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.…

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…

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…

The Braty bluzu – Newland gig

Well it wasn’t really a gig, it was more like a closed party for the Association of Ukrainian Architects, and a get together for some friends. I entered the Hotel Rus where the reception for Architects was bing held Myroslav ushered me into an ante room just off the main hall. In a short while,…

Braty bluzu together with Rens Newland

While in L’viv on business I got a phone call from my good friend Myroslav Levytsky, composer and founder of Braty bluzu. He asked me if I would be in town on Thursday as he wanted to invite me to a concert he, his brother and Funk/Jazz guitarist Rens Newland will be performing at a…

A Happy Birthday To Myroslav Levytsky

Myroslav Levytsky, composer and lead man of Braty bluzu, which won the Grand Prix at the Chervona Ruta festival in 1993, turned 40-something today. The band’s name is often confused in its meaning, and is translated as “Blues Brothers”, but in fact it is a western Ukrainian expression which means to take one’s jacket and…