Golovchenko, Maryana

A native of Ukraine, Golovchenko moved to the Netherlands in 2011 and has established herself an eclectic singer and curator.

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The sonic language that one encounters right away on the radiant debut recording of trio SonCe is likely to surprise and delight even the most seasoned of listeners. The album's foundation is a series of ancient ritual songs for different occasions throughout the year plucked from various Ukrainian folk repertoires. Although its base lies in well-established tradition, the direction that the group ultimately pursues with these melodies is anything but conventional.
Powerhouse vocalist Maryana Golovchenko anchors the ensemble with her assertive yet candid delivery while her collaborators, cellist Pau Sola Masafrets, and Cengiz Arslanpay (who employs modular synthesizers and wind instruments such as the ney, kaval, and duduk) paint a rich and detailed sonic environment around her. All three members of the unit are versatile musicians whose practices are nourished by immersion in multiple musical worlds. This is audible in SonCe's unique interplay which combines the spontaneity and textural orientation of free improvisation, electronic music's sense of mood and color, and a delicate linear sensibility that extends from contemporary European jazz.

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