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Do you have a social media reach of over 100K? If so you may consider lending your reach to an initiative by two Canadians. I was an expat in Ukraine for nearly ten years, my friend is still there. On June 18, 2014 Nadiya Savchenko was abducted by Russian backed terrorists and against the rules…

The City That Never Sleeps – Review

The City That Never Sleeps… Review of Myroslav Levytsky‘s   “The City That Never Sleeps” CD released in 2011. Written by: William (Vasyl) Pawlowsky CD The City That Never Sleeps Date published: 08/24/2011 4.75 / 5 stars Some time ago I discovered that my old friend Myroslav Levytsky had just put out a new CD.…

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,…

Mirages – or playing with one’s memory

Last night after a few meetings a friend of mine and I decided to go to one of the places that everyone should know about in Kyiv, especially if they like different types of pirizkhy and bulochky, the place is Yaroslavna on Yaroslaviv Val just above from where Ivano Franka Street starts. As we were…

Braty bluzu taking on a new shape…

Well just over a week has passed since I was at a concert at Art Club 44 in the heart of Kyiv. It was on Halloween night, and like many places the staff at that establishment were all ghouled up… Like any other thing here in Ukraine, if it can be commercially feasible, then go…

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…

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…

When will the posters disappear – Cry Fire

Well, last night one of Russia’s musical oligarch’s, Yosef Kobzon had his anniversary concert in Kyiv. Unfortunately the posters promoting it will be around to remind everyone just how great he is. I hope they come down soon I am getting sick of looking at his ugly mug. In the entry on Wikipedia above there…

Ukrainian musicians to descend on Budapest

Back in 1998 Myroslav Levytsky and Braty bluzu performed on the main stage at the Pepsi-Sziget Festival as the first Ukrainian group to perform. There he met Canadian Lionel Lodge which eventually led to work with both Lionel and Rens Newland on the Music Without Borders project. Later on in 1999 Mandry headed off to…

More on 15 years of Braty bluzu

As mentioned below Braty bluzu will be 15 years old this summer. Wow how time flies. Well I learnt this morning from Myroslav Levytsky that the concert he has planned for the 15th Anniversary of Braty bluzu is not to be held in June, but actually it will be held in the same location as…