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Ash (Æ) / Press

"It is extremely rare for singers from one cultural frame to capture the true essence and expression of another culture, no less of several different cultures. Aurelia Lucy Shrenker and Eva Salina Primack do this effortlessly and with extraordinary technical skill and artistic innovation. Their singing simply takes my breath away. "

Ethel Raim - Center for Traditional Music and Dance

“... Their voices are the voices of old souls, wary, a little battlescarred, passionate with the knowledge that lack of passion equals death....The two are like sisters – their camaraderie and shared intuition for tempos, harmonies and dynamics are as uncanny as the music they sing...”

"On hearing Æ, my life changed for good; a hollowness which I was scarcely aware of has been filled - nourished in the extreme by these extraordinary people and the heartbreakingly beautiful intertwining of their voices."

“Plaintive, austere, otherworldly and often hauntingly beautiful, this isn’t your typical a cappella album. Imaginative Brooklyn vocal duo Æ’s claim to fame is that they’re equally at home with earthy Balkan folk music as they are with Americana. The most innovative cuts here interpolate Applachian and Balkan themes, revealing the strange yet familiar commonalities in two styles that seemingly could not be more dissimilar...The two women were seemingly born to blend voices together – they could be sisters...”

““Look out for Æ! This wonderful new duo, singing an unprecedented mix of songs from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, mixed and mashed with ballads from the American South is a stunning new addition to our musical landscape. The ladies of Æ sing together in a cappella arrangements and also accompany themselves on accordion and panduri, a 3-string lute from the Republic of Georgia. Their wonderful voices, great approach and depth of knowledge make them unmistakable. Æ is one of my favorites, bar none.””

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