A rock version of Ukraine's national anthem popped up on YouTube on March 24. The video featuring musician and Kharkiv EuroMaidan activist Nikita Rubchenko got some 300,000 views in just the first three days.
On March 22, the daily rush of Odessa’s popular fish market Privoz was suddenly interrupted by – or rather treated to – a live performance by the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Odessa Opera Theater, led by Western-born musician and conductor Hobart Earle.
A very confident yet humble Dmitriy Shurov has been a music practitioner for many years, experimenting with different styles and arrangements. He writes his own lyrics, composes music, sings and plays the piano.
The young lady in a black gown with her perfectly styled blonde hair looks like a celebrity – even an arrogant one on the home page of her website alloise.com. But 28-year-old Alla Moskovka, who goes by the stage name of Alloise, is a down-to-earth star in real life.
Daring, devilish and disturbing, The Hardkiss is often mistaken for a Western European band. “Are these guys from Ukraine?” awed listeners ask when watching their music videos. They might look like a mixture of Lady Gaga, Paramore and good old glam and punk, but the up-and-coming band is definitely Ukrainian.
It’s amazing how quickly a different point of view can turn something depraved into something relatively humorous. An uncovered YouTube video, shot from an entirely different angle, shows flag desecrator Jared Hasselhoff not urinating on the Ukrainian flag as everyone supposed, but accidently spraying it with red liquid – possibly fake blood – during a harmless prank. Which begs the question; was it all that bad?
Motorhead expressed sincere regret as they disclosed the decision to cancel their summer concerts, including the one scheduled to be held in Kyiv on July 28. The decision was made due an illness suffered by the group’s lead singer, Lemmy Kilmister. Upon his doctor’s recommendation, the concert series in Europe and Russia will not take place. Those who purchased tickets can receive a refund at the Palace of Sports box office between the dates of August 5 and October 31.
After her successful single “Butterflies,” Ukraine’s famous star, singer-actress Kamaliya, is not resting on her laurels.
The second annual YUNA awards, honoring the nation's top musicians, were broadcast Sunday, March 17, starting at 10:30 p.m. on Inter TV.
Thirty five people sat on the ornate stage of Ukraine’s National Philharmonic. They were dressed for rehearsal in their orchestra uniforms of vinous jackets and black trousers. The group chatted with each other, laughed and looked curiously around. They were members of Jostiband, a Dutch orchestra whose members have various mental disabilities, including Down syndrome.
No matter how hard you try to promote cultural products, nothings beats universal appeal and a bit of luck.
After seemingly every other billboard in Kyiv since the summer showed posters of Jennifer Lopez with massive earrings and bright pink lipstick announcing her arrival, the much anticipated concert finally took place in Kyiv’s Sports Palace on Nov. 13.
They are charismatic, elegant and true and, if you hear them singing, you will remember the experience forever. Pikkardiyska Tercia, an inimitable band from Lviv, sounds like a small orchestra but in fact its music is performed by six men a cappella.