Vocalist/actress/ethnomusicologist Julia Ulehla and guitarist Aram Bajakian (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Frank London), musical and life partners, are the nucleus of Dálava, a unique cross-genre project that reflects a body of Moravian folk songs of the 19th and early 20th century through the lens of 21st century creative jazz, world and post-rock styles. The powerful folk melodies at the heart of each composition are like miniature fairy tales or compact, elliptical parables, and for each of them Dálava has crafted its own sound world. Julia animates their affecting melodies and archetypal storylines of love, death and the natural world through an improvisational yet ritual approach to performance. There is a generations-long personal bond at work, as the songs were collected in his hometown by her great-grandfather, Vladimír Úlehla, a biologist and ethnomusicologist who viewed folk songs as living organisms. So they prove to be in Dálava’s bold, powerful and tender interpretations. Dálava's recent release The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines, 2017) has garnered critical acclaim in jazz, world, and new music outlets: “Every now and then an album appears that is so overwhelming and so intense that it is hard to put into any category. Such is the case with The Book of Transfigurations...Saying that TBOT is a masterpiece is not an exaggeration” (Bas Springer, fRoots, August 2017). “It’s astonishing music—and the story behind its creation is emblematic of how Old World traditions can be born again, thousands of miles and several generations away from their roots" (Alex Varty, Georgia Straight, March 2017). In performance and on recording, the "incandescent" (Musicworks, Summer/Fall 2017) Dálava delves into deep territory—conjuring ancestors, animating spirits, and crafting musical microcosms around the gem-like folk melodies.