Alana Levandoski performs her folk opera Cianalas/Tãsknota. ‘Cianalas’ means homesick or longing in Scottish Gaelic. ‘Tãsknota’ means homesick in Kashubian.
Cianalas/Tãsknota, sings to the ache we feel in our hearts for home, because we now inhabit a time for addressing the disregarded aspects of our own histories.
Alana wrote Cianalas/Tãsknota as a time-travelling opus about embracing, confessing, and metabolizing her entire history, all the way back to the beginnings of longing in the human spirit.
Cianalas/Tãsknota drops keys along the way, awakening the stories and mystery in the West, (not excluding the Christian story), that has all but forgotten itself… it does not have its truest roots in materialistic, colonial, extraction.
Music can carry us into the territory of bone memory… and touch the ache.
This longing for home is our home… aligning with that is everything.
One listener says of the folk opera:
There is music that catches your ear. And then there is music that speaks to your bones. Alana Levandoski’s folk opera, Cianalas/Tãsknota, embodies both qualities. It both turns my head, and resonates to my marrow. More than my Celtic roots feel the call of her songs, which seem to rise out of Mother Earth. My feminine responds as lament and healing weave a cloak of knowing and possibility. I am wrapped and rapt.
– Kimiko Karpoff, writer, photographer, energy healing practitioner, diaconal minister
Alana Levandoski is a singer songwriter, recording producer, a folk opera composer, an essayist, and a willing canvas who makes (and is) art, enfleshed by contemplation, story, and reimagining devotion. Over the last 10 years, Alana has released 6 full-length albums and one EP inside of the niche of exploring Christian mysticism and the perennial traditions. Two of those albums were in collaboration with James Finley, one of the core faculty teachers at the Center for Action and Contemplation.
The concert will be held in the Chapel at Loyola House. Just follow the blue signs once you enter the Ignatius Jesuit Centre’s grounds.