Astrid Kuljanic's project “Why Are You Gone?” is a performance project featuring music connected to the experience of migration, from the perspective of immigrants as well as the countries they've left. The program will consist of music written during various periods of emigration from Eastern and Southern Europe as well as original compositions reflective of contemporary immigration issues. It will be a multilingual performance in many Slavic languages.
The performance has been preceded by a period of musicological/historical research with the goal of curating a program in line with these themes, as well as informing the composition of the program's original songs. It is our hope that such a program will bring together some of NYC's diverse immigrant communities in a shared cultural experience.
“Why Are You Gone?” has been awarded a Brooklyn Arts Fund grant to produce multiple concerts in neighborhoods that have a significant immigrant population from Eastern and Southern Europe through Brooklyn.
Leading up to the duo concert with Mat Muntz (bass, bagpipes) on Wednesday 18th at 8 PM EST, Astrid will present each song with short live streams explaining the process of research, composition, and arranging every weekday at 2 pm New York time (20:00 Croatian time).
Wednesday 11/4 "Pod Našima Okny” (trad. Czech) / “W Moim Ogrodecku” (trad. Polish) / “Ja Se Konja Bojim” (trad. Croatian)
Thursday 11/5 "Sheyn Vi Di Levone” (Y. Rumshinsky, C. S. Tauber)
Friday 11/6 "Siadaj Nie Gadaj” (trad. Polish)
Monday 11/9 "Katyusha” (M. Blanter/M. Isakovsky)
Tuesday 11/10 "Breathe Freedom” (A.Kuljanic, D. Alrwishdi)
Wednesday 11/11 "Što Te Nema?” (trad. Bosnian)
Thursday 11/12 “Wanderers” (A. Kuljanic)
Friday 11/13 “Plyve Kacha” (trad. Ukrainian)
Monday 11/16 “Samo Sviraj Harmoniku” (Flory Jagoda)
Tuesday 11/17 “Dorogoy Dlinnoyu” (B. Fomin, K. Podrevskyi) / “Those Were The Days,
My Friend” (G. Raskin)