An interlude from something sweet – Oleh Skrypka absent from Kraina Mriy

Yesterday a friend of mine and fellow Twitterer hinted that she would be interviewing Oleh Skrypka today… According to her report on Deutsche Welle it seems the initiator of the Kraina Mriy festival, now in its sixth year, will not himself be at the festival. In fact he will be at a festival taking place…

Live Earth vs Krayina Mriy

If we look back over the weekend there were two different events that were going on in the music industry as a whole and here in Ukraine with a focus on totally different matters. However, were they so different? While former front man Oleh Skrypka of Vopli Vidoplasova held his Fourth World Music Festival Krayina…

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…

Ukrainian contemporary culture: some more thoughts on the problems

Earlier on I posted two different posts dealing with the problems both abroad and internally within Ukrainian contemporary culture. Most recently with the selection of Verka Serduchka to represent Ukraine in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest is another example of what ails the system. One of the elements which has created problems in the formation…

Malanka – Kyiv

This past Saturday I attended the traditional Old New Year, Malanka, celebration at Ukrainian House in Kyiv and hosted by L’vivske Tovarystvo in Kyiv. Entertainment was provided by a number of different musicians including Pikardijska Tertsia, Taras Chubay, and Oleh Skrypka and his Retro Orchestra along with a few other lesser known acts. It was…