Even though music was an important part of my life from an early age, I only started singing in high school. I was immediately intrigued by the art of ensemble singing and it has been my primary passion ever since.
Discovering choral music, I came across Michael’s ‘Dúlamán’ and Anúna. Instantly, I was thrilled listening to this music. I needed more, I continued to explore and was amazed by what I found. A few years later, I met Michael in Tolosa, Spain. We got along straight away.
Anúna is inevitably connected to the Irish tradition and a part of our repertoire is comprised of traditional Irish folk songs arranged by Michael. One might think how a foreigner like myself could even comprehend the message that is being delivered to the audience. That is when – to my surprise - I learned some very valuable things.
Anúna is an unusual, very unconventional choir. Not only singing, but being a part of this remarkable story, is about forgetting about yourself and becoming a part of the group. As a professional singer I have sung with various ensembles and choirs but there is something unique I noticed about Anúna – I do not have to worry about the sound I produce as long as it is natural and beautiful. The effect this simple fact has on a singer is incredible. Therefore the sound of Anúna is overwhelmingly sincere.
In Slovenia, singing is a part of our culture, simply a part of us. The music Michael composes and the ensemble sings becomes a part of you as long as you let yourself become a part of it.
That is, I believe, what draws such vast numbers of audiences across the world to Anúna.