“My settings of poetry by Lesya Ukrainka – one the preeminent Ukrainian writers and thinkers working at the turn of the 20th century – were a way to forge connection in a time of pandemic and war. In this small cycle of poems, the poet speaks to a lonely star, projecting her own feelings of melancholy and isolation onto this distant, cool speck. Friends and lovers separated by distance have long comforted themselves by looking up at the same stars, knowing that at least their gazes can embrace in that same light. As we wrote, recorded and mixed in Vancouver (Canada), Princeton and Los Angeles (United States), and Chernivtsi and Dnipro (Ukraine), these songs became our shared stars. I dedicate these songs to folk singer and ethnomusicologist Iryna Danylejko, who has been my most important guide on the journey through Ukrainian folk music over the last 11 years.”
Anna Pidgorna is a Ukrainian-Canadian composer, vocalist and multi-media artist who combines sound, visual arts, and writing to create works that are dramatic and picturesque. She works extensively with opera and voice, draws inspiration from Ukrainian folk singing and the natural soundscape, and incorporates visual elements into some of her manuscripts. Her work has been commissioned, performed and recorded by soloists and ensembles in Canada, USA, Uruguay, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Poland, Ukraine and South Korea.
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