Píseň země (The Song of Earth) is a joint musical project of the folklorist and multi-instrumentalist Marian Friedl and the sought-after traditional folklore ensembles RukyNaDudy and Grunik. Martin Friedl, the mastermind behind the album and its main initiator, has designed it to narrate the story and memories of a region in the Moravian-Silesian Beskids. It is the story of a landscape that was once covered with dense virgin forest and then gradually settled and cultivated by Moravian peasants and Carpathian shepherds who gave rise to a specific culture there, until they left the region again and the land was reforested. The album was recorded within three days deep in the mountains, in places where its music originated and where all participating musicians and specialists gathered not only to play and sing the songs but to relive their authentic charm and give us a taste of their archaic forms.
Gabriela Čárková, Zuzana Foldynová, Markéta Fucimanová, Marek Pasičnyk, Sabrina Pasičnyková, Anna Pavlisková, Kateřina Peková, Natálie Rokytová, Martin Skotnica, Alžběta Šalamounová, Veronika Šalamounová, Eliška Šidlová, Lucie Šimerdová, Monika Šmírová - voices
Jan Pustka, Marian Friedl, Vlastimil Bjaček, Petr Domčík, Lukáš Mrkva - voices, various traditional instruments
Jan „Standa“ Glembek - three-hole flute
Jiří Slavík - small bass
Recorded by Milan Cimfe (Sono Expedition/CZ)
Mixed by Milan Cimfe & Pavel Karlík (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)
Masteried by Pavel Karlík & Adam Karlík (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)