A Kobzar is an itinerant Ukrainian bard. The tradition, established in the 16th century, survives history to this day. Often blind, the Kobzars played a type of lute called the bandura, singing epic poems and songs that are the Kozak equivalent of a spiritual. Many of the melodies here come out of that tradition. We took lots of liberties with the folk material -- adding our own and blending it with the many different kinds of things we like about music.
released 08 April 2010
The Owcharuk 5 is:
Kobzar was recorded live 12/6/09 at Mad Pants Productions, Seattle, WA.
Engineered and mixed by Mike Dodge.
Mastered by Jake Perrine at RFI/CD Mastering.
Cover painting by Nate Omdal.
Produced by Michael Owcharuk, Mike Dodge, Nate Omdal, Beth Fleenor, Jim Knodle, Cody Rahn, and all who donated through the OWCHARUK 5 Micro-Patronage Program.
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