The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective (fayanora) wrote in linguaphiles,
The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective

Romanian lullabye

At OryCon this year, one of the female singers, Joan Gaustad, sang a Romanian lullabye. It was the most morose thing I've ever heard, and I loved it. But I can't remember the name, to find on Google, and her name is not pulling up anything relevant. So, more clues, for anyone who might know: the translation she read beforehand was something like "I have known sorrow all my life, since my mother rocked me in my crib" while she was weeping. There was more to the translation, it was a VERY melancholy piece, but that's all I remember. I can remember parts of the song itself, but I don't know how to describe it, except that it was very nasal. (Though that could have just been her voice.) Does anyone have an idea which that might be?
She also had a Ukrainian song that was cool, something about visiting mother's house and the yard being overgrown, and there may have been a raven or other bird in it. (From what I remember of the translation.)

Oh, and she was on stage with a man using a bandura (I forget if it was 52 or 56 strings) and one song he played, a Ukrainian folk song, was tremendously complex and beautiful. Parts of it sounded like hoof-beats. That song was one of many Ukrainian songs about a woman's sorrow at her lover going to war. (Except it had no words.)

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