Kalina Moma

from Izvora by The Nightingale Trio

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Bulgarian. Adapted from an arrangement by Eva Quartet.

The Eva Quartet recorded this song on their album Bulgarian Folklore Gifts in 2011. We adapted their piece for trio, with the help of our friend Michael Nesuda.


Kalina Moma - Калина мома

The girls ask Kalina to come out with them to pick grapes. The girls are crying for you, they say; and the boys are crying over you! Kalina tells her friends, “You girls go; don’t wait for me. I’m bearing a great lament: my beloved is engaged to someone else. Someone from the upper neighborhood.” The girls go, and Kalina prays, “Dear God, where can I go to lose myself?” In the end, an old woman weeps for a girl – a widow with three children.


from Izvora, released September 9, 2016


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The Nightingale Trio is village harmonies, birdsong lullabies, and moonlit round dances. They reignite the flame of women's folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

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