A weekend of fun under the sun – Are we certain?

I awoke on Saturday morning bright and early. The sun was shining and all I could see was big white clouds in the sky. After a little meandering around my neighbourhood, making a number of phone calls and then meeting up with a friend just after noon I decided it was time to go to…

Happy Birthday Ethella Chupryk

Sometimes no matter how hard you try to get the timing right something gets in the way. This was the case with Ethella’s birthday gift for this year. It was planned that by now we would have had The Vancouver Collection – Undiscovered Geniuses – Piano Music in our hands and be with Ethella in…

Drymba Da Dzyga or DDD

Quite some time ago at a local watering hole Dem Haydamaky’s guitarist introduced me to a fellow by the name of Oleksandr Novichenko, bass player with a relatively new Ukrainian band called DrymbaDaDzyga. A short while later Oleksandr comes over to me and hands me a CD, and like many things I stashed into my…

And there isn’t just chicken!

Along with seeing posters for the Chicken Fest upon my descent into or ascent out of the Kyiv metro system, there has been one other poster that has been hard not to miss. It’s the advert for an event called Trypilske Kolo eco-cultural festival, which will be taking place on the weekend of June 28-29…

Chicken Festival?

While Orest over at Ukrainian Musical Matters has done a great summary of the different music festivals going on in Ukraine this summer I can’t see how he forgot the Chicken Festival being held at the National Exposition Center of Ukraine on June 28! Actually, today was the first time I heard of such a…

Talking about tight

A few days back I posted about a guy by the name of Andriy Antonenko, aka Riffmaster. While I have had the opportunity to listen to recorded material that Andriy has put out, it was not until last night that I could really appreciate the level of talent of Riffmaster. I have been kicking around…

You say you want a revolution

As I walked down to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro stop to head to the office this morning there were a couple of things I noticed as I walked down by the Conservatory. There were all these barricades up from just below Mr. Snack… not that all of you know where that is, but if you…

Talking about riffs and their Masters

Well over 18 months ago I got to know a couple of guys at one of the locals I frequent in central Kyiv. As many of you who have visited Ukraine, tattoes are quite popular, but when I met Andriy Antonenko there was something that struck me about one of his tattoes accross one of…

Shameless Self Promotion of a Virtuoso

Well as my good friend and blogger Pawlina says over at the Nash Holos blog, “There is nothing wrong with shameless self-promotion!” Hence, I am taking a lesson from her and while it doesn’t directly apply it does apply to an artist that I manage. Her name is Ethella Chupryk and I have mentioned her…

The Town’s a Buzz with Sir Paul McCartney playing Kyiv on June 14th, 2008

Kyiv has not seen the likes of this much hype on a concert ever before, this I am certain of. As I walked across Maidan Nezalezhnosti there were three cranes working on the assembly of the stage for the Sir James Paul McCartney concert to be held Saturday June 14, in Kyiv. Reports have it…