The Death of a Bard

As I was getting ready to go to bed last night I got an SMS from a friend of mine from UkrMusic. It read “Tryzubiy Stas pomer! Pokhoron zavtra o 15:00 na Askoldovi mohili!” I thought for a moment, do I know this person who has just passed on, and whose funeral is being held…

A Happy Birthday To Myroslav Levytsky

Myroslav Levytsky, composer and lead man of Braty bluzu, which won the Grand Prix at the Chervona Ruta festival in 1993, turned 40-something today. The band’s name is often confused in its meaning, and is translated as “Blues Brothers”, but in fact it is a western Ukrainian expression which means to take one’s jacket and…

Dead Rooster’s hitting the road

Well it seems like one of the longest surviving Ukrainian rock bands, Mertviy Piven’, or Dead Rooster, will be doing a mini-tour in Ukraine. It was about year ago since their last album came out, and I guess Mykhailo Barbara, the band’s lead man, and the boys decided it was time to treat their fans…

Not Everyone Likes Pop Music

I’m not necessarily a big fan of pop music or popsa as it is known here in Ukraine, and in fact there are some who even parody Ukraine’s last representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, Tina Karol. The Rivne-based group Bream Stoker has come up with a little bit of twist on Ms. Karol’s song…

The Flit Gig – Great but safety is not guaranteed

In North America or probably anywhere else where the “Rule of Law” is followed there would have been at least one hundred and fifty fewer people than the three hundred and twenty who paid for tickets, plus the thirty or so who were in on invites. Before the gig even began a friend of mine…

New Album Buzz from Perekalaba

The talk on a number of different websites around town is that the Ivano-Frankivsk based band Perekalaba will be releasing their new album entitled Hovoryt’ Ivano-Frankivsk by the end of January or the beginning of February. The album is to contain 17 tracks and was produced by Oleh Artym the lead man of the band…

Flit – Upcoming Concert

According to Flit’s manager Prokhor, Flit will performing at Pyvna Bochka 3B/1 Bohdana Khmelnytskoho in Kyiv on Saturday January 20. The show starts at 21:00 and admission is 20 UAH. As you may recall from a previous post, their earlier performance had to be rescheduled due to incomplete renovations to the new Pyvna Bochka location.…

Malanka – Kyiv

This past Saturday I attended the traditional Old New Year, Malanka, celebration at Ukrainian House in Kyiv and hosted by L’vivske Tovarystvo in Kyiv. Entertainment was provided by a number of different musicians including Pikardijska Tertsia, Taras Chubay, and Oleh Skrypka and his Retro Orchestra along with a few other lesser known acts. It was…

Ignorance is bliss

It seems that the music industry here is burying its head in the sand. In a conversation I had yesterday with one of Ukraine’s best informed music critics, Oleksandr Yevtushenko, I discovered that the Ukrainian group Haydamaky is more appreciated beyond the borders of Ukraine then at home. At the 20th Womex (World Music Expo)…

Upcoming Gigs in Kharkiv

Ostannya Baricada in Kharkiv will be featuring a number of different groups from different parts of Ukraine during the month of January. January 13 – The Old New Year  – Katruzyn Kinozal (Kyiv) January 14 – Kontraband January 19 – Made in Ukraine and The Jet January 20 – Rusty Nailes January 21 – GraFFika…