Mariana Sadovska with Cynthia Hopkins and Rosie Langabeer at L'Etage Philadelphia
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"Sometimes a musician has such an inborn desire to communicate that her message naturally becomes universal: it doesn't matter whether she is singing soul or bel canto or folk. Such was the case with the Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska. The responsibilities, protocol, and tradition of whatever style she is working in just vanish; she replaces them with pure vitality." - Ben Ratliff, New York Times
Returning to Philadelphia for a rare performance is Ukrainian singer and actress Mariana Sadovska. She spent fifteen years traveling through the small villages of Ukraine, where she learned the nearly forgotten ancient folk music of her ancestors from the women she met on her journey.
In her captivating live performances, Mariana interprets these songs and tells the stories of these women using her unique voice (an open-throated style of singing from Eastern Europe) and a harmonium. She was named a Fulbright scholar in 2008 and was selected by Toni Morrison for the coveted Princeton University Atelier. Joining her for the performance will be German drummer Christian Thome.
Cynthia Hopkins is a New York-based composer, musician and performance artist who has released five full-length albums. She is a two-time Obie Award winner and has also received a Bessie Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Cynthia plays guitar, piano, accordion and musical saw. This will be a solo performance.
New Zealand native Rosie Langabeer is a multi-instrumentalist and composer for theater, dance and film. She won the Barrymore Award for Best Original Composition and Best Musical Direction for Pig Iron Theatre Company's acclaimed Twelfth Night. She composed the music for and performed in Ballet X's Sunset, o639 Hours. Rosie is currently based in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
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