SOULFUL & FUNKY Ukrainian RESISTANCE MUSIC
My music is made in Toronto, often referred to as the “meeting place”, where I honed my artistry in jazz, R&B, and contemporary music. Yet, my roots lie in my birthplace, where I was raised on my father’s resistance anthems and Ukrainian folk songs, carrying warning signs from my ancestors. Now, my mission is to expand on my father’s legacy, and share the Ukrainian soul with others… [read more…]
One day, I was driving my car, and a Prince song came on the radio. I started singing ancient polyphonic motifs over Prince’s grooves, and “Kupalo” was created. The track, which evokes the powerful ancestral magic of Ukraine, takes its name from a Slavic celebration of the summer solstice, originating from pagan times. On the night of Kupalo (Ivana Kupala), young villagers leap over fires, purify themselves in water, and perform rituals to predict their fates.
“Evening Star” (Live)
Live performance of my song “Evening Star” from Small World Music in Toronto, featuring KC Roberts, Andrew Stewart, Max Senitt, and Rob Christian. [More Videos]
“With Ukraine” Fundraiser 03.11.22
I’ve never been more proud of a concert I helped organize. The 4.5 hour “With Ukraine” Benefit Concert took place at the Opera House in Toronto on March 11th, 2022. We raised over $30,000 CAD for Humanitarian Relief in Ukraine. I performed a song in Crimean Tatar to raise awareness for the Indigenous people of Crimea, alongside artists including Measha Brueggergosman and Jim Creeggan (of Barenaked Ladies) [More Videos]
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