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Well, Mertviy Piven, or Dead Rooster as they are known in English had a concert on Sunday February 25th in Kyiv, and while it was my intention to attend – I decided that my health was more important. I guess this is a sign of age! I along with many others I know have been…

The Devolution of Ukrainian culture beyond its borders

Recently on a business trip to Madrid to examine the state of the Ukrainian community and examining the Spanish market for a number of different projects there were a few things that shed light on what some of the problems that exist in the Ukrainian cultural sphere. While the weather and the general state of…

The Braty bluzu – Newland gig

Well it wasn’t really a gig, it was more like a closed party for the Association of Ukrainian Architects, and a get together for some friends. I entered the Hotel Rus where the reception for Architects was bing held Myroslav ushered me into an ante room just off the main hall. In a short while,…

Braty bluzu together with Rens Newland

While in L’viv on business I got a phone call from my good friend Myroslav Levytsky, composer and founder of Braty bluzu. He asked me if I would be in town on Thursday as he wanted to invite me to a concert he, his brother and Funk/Jazz guitarist Rens Newland will be performing at a…

Telnyuk Sisters – Changes

While the Telnyuk Sisters toured cities of Western Ukraine in the middle of December to promote their new album the duet’s producer Rostyslav Shtyn decided to hold back the release of the album. As he mentioned in an interview on www.sumno.com “The question – is the form of presentation. In order that it be understood,…

Some problems abroad

While on a recent business trip to Spain I was appalled by the fact that in two of the Ukrainian stores I visited I could not find one piece of licensed Ukrainian music. The only Ukrainian music I found was one CD of VV collection on CD in MP3 format, and that I am 100%…

The Importance of Choice in the Ukrainian Music Industry

I have previously posted some thoughts on problems in the Ukrainian music industry but some of the thoughts of my director and friend sum it up well on www.sumno.com website. While he discusses his role as producer of the Telnyuk Sisters, a number of issues are touched upon, including content laws, media access to musicians,…

Closing down…

While I had spent some time in the first OstaNNya Baricada which was opened in Kyiv on July 13, 2001, only to be closed down leading up the the 2002 parliamentary elections, I never had the opportunity to visit the reincarnation of the OB in Kharkiv. From what I have been reading on a number…

A Good Friend of Music Returns

Last night on my way from the office I heard my old mobile ring. Later when I examined the missed calls I didn’t recognize the number! Shortly thereafter I received a text message from a good friend: “Sholokh just came into Baraban looking for you!” I immediately called her to see if he was still…