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First Light

by SVITANYA Eastern European Women's Vocal Ensemble

Exuding the spirit of traditional village music from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Croatia, Russia, Lithuania, SVITANYA evokes the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies of Eastern Europe.
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1. Shto Garit (Russia)
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2. Dunayetska Voda (Poland)
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1:29 album only
3. Yovano, Yovanke (Macedonia)
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3:45 album only
4. Vido, Vido, Byala Vido (Bulgaria)
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2:51 album only
5. Milaia (Russia)
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2:20 album only
6. Tr'gnal Mi Yane Sandanski (Bulgaria)
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1:21 album only
7. Radi Na Radka Dumashe (Bulgaria)
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1:12 album only
8. Na Vulytsi (Ukraine)
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9. Ya Ti Postilam Shareni Chergi (Bulgaria)
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10. Oi Ela Mi Felidzhe (Bulgaria)
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11. Na Zarye (Russia)
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12. Dainel Idi (Bulgaria)
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13. Shto K'smet (Macedonia)
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2:37 album only
14. Lithuanian Lullaby (Lithuania)
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4:44 album only
15. Pismo Ti E Doshlo (Bulgaria)
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1:29 album only
16. Melai Doina (Bulgaria)
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2:36 album only
17. Aide Yano (Serbia)
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1:50 album only
18. Ush Vy Golubi (Russia)
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2:11 album only
19. Na Vulytsi (reprise)
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20. Oi Harna (Ukraine)
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2:04 album only
21. Trgnala E Malka Moma (Bulgaria)
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22. I Dumai, Zlato (Bulgaria)
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23. Guigo Yunache (Pirin Macedonia)
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24. Otishla Moma Hubava (Bulgaria)
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25. Tsyganskaya Pesnya (Russia)
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26. Tsarivna (Ukraine)
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27. Shen Khar Venakhi (Georgia)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SVITANYA (svee-TAH-nya), which means "the light at sunrise" in Croatian and Ukrainian, is a seven-member women's vocal ensemble that specializes in music from Eastern Europe. "First Light" includes songs from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Serbia, Macedonia & Georgia. Most of the songs are a capella vocals, joined by musicians on traditional instruments on a few tracks.

"First Light" includes songs that exude the spirit of traditional village music. Some songs are modern arrangements, some from village source recordings, and all songs are sung in their original languages. They range from strong and strident field-working songs to traditional dance tunes to lush and emotive arrangements, evoking the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies indigenous to the region.

Most every song tells a story; some songs celebrate the mundane events of daily life, like cutting wheat in the fields or strolling in the street with musicians, and others depict life's more poignant moments, such as losing a loved one to war or being married off while too young.

What people are saying about SVITANYA:

"Pure, unaccompanied voices rising and resounding as one. It's angelic." -- Philadelphia City Paper (December 8, 2004)

"Combining flawless intonation and inspired interpretation, Svitanya brings the traditional vocal music of Eastern Europe to life. As an on-air radio producer, I can attest that playing their music always results in enthusiastic audience response. As a listener, the greatest compliment I can give to a performer of World Music is 'the music takes me there.' The range of Svitanya's wonderful voices TAKES ME THERE." -- Chuck Elliott, host of "Sleepy Hollow," WXPN radio

"A word to the wise: Svitanya sings like a gathering of angels. To attend a performance by them is a blessing." -- Ret Turner, Heritage Dance Festival

"Svitanya gives us what Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares cannot: intimacy. Whether in concert, in recording, or in the middle of a circle of dancers, they make us feel like part of their musical family." -- Bill Wadlinger, Coordinator, Beaver Folk Dance


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Bucketbanger

Masterful recording from mature group
First Light is a celebration of women's voices singing closely together. It is also a celebration of women being close: two pairs of mothers and daughters are part of Svitanya. Mostly, though, First Light is a celebration of a musical group reaching maturity and finding its voice. The women of Svitanya have been singing together for a long time, and it shows. On each song the voices blend together perfectly to produce a sound bigger than would be expected. Full-ensemble pieces sound much fuller than a group of seven voices would lead you to believe, and even the solos, duets, and trios have a rich full sound. On First Light Svitanya begins to explore musical traditions outside southeastern Europe, making forays into Lithuania and Georgia as well as the pan-national Roma. The final track, "Shen Khar Venakhi" from Georgia, never fails to take my breath away. In short, First Light demonstrates that Svitanya is ready to take their place among the great women's vocal ensembles of the world.

doc mongoose

A celebration of what the human voice alone is................
.........and that is fantastic.I have become an absolute slut for your sound.It lifts and propels one causing me to beg entrance.........so womanly rich in its' treasure.

Jonathan Chaves

The very finest ensemble singing; absolutely superb!
There can be no question that this is one of the most perfect musical recordings to be issued in years. Some of the very finest ensemble singing in any style, reminiscent of the best of early music ensembles such as the Deller Consort or the New York Pro Musica, but with an unmistakable keynote of its own. From an ethnomusicological point of view, entirely authentic both in musical style and in specific singing techniques. The blend of voices is that of the angelic choirs, without the least hint of sentimentality. This reviewer is moved to tears by this excellent artistry.

Julieanne Reed

Absolutely enchanting and wonderful
The voices on this recording are nothing short of angelic-beautiful sounds from all directions. Close your eyes and you're transported to wonderful soul-full places and each song only adds to the experience.