Sometimes, words are insufficient to describe unique music, and that's the case with Camerata's second release. World class? most certainly. The seven singers from Belarus and Russia (and their sound engineer, whom they appropriately credit as part of the team) make 21st century vocal music drawing from ancient musical inspirations. But is it world music? jazz? modern serious music? They use both East and West European (and central Asian) vocal techniques, melodies and modes but fuse them with jazz and pop harmonization and rhythm in compositions with a sophistication well beyond what most jazz and pop musicians can even conceptualize. Layers of nonsense syllables (shades of the Swingle Singers) give way to Russian lyrics, yodels (think Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares), overtone singing (Tuva), whoops and yells, and unique sonic creations. So if you want to hear something wonderful, unique yet not scarily different, take this musical adventure!
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