Jan Kuhar

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.

Jan Kuhar 2018, image Michael McGlynn

Jan Kuhar 2018, image Michael McGlynn

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.