Sounds of An Old World/ Zvuky Zo Staraho Sveta
This CD is a homage to the Slovak folk singing. Winfried Skrobek converted the many impressions collected in the last years in the Slovakia to a sound collage "Sounds of an old world". You can hear Slovak people for whom the singing is still deep-seated in their everyday life. The singing is embedded into natural noises of the rural habitat - twittering birds, sweeping wind, plashing water, kneeling fire... Sometimes the singing is accompanied with guitars, various flutes, slovak whistle "píštalka" and typical slovak overton flute "fujara" - all played by Winfried Skrobek. Motivated by meeting Emilia Šmálová, Winfried Skrobek visited Slovakia for the first time in 1994 and was deeply impressed by the wealth of folklore songs as well as the alive and intact musical tradition he experienced in this country. Further visits followed in the next few years and he became closely acquainted with the country, it's people and their music. Since then his life and artistic work have been accompanied and inspired by Slovak music, particularly by the typical Slovak shepherd's flute "Fujara". Emilia Šmálová grew up amidst folklore in the Middle Slovakian region of Podpolanie. From her childhood on, singing has been an important and natural form of expression for her. She has always perceived the variety and richness of folklore songs as given. The encounter with Winfried Skrobek, and his personal interest and esteem for Slovak culture, gave her an opportunity to see the traditional music from a new perspective, as something unique and rare. Emilia Šmálová has been living in Germany since 1998. In recent years she and her husband Winfried Skrobek have been involved in the propagation of Slovak folklore music in Germany.