It's Sarah/Nightingale #3 here, writing with a little personal winter reflection
The grapevines are dry and dusted with snow, and birds are calling over the hills as they fly to the sea. It's winter, and we're settling in and feeling so grateful for where we have come and where we have been. Golden Festival was wonderful -- it was an honor to sing there for the first time as The Nightingale Trio, and a joy to be reunited with all our friends from the Yale Slavic Chorus and other bands.
The way I remember it, Golden Festival was part of the catalyst of starting our Trio. In January of 2013, about 8 months after we had last sung together, Nila, Rachel, and I saw each other again at Golden Festival. We hugged and reminisced and delighted in listening to the new generation of "Slavs" singing their set. A few weeks later, Rachel emailed the other two of us saying, "Guys, I miss singing! Can you fly out to Texas? I'll book a couple casual shows and we can pay for your plane tickets." Since then, we have been on 8 tours, recorded an album, played on national radio, met all of you, traveled to 5 states, and even learned two songs in English. It has been amazing to be part of it!
First, a Georgian song, "Ase Chonguri": http://youtu.be/wLQGt0azplw
Second, old classic "Lepi Juro": http://youtu.be/sWIwGgyy5cU
And, the completely awesome "Bezrodna Nevesta" http://youtu.be/6MHtH2Nw1WU
In May, we'll be singing in Minnesota as part of "Mountain Memories," a production of Ethnic Dance Theater folklore dance ensemble. In addition, we've been invited to record live in the studio at Minnesota's Classical Public Radio station, so we'll have exciting updates about that coming out later.
Thank you all for being part of the music so far! Hope to see you all soon.