Katja Šulc

Split Circus, 8/3/2018., 22.00 h

Katja Šulc is a charismatic Slovenian singer and songwriter moving between poetry and music. Eclectic, diverse and at home in many genres, ranging from jazz, hypnotic soul, dub to folk and world music, she’s performing regionally and further – even in Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey, China, Mexico, Guatemala. Her latest album Kamlisajlan (Casete México, 2016) is paying homage to contemporary gypsy poetry from Balkans and Eastern Europe.

A wonderful and convincing embodiment of original and traditional Rromani poems. The magic lies in whispering, tender chirping and murmuring that revive the original Rromani poetry in a more contemporary and amiable shape.’ – Radio Student

Kamlisajlan by Katja Šulc could easily provide a soundtrack to one of Emir Kusturica movies, spice up the atmosphere in a smoky club, hypnotize a group of people set around the fire or enlighten the evening program of a more demanding radio station. This is the sound of the gypsy blues in 2016.‘ – SIGIC

A wonderful album of hypnotic songs combining the best of the world, folk and electronic genres. – beehype

‘Not just another album of gypsy music. Even though we are witnessing the clash of two seemingly quite opposite cultures, Gypsy and Mexican, the collision of the two feels natural, even spontaneous and at the same time intriguing. Odzven

Katja Šulc

After studying music in Slovenia and at the New School for Jazz & Contemporary music in New York Katja Šulc delivered her debut album Mila (Sanje, 2008) that set to music the poetry of beloved Slovenian poetess Mila Kačič, in a melange of jazz, spoken word and contemporary chanson. Her second album Twisted Delight (Celinka, 2013) features her own poetic lyrics originating from poetry workshops in New York, set in an interesting blend of dub and alternative pop. Her third album Kamlisajlan (Casete México, 2016) is paying homage to contemporary gypsy poetry from Balkans and Eastern Europe, enveloped in world music rhythms and folk melodies. An electronic version of the album Kamlisajlan Remixed (Casete México, 2017) followed a year after, made in collaboration with different Slovenian and foreign producers, Christian Kroupa, Bowrain, RootsInSession, Bungalo Dub (Mexico), El Hijo de la Cumbia (Argentina), Rayo & Ridion (Mexico) and others.

Kamlisajlan

A unique album presenting gypsy poetry from Balkans and Eastern Europe. Poems are written by Stahiro, Papusza, Rajko Djurić, Ali Krasnići and others, delivered in hypnotic sound of Rromani language through mesmerizing voice of Katja Šulc, bringing us closer to Rroma people and sharing their stories, passions, joys, sorrows. Gypsy poetry appealed to Katja Šulc through unique poetics, tradition and heritage and the fact that Rromani poetry is considered as threatened world literature. Katja researched the project at the institute INALCO in Paris under mentorship of acclaimed Rromani activist prof.Marcel Courthiade. Through her travels she met Mexican musician Alban Usatch and together they set the chosen poems to music using loop stations. Musically Kamlisajlan is close to folk and world sounds, repetitive and hypnotic. The album was recorded in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Mexico and released at the Druga godba festival in 2016. Receiving a wonderful respond throughout the world Kamlisajlan is still on its long journey …

 

Video

Katja Šulc – O ćhonut

Katja Šulc Kamlisajlan live

 

Press reviews

‘Kamlisajlan is a very brave album. Because it presents 10 Rromani poems, performed in Rromani; because the poets come from Kosovo, Serbia, Poland etc.; because it’s not about gypsy music that we are used to hearing with Gypsy Kings or Goran Bregović; because of its complex structures, the subtle and non dramatic interpretation and the sublime (post) production the songs will not be heard on Slovenian radio stations; despite all that (or maybe precisely because of that), Kamlisajlan is one of the least calculating and at the same time one of the best Slovenian albums of the year.’ – Delo

‘The velvety female voice is mostly enveloped in chord silhouettes that bypass the listener with the heat of a Hispanic sky. The sound of the violin of Mexican musician Alban Usatch softly pours through the arrangements, like the ice cubes through the solar body. With Alban Usatch Katja Šulc created a wonderful and convincing embodiment of original and traditional Rromani poems. The magic lies in whispering, tender chirping and murmuring that revive the original Rromani poetry in a more contemporary and amiable shape. At moments it seams that the color of Rromani language is so close to the singer that it could even be her mother tongue. Along with the instrumental accompaniment Katja Šulc sensually plays with words and vocals and at the same time remains strong and convincing with the performance and the embracement of the content of the poems.’ – Radio Student

Kamlisajlan by Katja Šulc could easily provide a soundtrack to one of Emir Kusturica movies, spice up the atmosphere in a smoky club, hypnotize a group of people set around the fire or enlighten the evening program of a more demanding radio station. This is the sound of the gypsy blues in 2016.‘ – SIGIC

‘A wonderful album of hypnotic songs combining the best of the world, folk and electronic genres.’ – beehype

The chosen gypsy poems were set to music in Mexico featuring local musicians. This decision proved fruitful not only because of the fact that the Latin-American sensibility obviously suits the voice and interpretation of Katja Šulc, but also because of the fact that the result is not just another album of gypsy music. Even though we are witnessing the clash of two seemingly quite opposite cultures, Gypsy and Mexican, the collision of the two feels natural, even spontaneous and at the same time intriguing. Odzven ‘In the music scene where its main protagonist often lean to over appearing, Katja Šulc is a sort of a sage who rarely speaks up, but always in the right moment, using few words, but, in her case, a lot of emotion.’ – Siol

Production info

poems Rajko Djurić, Ali Krasnići, Sakip Memeti, Stahiro, Papùśa, Valdemar Kalinin, Luminița

Mihai Cioabă, Romka Demeter

music Katja Šulc & Alban Usatch

performance

Katja Šulc / vocals

Alban Usatch / violin, viola, 12-string guitar, piano, cajón

guest appearance

Güicho / guitar (#3, #10)

Mario Egremy / bass (#1, #2, #3, #4, #8, #9)

Shyam Nepali / sarangi (#7)

Edgar Sosa / güiro (#3)

Duarte Salgado / hang (#1)

Jessie Newling / accordion (#3)

Nico Pinier / cajón (#8)

Igor Matković / trumpet (#2, #9)

Pier / trombon (#9)

recordings Juan Dios de Lastra, Arbol Sonoro, San Cristobal de las Casas, 2015

postproduction & mixdown Pier, RootsInSession Studio, 2016

mastering Gregor Zemljič, Earresistible Mastering, 2016

album art & photography Rok Mar

mentoring at poetry research & translations  prof.dr. Marcel Courthiade

produced by Katja Šulc & Alban Usatch

released by Casete México, 2016

 

Info

katjasmusic@gmail.com

www.katjasmusic.com

06/03/2018

autor: KLFM

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