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Julia Úlehla (US)


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Paying homage to 100-year-old folksongs from Moravia that were written down by Julia Úlehla’s great-grandfather, this group of Vancouver-based improvisors develop their own incredibly intense, touching, stirring, gripping, progressive jazz and post-rock versions of his songs.

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Julia Úlehla and Aram Bajakian create live music accompanying two films by Julia’s
great-grandfather – biologist and music ethnologist Vladimír Úlehla. A meditation on the
vitality which brings life to the earth is created through real-time interaction with the life
forms on screen.

About Julia Úlehla

Julia Úlehla (born in 1978, Knoxville, USA) is a vocalist, composer, actress and ethnomusicologist. She grew up in Tennessee with a Czech refugee-émigré father and Cherokee-Welsh mother. Úlehla received formal training in opera and other Western art music forms at Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music. She became a resident actress with the renowned laboratory theatre Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontedera, Italy, where she co-devised four performative opuses which toured extensively across Europe and North America.

In 2011, Úlehla relocated to New York City, where she and her husband, guitarist Aram Bajakian, initiated a new line of performance research based on the ancestral song tradition of her father’s lineage, sourcing folk songs that were collected and transcribed by her great-grandfather, biologist Vladimír Úlehla. The result was the creation of Dálava, a project that lies at the nexus of ritual and performance, evoking the liminal intensity of layered temporalities and the conjuring of ancestral presences. Dálava is often described as shamanic and primordial. It is lauded as one of the most intensely dynamic and electrifying bands in Vancouver, where the couple have recently moved, as Úlehla is currently completing a PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of British Columbia. Her publications include an English translation of Chapter VI of her great-grandfather’s book “Živá píseň” (Living Song, 1949).

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