Jose Luis Merlin, DakhaBrakha and Unity International Jazz Festival
9 March, 7 p.m.
Kirov Palace of Culture
(1A, pr. Metalurhiv, Zaporizhzhya)
His grandparents emigrated to Argentina back in 1912, and he is the first of the family to visit his historic motherland, Ukraine, a century later. The world-renowned composer and legendary guitar virtuoso, Jose Luis Merlin will perform a concert of classical and traditional chamber Latin-American music in Zaporizhzhya. The maestro performs his best compositions, which are part of the mandatory programme at most conservatoires of Europe, America and Asia. Over the course of his music career, Jose Luis Merlin has participated in more than 30 tours throughout the world.
TheAntiqueArt CollectionoftheKhanenkoMuseum. Selected Pieces is an exhibition of almost 60 works of art from Ancient Greece, Etruria and Rome from its museum collection. They include terracotta figurines, as well as painted vases and goblets that are 1,700 to 3,000 years old. Most of the exhibits are from the collection of Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko, Ukrainian philanthropists and art collectors of the 20th century. The rest were given to the museum from archaeological digs and by various entities. The exhibition is dedicated to Fanny Stitelman, archaeologist, art critic and principal researcher of the collection of antique art at the Khanenko Museum.
12 March, 7 p.m.
(16a, vul. Shota Rustaveli, Kyiv)
Elements of soul, drum and bass style, the combination of Ukrainian singing with Eastern rhythms and the Hutsul interpretation of hip-hop – are some of the many more musical elements that characterise the unusual performance style of DakhaBrakha, a Ukrainian ethno-quartet.The band has recorded five albums over the course of ten years. The musicians worked on their last album, KhmelevaProject, with PortMone, a well-known Belarussian band. The group’s fans will hear compositions from the last and other albums at the Kyiv concert.
15 March, 6 p.m.
Kyiv National Academic Theatre of Operetta
(53/3, vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, Kyiv)
Kyiv will soon see the start of the 12th annual Unity (Yednist) International Jazz Festival, which was first held in 2002. During this time, musicians from Ukraine, Russia, the USA, Norway, Germany, Israel and other countries of the world have performed on the festival’s stage. The well-known Polish band, Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio, will be special guests at this year’s event. The jazz band is the personal project of pianist and composer Paweł Kaczmarczyk, who together with his colleagues will present compositions from their multi award-winning album, Complexity in Simplicity.
The Ukrainian Week asks American think-tankers and diplomats three questions: 1. Is Ukraine seen as part of Russia’s sphere of influence in the US? 2. Why a part of the American establishment believes that Ukraine should be attributed to Russia’s orbit? 3. What can Ukraine do to counter this approach?