Simple, and sublime.
A special thanks to Albanian electroacoustic composer Ilir Lluka, who posted this piece originally.
Kitka come as an absolute surprise to my ears. A group of American women who do justice to the Eastern Orthodox choral music of Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and other locales, they treat the material with reverence and sing in a nearly angelic manner. One of the best choral collections I’ve heard in some time.
OTO Radio from Russia have been providing some amazing listening recently. They’re worth following on your Mixcloud account.
No info on the artists (yet), but if I ever come across any, I’ll post it here and in the comments section.
A personal story about Iraida Yusupova.
Many years ago, I had run a record label (Falçata-Galia) which had a few releases. I was, and am, proud of every single one, though the label disintegrated thanks to many misunderstandings which the artists never had a part of. Iraida was one of the artists I desperately wanted to publish, and as it seems I’m drifting back into the trajectory of music again, it looks like a grand opportunity to work with one of my favorite modern composers.
This is a new work by her. Choral bliss.
Peak-era pasta prog from Il Volo (in Italian, as there is a new Italian band stealing this name shamelessly), one of Italy’s finest symphonic progressive rock bands.
Iran has a musical tradition that I find even richer than the local Arab Gulf states have, and they aren’t exactly hurting in the music department.
Watership Down was my favorite movie as a child, even with all the violence and political intrigue in the movie a 10-year-old would not be able to process maturely.
I have absolutely no information about the Belarus Modern Orchestra (music from Belarus is horribly represented online), but if this is a sample of what their body of work is like, I definitely want to enjoy more of it!
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