Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRYNZ

Anyone who has taken the time to peruse the pages of my blog has probably already figured that I am an individual who can and has worn many different hats. At times I have received some positive commentary and encouragement while at others I have become engaged in heated debate. Nevertheless, I always try to…

Rostyslav Shtyn on Radio ERA

Today, at 14:00 Rostyslav Shtyn will be a guest on Radio ERA. Not sure what the topic of discussion will be but why not listen and find out. You can listen to Radio ERA on the web right here.  

Opening Horizons on Euro 2012

While music is the main topic of this blog there are time when we have to take a step back and look at things in a slightly different light. In Cardiff, Wales on April 18, 2004, Michel Platini announced that Poland and Ukraine would be hosting the Euro-2012 Championships. Today, on Skhidna Liha Rostyslav Shtyn…

In search of a Piano

It is not everyday that I have the possibility to talk with a world class pianist but that happened last week. Her name is Ethella Chupryk, a winner of many different piano competitions, including The Lysenko Competition in L’viv, The Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow, and she was in Kyiv to both check out studio’s and…

Stina / The Wall – The First Ukrainian Rock Opera

In a comment to my post on A little music history Kasia brought up a jem of a topic. The first Ukrainian Rock Opera Stina, and mentioned that Ihor Bilozir was involved in it having read about it somewhere on the web. Ihor in fact was not involved in this project, and to answer Kasia’s…

The Devolution of Ukrainian culture beyond its borders

Recently on a business trip to Madrid to examine the state of the Ukrainian community and examining the Spanish market for a number of different projects there were a few things that shed light on what some of the problems that exist in the Ukrainian cultural sphere. While the weather and the general state of…

Telnyuk Sisters – Changes

While the Telnyuk Sisters toured cities of Western Ukraine in the middle of December to promote their new album the duet’s producer Rostyslav Shtyn decided to hold back the release of the album. As he mentioned in an interview on www.sumno.com “The question – is the form of presentation. In order that it be understood,…

The Importance of Choice in the Ukrainian Music Industry

I have previously posted some thoughts on problems in the Ukrainian music industry but some of the thoughts of my director and friend sum it up well on www.sumno.com website. While he discusses his role as producer of the Telnyuk Sisters, a number of issues are touched upon, including content laws, media access to musicians,…