Ruzha / Rose

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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Lemko song, originated in Karpathian mountains. The idea of closer and further planes of voices, where Shout (White) singing, a traditional Ukrainian technique, intertwines with a very silent, "close" way of singing, had been maturing for a long time, untill I have finally recorded it in October 2018, Berlin.


Oh in the garden a rose has been planted,
Says the boy, that my cheeks are not rosy.
And let him talk, for I am not worried,
For whom ever shall love me, will like me.

I do not put rouge upon my face,
In the fields the sun has given me some colour,
From the front and side, I have got a tan,
And I, indeed, I am a pretty girl.

My mother rocked me in house
At the well, did she daily bathe me.
Oh she bathed me, and yet forgot to dry me,
That I'd be, fine, comely, up to my death.


from Personnages, released November 23, 2018
Lemko folk song, arr. by 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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