by Jonnie Pekelny
Folk and pop-folk songs from Russia. We will be learning songs that
originate in the culture of the Russian village and city working class,
into composed music with a similar sound.
Jonnie Pekelny is a native of St. Petersburg,
Russia. Although she spent her childhood in the big city, Jonnie's
mother made it a point to learn the songs of the Russian villages and
them to her daughter.
A singer from an early age, Jonnie grew up with
the sweet, fiery, humorous, irreverent and honest songs of rural
and working Russia. Although she later went on to study and sing other
genres (obtaining a minor in music from U.C. Santa Cruz and performing
and in group ensembles that included classical and pop and other
traditions) that first musical love has stuck. Jonnie still loves
and performs the songs of this disappearing cultural treasure.
to collecting and performing Russian music, Jonnie currently sings
with the Loose Canons, a Bay Area women's World Music chorus.