Eyli, Eyli, lomo azavtoni? / My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

from by Roksana Vikaluk

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    Personnages - (from French - characters, heroes)
    is a new album by Roksana Vikaluk, and it can be considered a creative summary of the last 6 years. Each of the songs had been composed in various circumstances and situations, some of them as part of a theatrical performance,or heard and brought from other countries. Anyhow, these are mostly own compositions, inspired mainly by Ukrainian and Jewish folk music, avant-garde poetry, where the richness of electronic sounds intertwines with the minimalism and transparency of the sound of the piano. However, singing prevails, and some of the songs, especially those exclusively sung, sound more like few-minutes multilayered theater performances with closer and more distant sound planes. Each song of the album sounds like a separate actor entering the stage and telling his own story. Next to the old Jewish prayer, the Danish Viking Song appears, and the traditional Lemko song - alongside avant-garde poetry. The material, although preserved in a multi-style and multi-cultural climate, does not lose its climatic and sonic cohesion. "Welcome to my Planet!", an inscription in the middle of the album cover, is the main theme. There is a picture of the room in the house where Roksana grew up and where some of her compositions were made. The paintings of her grandfather, Stepan Danylyshyn, theatrical scenographer and costume designer, decorate the walls – one can see set designs and different characters from various theatrical plays, then a mannequin, piano, Hutsul kyptar and photos of Frank Zappa and Miles Davis ...
    That's what surrounded the artist while growing up, and that's what influenced her development as an artist and inspires her until today.

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Created on the motives of an old Jewish prayer. First time I heard it sung by Izabella Rzeszowska, who is a fantastic singing actress of the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw, with which I collaborate since 2006. Later, I performed it myself in the play "Getto dybukiem Warszawy" (Ghetto as a Dybbuk of Warsaw) and recorded it in 2015. The great drama director Jan Szurmiej felt inspired to use this song in his play "Xięgi Schulza" ("The books of Schulz"), in which I was also invited by him to play the main role. Premiere of the play happend in June, 2018 in the Polish Theatre Wrocław.


My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me
They burned us in fire and flame
Everywhere they brought upon us, shame and derision
But no one could turn us away
From Thou, My God
And from Thy Torah, from Thy Commandments
My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me
Day and night I think of Thou, my God
I keep the Torah and the Commandments with awe
Save me! O save me from danger
As once the ancestors were saved from an evil decree
Hear my prayer and my crying
Thou alone can rescue me
Hear, o Israel, our God, the only one!


from Personnages, released November 23, 2018
by R. Vikaluk on the motives of an old Jewish prayer


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Roksana Vikaluk Warsaw, Poland

Roksana Vikaluk - born in Ukraine. Lives and performs in Poland and Germany. She sings and accompanies herself on the piano, electronic instruments and drum. Composer, arranger, teacher. As an actress, she performs in Jewish Theatre, Warsaw. She is the author and co-author of music for stage plays. She has released more than 10 albums.
Collaboration with German artist and inventor Wolfram Spyra.
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