Musica Balkanica a Music Month treat

Musica Balkanica logoMusica Balkanica are looking forward to treating you to a the variety of  uplifting and rhythmical songs from the Balkans from sacred music to folk songs in a variety of languages. There will be  some magnificent harmonies and a different slice of culture from this dedicated local choir.

The Society, formed in February 2004,  includes members from around the Balkan region, as well as Kiwis. When we think of Balkan music we think of accordions and gypsy music, Musica Balkanica exposes us to much more. This dedicated group sings many challenging traditional works of spiritual and cultural significance in various local Baltic languages. Their repertoire includes both sacred songs from the Christian Orthodox Liturgy and Old Slavonic and folk songs from the Balkans region sung a cappella.

A cappella in the modern sense is vocal music without instrumental accompaniment, we often associate it with barbershop, doo wop but it is so much more. The historical meaning of the name a cappella is Italian for “in the manner of the church”. Performing as part of New Zealand Music Month Musica Balkanica’s  aim is to broaden Kiwis exposure to Balkan music and its significance.

To further explore the joys of Balkan music:

During May Christchurch City Libraries brings you a variety of musical performances for  New Zealand  Music Month.

How are you celebrating New Zealand Music Month?

3 thoughts on “Musica Balkanica a Music Month treat

  1. Victoria 28 April 2010 / 5:46 pm

    I indulged myself during one of the concerts performed by Musica Balkanica in our glorious Cathedral, just before Christmas last year. I must acknowledge: it’s a real treat for both your ears and eyes (just absorbing all the beautiful harmonies with your ears and watching, while you are listening, to the slide show of some very old churches and icons, changing on the singers’ background). At the end of the performance I looked around myself just for a short glimpse at people’s expressions on their faces, what I saw was a real miracle – people where glowing from inside out! Isn’t it amazing what beautiful metaphors a decent piece of art can create with people’s souls?

  2. Darryl Barnaby 3 May 2010 / 8:57 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    Thanks for the comment, I too found myself uplifted by their music. Have you listened to their Youtube recordings?

    • Victoria 4 May 2010 / 6:45 pm

      Hi Darryl, isn’t it wonderful that you and I both experienced the same feeling of uplifting, while listening to Musica Balkanica? I haven’t listened to any of their Youtube recordings yet, I wonder if the experience will be similar to the one when you are present at the actual, real-life concert?

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