Musica 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:
- Search the library catalogue for Balkan music.
- Explore Balkan music and songs through the Music Online suite of databases from Alexander Street Press.
- Contemporary World Music includes the Slavonic Orthodox Liturgy performed by Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian A Capella Choir.
- Alternatively browse Contemporary World Music by country to explore the full range of Balkans music.
During May Christchurch City Libraries brings you a variety of musical performances for New Zealand Music Month.
- View the full calendar of Christchurch City Libraries music month events
- Music resources at Christchurch City Libraries
- Profiles of Christchurch musicians
How are you celebrating New Zealand Music Month?