Monday, May 22, 2017

What the Heck is Safonia

A concert held in North Denver at a Lutheran church was performed by Safonia. It was a concert of voices with no musical instruments. Amazing the sounds that singing can produce! The group is called Safonia and since I had never heard that word before, I went to Google.

Safonia is a made up word using two words.  Sappho which means Goddess of Music in Greek and Symphonia, a small chamber ensemble. A few times a year, I enjoy attending the Arvada Chorale  directed by Marla Wasson. She is an energetic conductor and she mentioned Safonia at one of the Arvada concerts. I do not remember what she said, but luckily my friend did listen and was able to get information on Safonia. A group of vocalists who hold concerts a few times a year. Yesterday was my first concert, Folk You! presented by Safonia.

A variety of music was presented including folk songs from Canada, Mexico, Cuba, England, Scotland, Ireland, Kentucky, Appalachia and Africa. Two sing-a-longs were This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie),and The Erie Canal. Other songs from famous singers were: Simon and Garfunkel, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. Safonia not only use their voices, but also their hands and feet to emphasize some of the music.

One of my favorites was the Harp Singers who separated into four groups. The explanation of Harp Singers left me confused yet I enjoyed it immensely! With no instruments and just their voices the groups sing in their own tone and even though it was said that no experience is needed, that one does not have to be a singer, and that anyone can participate, I  disagree! My conclusion is that one has to have a voice to join in the repetitive singing.  A beautiful afternoon with the harmonizing voices of Safonia.

"If I cannot fly,
let me sing."
Stephen Sondheim

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