Ancient Slavic goddesses have descended to Earth. They disguised themselves as four beautiful, talented and truly original artists, who came together to form an exciting new project. Their name is Vesna and they offer a fresh and distinctly feminine take on Slavic folklore. Vesna in Czech means the Goddess of spring.
In ancient mythology, Vesna was the giver of everything new, she was portrayed as a beautiful maiden with pure soul and angelic body and a heart full of courage. “Vesna is a representation of a young rebel with great dreams. Just like me,” says Bulgarian pianist Tanita.
Summer goddess Ziva is the expression of fertility and joyfulness. In Slavic myths, she was believed to be a passionate lover, sometimes represented as a female hunter. She was trusted to bring health and prosperity. “I get inspired by Ziva’s appreciation of life. She is a sensual and spontaneous deity who is not afraid to use female weapons. That’s what every woman should learn,” says jazz flutist Andrea that found passion in music.
Mokosh is connected with Earth element and she is the Great Mother. Her qualities are to caress, protect and love. She is enigmatic, yet calm and balanced deity, that’s why she might be connected with autumn season. The violin player Bara found a quick connection with Mokosh: “I think every woman becomes happy when she gives love. I imagine that maternal love is one of the most delicate and powerful things in a life of a woman.”
Last Goddess in the cycle of year is Morana. She was believed to have ivory skin, icy eyes and raven hair. In Slavic mythology, Morana was the opposite of Vesna, a fierce woman with magic powers. “Some people see her as a goddess of death. I see her as a wise woman who knew her strength and instead of being a dreamer, she carried out her visions,” says Patricie, the lead singer and founder of Vesna.
These four musicians hit the music scene earlier this year with a stunning multi-media show featuring music, art, fashion show, and an ethereal dance performance and caused an instant sensation.
Tune in and enter an amazing world of sound and imagery where ancient mythical deities come to life. folk tales are being retold and strong female characters play central part. Vesna takes inspiration in their roots and presents Slavic culture in a unique, stylish and totally contemporary way.
Vesna hit the music scene earlier this year with a stunning multi-media show featuring music, art, fashion show, and an ethereal dance performance and caused an instant sensation.
Vesna’s music is a mesmerising fusion of Wallachian folklore, classical music, jazz and world
music. Their first EP “Goddesses,” recorded with the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra offers a high-quality musical experience. It is inspired by Slavic Goddesses, four seasons and traditional lifestyle.
Goddesses of today
What really makes the band stand out is their original and very elaborate image. They create a whole story around them in which each of the four musicians represents one Slavic deity. Pianist Tanita is Vesna, the Goddess of spring, fresh, tender, naive, full of courageous dreams and plans. Flute player Andrea represents the Goddess of summer Živa, fertile, passionate, playful and full of energy. Violinist Bára impersonates Mokosh, the somewhat enigmatic, Goddess of fall, who is at the same time a kind, caring mother figure. And lastly, Morana, the Goddess of winter and death, represented by singer Patricie. She is an icy beauty, sometimes cruel with the power to torment but also to renew.
Telling stories with music
The songs, written by Patricie will charm you with their soul-stirring melodies and dreamy
harmonies while the lyrics evoke images of nature and traditional lifestyle. Vesna builds on a
strong tradition of storytelling present in Slavic culture. Each song is a tale. Morana, for example tells a story about a young girl who couldn’t face the death of her lover and turned into a fierce Goddess with a heart of stone. The music together with the video add a captivating movie-like atmosphere to this song.
Crossover between arts
Vesna is not only about music, it is rather a multi-artistic project says pianist Tanita. The four Goddesses successfully merge music with other forms of art such as dance, visual art, and fashion, creating an immersive artistic experience. Patricie explains that: “art is not only about music, it has to be about every little detail, there has to be harmony. Our music is naturally reflected in other areas.” One such area is fashion. You have probably noticed the fantastic fancy dresses they wear in the pictures. These were created specially for the band by Czech designer Kamila Vodochodská. Her collection”Vesna” reflects Slavic Goddesses, while exploring the ever-changing nature o a woman, from a naive girl, to a passionate lover, a caring mother and an uncompromising woman of power.
Honouring the Goddess within us
Woman is the main theme in Vesna’s music. In ancient Slavic times, a
woman was a symbol of transformation, a bearer of life an epitome of
beauty. Today women are under pressure. Our society puts an emphasis on
values traditionally associated with men such as performance, rationality
and achievement while the more female qualities such as tenderness,
harmony, or spontaneity are being sidelined. The women of Vesna are not
afraid to express their femininity and encourage today’s women to
reconnect with their roots and discover the Goddess within them.
Vesna are now working on their first album. But who knows what else will
come out of their creative minds – a book, a play, a film? We will just have to
wait and see.
Founded by Patricie, singer, song writer and a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of
Music, Vesna is a musical project led by four distinctive women: lead singer Patricie Fuxová,
pianist Tanita Yankova, violinist Bára Šůstková and flute player Andrea Šulcová.