The Chornobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986, forced hundreds of thousands of people, including those in the rural, musically rich Kyivan Polissia region, to leave their homes and villages. Separated from their homeland and cultural context, communities were broken apart and centuries-old musical traditions were largely lost. This spring, Smithsonian Folkways will release Ensemble Hilka’s Chornobyl Songs Project: Living Culture from a Lost World, an album re-creating these all-but-vanished songs. Based on Kyivan ethnomusicologist Yevhen Yefremov’s field recordings of songs that would be heard during the course of a typical year in a Polissian village, this collection offers an invaluable re-imagination of a traditional culture whose unique sonorous legacy lives on through the project.
On Wednesday, April 22, the Zozulka Trio (Willa Roberts, Eva Salina, and Maria Sonevytsky) will perform selections from the rural Ukrainian repertoires featured on the recording as well as lyrical songs from neighboring regions. The concert will begin with a short set featuring Bard’s new Eastern European Ensemble.
8 PM, Bard Hall, free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Bard Ethnomusicology, the Center for Civic Engagement, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Urban and Environmental Studies, and Bard’s Experimental Humanities’s “Sound & Affect” series.
March 7, 2014 at 7 PM at the Hart House Music Room, U of T
Save these dates!
TORONTO, Friday, March 7: Hart House Piano Room at the University of Toronto, 7 PM.
WASHINGTON, DC, Saturday, May 17: Lyceum, Alexandria VA, 3 PM (hosted by the Washington Group Cultural Fund).
More details to come.
On Friday, April 26th, We’ll be performing at Columbia University for The Birch, Columbia’s undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. 7:30 PM. Open to the public, Free admission. Potluck House, 606 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027.
Our brand new Zozulka EP — featuring six haunting Ukrainian songs rendered in a minimally edited recording — is now streaming on Bandcamp and available for purchase HERE. Your support is very much appreciated.
And thanks to the wonderful Kosa Kolektiv for organizing a great Saturday workshop in Toronto for us, and to the Munk School of Global Affairs for inviting us to perform in the first place. Our next performance will be at Columbia University on April 26th, details to come.
Join us in Toronto!
On Friday, March 15th:
Zozulka Sings Village Songs from Polissia and Poltava, Ukraine
Piano Room, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Centre for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.
And on Saturday the 16th, we’ll be leading a joint workshop in Ukrainian and Balkan style singing organized by the wonderful Kosa Kolektiv at the St. Vladimir Institute.
Saturday, March 16th, 1pm- 4:30pm (with break in middle)
Sliding Scale $30 -40 (suggested donation)
Advance RSVP requested!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org