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June Dance Events
Featuring Svitanya and others

Saturday June 6, 7-10 PM, BELMONT, MA
Divi Zheni 15th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday June 13, 5-10 PM, LANCASTER, PA
RADfest Potluck and Dance Party

 


 

Svitanya is a Philadelphia-based women’s vocal ensemble that specializes in music from Eastern Europe. Some songs are modern arrangements of traditional folk tunes, some are original compositions in the folk tradition, and others are sung as they have been for generations. They range from strong and strident work songs to traditional dance tunes to lush and emotive arrangements, all evoking the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies indigenous to the region. While performing most of their repertoire a cappella, Svitanya sometimes adds instruments including gaida, t˘apan, tambura, and balalaika, among others.

Svitanya was founded in 2001, and over the years Svitanya’s singers have included native speakers from Montenegro, Ukraine, & Bulgaria, as well as two people fluent in Russian. In addition there have been two mother/daughter pairs, particularly appropriate to a genre in which music has been passed along orally for generations. However, most of Svitanya's members have no Eastern European heritage, and have instead been drawn together after falling in love with the music along with the people and cultures that produced it. Audience members from both Eastern Europe and the U.S. have commented that Svitanya brings to this music an original interpretation which lies somewhere between East and West.

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