A small bump in the road…to Koktebel

Needless to say, I am a little shocked that Orest over at Ukrainian Musical Matters closed down his blog supposedly on my account, but that is a topic of another post. As in all online competitions to select musicians, when you run one for the first time you hit a few bumps along the way.…

Nothing like plagiarism… and IP rights ignored

Plagiarism seems to be a disease that is inherent here in Ukraine, and not even just here! Now before all you Ukrainophiles, jump down my throat for being anti-Ukrainian let me continue. Have you ever been on the Kyiv metro? For those of you who have, you have most likely seen the advertisements for term…

Shooting for Koktebel

Last Saturday after meeting someone, retreating from the rain and to use the WiFi at a little place called Kupidon that I frequent, I was sitting there drinking tea and taking care of some correspondence. Oddly enough at about 12:00 in walks a friend of mine Yevhenia Sakharova. Yevhenia, for nearly the last two years…

Transborder Cooperation…

In search for festivals happening in L’viv I came across an interesting bit of information which maybe of interest to those who take the time to read this blog. On August 9, 2008 friends of mine from Haydamaky will be performing a joint concert with Polish band Voo Voo in L’viv. I’m still waiting for…

Request for a Fest!

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail from someone in Edmonton requesting a listing of concerts, festivals and the like, in or near L’viv during the month of August. Unlike June and July which really is the period of most of the festivals that take place in Ukraine, August is a relatively dead…

High praise…

A few days ago I received a phone call from my pianist Ethella Chupryk, she was bubbling over with delight about some article that had appeared in one of the local papers in L’viv. Given the bad connection I thought I heard her say Postup but I was mistaken and never found the article she…

Mirror images…. not quite…

In a post just over two weeks ago I noted that it was Ukrainian pianist Ethella Chupryk’s birthday, and somewhere along the way a good friend of mine Dirk Lustig, came up to me a the Krayina Mriy festival and says. “I was clicking all over your Multiply site to see where I could listen…