Art Songs By Monika Gurak
Monika Gurak composer
Chelsea Melamed mezzo-soprano
Jo Greenaway piano
Monika Gurak certainly is no ordinary songwriter: not just because of her academic background, but also because of her love of foreign cultures. Her linguistic fluency in English, Spanish, and Polish heavily influences her work on I LOVE YOU LIKE SPAIN from Navona Records: the songs are sung in English, but the music comes with a generous helping of both Iberian exoticism as well as Polish sensibility.
Love and freedom are the central subjects here, and Gurak profoundly explores the depths of these sometimes contradictory values in her lyrics. Solemn declarations of love, hope, and the levity of new romance form an alternating current which remains eternally relatable – a unifying theme even beyond all ideas of culture and language.
“Hope is…”, a song from this album made Gurak the winner of the Canadian category of the 2021 Arcady-RBC Emerging Composer Competition.