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GETTING TO KNOW DUET AGATA
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Interviewing: Irena Kotvitskaya
Song name: Jurja
Music Genre: neo folk/ world music/accordion&vocal
Ancient pre-Christian texts and authentic dialects have gained the unique sound due to the original author’s treatment. Belarusian song heritage is placed within modern musical context which includes minimalism, neo-classic and common European folk music forms (waltz, tango, salsa, milonga).
“Jurja ” it’s Pre-Christian prayer for a good harvest, song of spring period. This аuthentic song is more than 1000 years old
The project uniqueness and novelty is in the interaction of specific vocal and instrumental lines. The vocal line is traditional, sacral. It saves dialects, archaic mood and manner. The instrumental line combines the author’s performance style and techniques of modern music styles (world music). The accordion and the voice often coexist in different tonal and rhythmic plans that create a polyphonic effect and make parts more self-sufficient.
We are from Belarus (Minsk)…
But We have an international history: Сlandestino Festival 2015 (SWE), VII World accordion festival (Torres Vedras, PT), Stanser Musiktage festival (Stans, CH), Pordenone Silent Film festival (Pordenone, IT), The 13th Crossroads festival (Krakow, PL), Hevhetia festival (Kosice, SK), Gogolfest (Kyiv, UA), Artpole festival (Unizh, UA), Europejski Stadion Kultury (Rzeszow, PL), Creation of Peace (Perm, RU) and others.
Irena Kotvitskaya is a participant of international ethno-jazz project Kazalpin (Belarus-Switzerland) and from 2009 to this day have touring all over Switzerland.
• Moscow State Conservatory, Rachmaninov Hall;
• City Hall, Oslo, Norway
• Belarusian State Philharmonic, the Great Hall and others.
There are many wonderful moments like the invasion, the attention of fans, the mission in studying the ancient traditions of nativ people. Bad sides are а small number of venues and concerts in a genre like ours.
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with….
Such a question was from Marcel Proust. I would not want to spend 5 minutes with anyone, it’s too little. I’m inspired by creativity Pēteris Vasks.
Website and social media links:
AGATA duet web-site http://duetagata.by/
Irena Kotvitskaya web-site – http://irenakotvitskaya.by/
FB – https://www.facebook.com/DUET.AGATA