Kyiv Salsa Kings make a shift

A while back I mentioned some different bands in Kyiv that are not necessarily Ukrainian, one of these bands, the Kyiv Salsa Kings are making a shift. This morning I heard it directly from Canadian band member Karolina Patocki. The band has officially changed its name to DisLOCAdos. The name really says it all. A…

Okean Elzy’s Mira: New album goes Platinum?

According to some Internet reports OE’s new album had 170,000 advance orders as of the CD’s release date on April 25. While this may or may not be the case, the problem of accurate numbers when it comes to CD sales in Ukraine has always been difficult and will continue to be. An number of…

The will of the people

While Tantsi Zirkamy is a show which has helped 1+1 go to the top in the TV ratings, I consider it little more than kitsch which does little contribute to contemporary Ukrainian culture, the last episode over the weekend proved that no matter what the judges think Oleh Skrypka is going to the finals. Many…

Festivals hampered by Ukraine’s Political Situation

Just a little over a week ago I had to make a tough decision, but in retrospect it was the right one. I had been negotiating with a well known jazzman of Ukrainian heritage to participate in what was to be the 10th International Forum “Music of Youth” Festival of Contemporary Young Performers for little…

Learning from the past

On Monday April 16th the CEO of the NBA, National Broadcasters Association, David Rehr challenged broadcasters on how they market themselves in saying that “they have to draw on the best from the past, and redefine it for the future.” Unfortunately the broadcast industry in Ukraine doesn’t have much of a past to draw on,…

Roosting Pigeons…The newest duo to hit Ukraine

It turns out that even the animal kingdom has found out about that fact that were are looking for new talent. Last night when I arrived home, my room mate Myroslav Levytsky says to me, “We have guests!” I asked, “Well where are they?” He pointed to the top of the door leading out on…

Stina / The Wall – The First Ukrainian Rock Opera

In a comment to my post on A little music history Kasia brought up a jem of a topic. The first Ukrainian Rock Opera Stina, and mentioned that Ihor Bilozir was involved in it having read about it somewhere on the web. Ihor in fact was not involved in this project, and to answer Kasia’s…

Some other music, but not necessarily Ukrainian

As usual I try to head to the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv every second week to do a little networking and socialize. This past Friday I saw a few familiar faces that I was not expecting to see at the Embassy and it was a pleasant surprise, when Blair Sheridan, a fellow former Montreal walked…

A little music history

Easter is one of those moments for family and friends to gather. Due to a small force major incident last Thursday I couldn’t travel to my father’s village to spend time with my cousin, his family and my godson. As a consolation I spent Easter with my business partner and someone who has become a…

The Singing Rector…Some answers to questions?

There have been many different friends who while visiting Kyiv have said, “What’s the take with this rector of some University with his own TV program!” It usually doesn’t take long for me to figure out that they are referring to Mykhailo Poplavskiy, Rector of the Cultural University. Incidentally the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine…