Andriy Valaha – RIP

Today, I received an e-mail from good friend of mine Myroslav Levytsky, it was not good news! The subject line read Andrij Valaha and that was it. The only time I receive such short messages they indicate bad news. The message was almost telegraphic: “he did not regain consciousness, Andriy Valaha died”. On October 30,…

Rubin Hood in Kyiv

Well it seems like an old British friend of mine is trying to rob from the rich to give to the poor once again. Nicky Rubin with his band Rubin Hood will be performing at Art Club 44 on Thursday August 6, 2009. Admission is 30 UAH. Before Nicky put together this band he had…

Hadiukyny’s lead man passes

Photo from Sumno.com While I have been silent for some time, this I cannot be silent about, as it touches anyone who followed Ukrainian contemporary music back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today through various sources – but primarily by word of mouth from a friend of mine from Ternopil, that the lead…

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…

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…

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…

Ignorance is Bliss: Take Two – Kobzar hits 7th in the World Music Charts Europe

Over a year ago I wrote about how the Ukrainian music industry and some of the labels of some fairly popular bands don’t do enough to promote their bands in Ignorance is bliss. Well once again history repeats itself! As everyone in Ukraine is happily harping about Ani Lorak representing Ukraine at the Eurovision Song…

Good News for Ukraine’s only Salsa Band disLOCAdos

In the fall of 2006 I met Karolina Patocki a Polish Canadian who had relocated to Kyiv as part of her professional career. We had met through a common friend who had been working here some time earlier. Some time after Karolina had settled in she was like usual getting in tune with the city…

15th Anniversary Reunion Gig

Well it’s now final, well at least according lead man and composer of Braty bluzu. The 15th Anniversary reunion concert of Braty bluzu will be taking place on Tuesday July 24, 2007. The last time these guys played together, if I am not mistaken, was a gig in New York City in about 2003. While…

Zdob şi Zdub

Well I can’t catch every concert in town, Zdob şi Zdub were playing at Baboon Kvartira on Podil last night promoting their new CD Ethnomechanica. Clearly the Moldovan band found enough of a following when they were here in Kyiv for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. While it is clearly not Ukrainian music, it…