summer Solstice Song) [Live]
2:28 album only
9. I Take My Bandura to Play (Live)
3:53 album only
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Album Notes
The bandura’s tones can be compared to that of a harp, Celtic harp, dulcimer or classical guitar but despite its beauty, the bandura remains a little known instrument. The first appearance of the bandura can be traced back to the 10-12th centuries. Frescos on the walls of the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev depict groups of kobzari (later known as bandurists) playing multi-stringed instruments. In the 17th and 18th centuries the instrument had 12-16 strings, and was used in the composition and performance of folk songs, dance tunes, religious canticles and heroic ballads, Through the years of 20th century war, persecution, purges and collectivization, the bandura endured and evolved. The instruments of the group are either the Chernihiv style (black body) or the Lviv style (light wood) with 54-60 strings arranged in a chromatic order with non-fretted bases tuned either diatonically or chromatically. The ensemble is driven by their passion for the bandura and the Ukrainian musical tradition, maintaining important cultural motifs while also expanding the range of the bandura as an instrument in World music.



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