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The Centre of Modern Art "Dach" (UA) Czeremosz (UA)


zoomUcraine The Centre of Modern Art "Dach" "DachaBracha - ethnochaos", (artistic director - Wladyslaw Troicki). The world was created out of Chaos. The music is created out of the soul of the people.
Ethno + chaos - these are roots of the words from which the world of music stems, the world which is diverse in its rhythms, but cognizable in the sounds of native music, the world which is surprising, expected and new.

When we deal with reconstruction in ethnic music, we somehow go back to the roots. But can you say for sure what are those "roots"? Especially, when you belong to the city culture, where any "instilment" of authenticity is usually artificial. But if you feel this sound impulse and you make a step ahead, thanks to imagination and inspiration you do not lose hope for revival of the forgotten and for new creation.

DachaBracha - is the original name, strange and true.
The words dawać (to give) and brać (to take) come from Old Ukrainian.
When you hear the name, apparently independent chords of a whole sound and play in it: "Ra" - the sun, "brama" (a gate) - the entrance and "Brachma" - the Indian god of creation, and of course, the Centre of Modern Art "Dach" as a place where the group DachaBracha was created.

The group consists of: Nina Horenecka, Iryna Kowalenko, Olersandra Harbuzowa, Olena Cybulska (all from a folk group "Kralyci", artistic director Iwan Synielnikow) and also Marko Halanewycz.

"Dawać" (to give) is clear. To give music, joy, feast, the whole spectrum of emotions, feelings and thoughts, which are brought by lively music and singing. But what to take? On the one hand, the girls have dealt with Ukrainian authentic music for over 10 years now, they collected and wrote down songs during numerous journeys in Ukraine, on the other hand - they come from Kiev, they obtain the folk tradition somehow indirectly. That allows them for some freedom in music, without being subjected to usually artificial canons of ethnic music. The energy to sing is given to them by their native culture, but also by the culture of other countries - at the meeting point, as what is the Ukrainian culture if not a meeting point?!

Having touched the very heart of the song, the rhythm, the chord, the sense, you will feel the resonance, the irresistible will of creating, adding tones, writing symphonies. In this Ukrainian symphony you can hear European and oriental, ancient and modern, Christian and Muslim motives.

The instruments of DachaBracha are Indian tabla, Buddhist gong, cello, maracas, Russian rattles...

Wladyslaw Troicki calls himself the director of the "unprocessed editing", his talent is based on artistic assembly of what seems not to match one another. Transferring tones from another culture, other musical genres e.g. neoclassicism into Ukrainian folk song allows to unseal the potential of Ukrainian melodies, to open them not only to the world but also to oneself and to the modern awareness.

This Ukrainian song, avant-garde and sacred at the same time, has a common voice with the internal universe of the man, his sorrow of the soul and his spiritual calmness, child-like carefreeness and pathos, religious ecstasy and the tragedy of the mind...

This universe does not take away anything from the man, it adds - up to completion and a new bloom of creativity.


zoomUcraine Czeremosz The group was started by Roman Kumlyk in 1991 in Werchowyna, Ukraine. The band released two albums in Poland (MC "Huculskie Muzyki" - "Hutsul Music" and CD "Czeremosz: huculska kapela Roman Kumlyka" - "Czeremosz: Hutsul group of Roman Kumlyk"), and their recordings appeared also on compilations of Hutsul music in many countries. Roman Kumlyk - a brilliant instrumentalist who plays in "Czeremosz" mainly violin and wind instruments (dvoyanka, sopilka, telenka and bagpipes) - is accompanied by musicians playing the accordion, violin, dulcimer and drums. Although at concerts they keep to the original tunes, they do not play in the same manner as during weddings, because such music would not suit a big concert hall. On stage Kumlyk creates different musical arrangements, frequently joining motifs from all over the Hutsul region - around Rachow, Kolomyja, Bukowina, Romania. "Czeremosz" is the main, but not the only, band of Roman Kumlyk. He has led a wedding music group for 25 years, he is a music teacher, and a custodian of a regional museum founded by him. Roman Kumlyk has cooperated with the Folk Culture Radio Centre of the Polish Radio, the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" in Poland, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2005 CZEREMOSZ, together with the Polish folk music group Orkiestra sw. Mikolaja, prepared a program "Hutsul Music" based on traditional music of the Hutsul region. Roman Kumlyk.

Roman Kumlyk,
Franka 285-280 Werchowyna,
tel. +380/3432/217-44

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