Der Hemshekh דער המשך
album premiere : April 20th 2023
“Der Hemshekh דער המשך = The Continuation” is the material fully dedicated to & inspired by invisible women’s biographies, sung and written by Maria Ka entirely in Yiddish. This music composition consists both of traditional Jewish songs, adapted to female perspective, and contemporarily written pieces exploring the area of womanhood.
Der Hemshekh דער המשך ( eng: the continuation ) is an album fully inspired by and dedicated to invisible women’s biographies, stories and female sagas, sung and written by Maria Ka entirely in Yiddish. This Music material consists both of traditional Jewish songs, adapted to a woman’s perspective, and newly written Yiddish pieces immersed in contemporary context and current subjects.
The starting point of the whole story are already-existing lyrics of Jewish songs, in which the heroines are entangled in, both universal and characteristic of Yiddish pieces, narrative threads: autonomy and separation from an overprotective mother, seduction and poverty.
These fragments are then continued
in pieces written contemporarily by Maria Ka. Their lyrics are the extension of
biographies included in well-known Jewish songs, taking into account the chosen
moments of woman’s course of life. Such lifeline and lyrical continuity gets
filled and completed with modern sounds of vocals, keyboard, loopers, oboe and
drums, forming the musical landscape
of electronic, alternative, avantgarde and ethnic genre.
More universally, Der Hemshekh דער המשך
is a manifesto of women’s visibility, presence, existence and participation in
the public life, especially in its most important parts, both political and
social. It is a call for the ultimate equality, regaining the lost fundamental
laws ( especially in the context of Poland that was started with restricting
already strict abortion law in January 2021 ),
the fall of double standards and equalizing the existing disproportions.
Yiddish is a very important aspect
of the whole, of currently written and composed songs
in particular. It is a language rarely used nowadays for creating new artistic forms, and in general opinion might exist rather as an element of the past or some religious circles than contemporary Music pieces. Maria Ka restores its culture-forming function and presents a Music story about Jewish woman’s life – path: maturation, individual changes, emotions, breakthroughs and events dependent on history.
This whole process and album is a contribution to uncovering centuries-long-unseen, unnoticed and not commemorated woman’s experience, the one often omitted, not engraved in metal monuments, not transferred from generation to generation. Der Hemshekh דער המשך distinctively marks its presence in hitherto dominant patriarchal narrative and creates a new quality of telling Yiddish stories: modern, diverse and individually matched.
Maria Ka: vocals, keyboard, electronics, production, concept
Agnieszka Waśniewska: oboe
Jacek Rezner: drums