Jak chory ptak / Like a Sick Bird

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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Composed in 2016 for the performace "Rzeź. Diabelski plan Stalina" (Slaughter. The Devilsh Plan of Stalin). I discovered the magic of poetry of the Jewish author Leyb Kvitko thanks to Golda Tencer, the Director of a Jewish Theatre in Warsaw. She invited me to participate in the play and proposed me to compose music for this poem. Recorded in Polish language, March 2016, Warsaw.

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Like a sick bird to an old nest
I came back, mother, from the world
To eat your bread again.
You were happy and laughing and crying,
And then on the fate of your son
You've been moaning all night long.
But the next day, on the tip of your toes
You were circling around the bed, (...)
You were caressing my head.
You laughed, while stepping on the tip of your toes,
You were chatting to make me think,
That you are carefree,
That I could be calm and joyful,
That I would feel easier ...

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from Personnages, released November 23, 2018
Lyr. - Leyb Kvitko, music - R. Vikaluk

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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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