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December 6 & 7, 2019
Concert – Koliada and Music from the Carpathians

Yara Arts Group, under the direction of Virlana Tkacz, staged the concert-theater event, “Koliada and Music from the Carpathians". The Koliadnyky, an ensemble of winter song singers from the Carpathians, sing traditional winter songs and perform brilliant troista instrumental music from the villages of Kryvorivnia and Verkhovyna. Featuring a musical performance by special guest bandurist Julian Kytasty, and on Sunday singers from Ukrainian Village Voices joined in.

September 28, 2019
Concert Closing event for the exhibition Full Circle: Ukraine’s Struggle for Independence 100 Years Ago, 1917-1921

Pavlo Gintov, piano
Denys Savelyev, flute

Works by Michael Hayvoronsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergiy Bortkievich, Zhanna Kolodub, Zhanna Kolodub, Mykola Lysenko

June 29, 2019
Concert "Silent Music for Reflection" 3rd Open International Musical Marathon in Memory of Wassyl Slipak (1974-2016)

Born in Ukraine, Wassyl (Vasyl) Slipak put his career as a baritone in Paris on hold in order to join the volunteers defending Ukraine’s eastern border. On 29 June 2016, at approximately 6 a.m., he was killed by a sniper shot near Luhansk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko posthumously awarded Slipak the title of Hero of Ukraine.

Pavlo Gintov, piano
Hanna Golodinskii, soprano
Denys Savelyev, flute

This multi-city event is organized by the Wassyl Slipak Foundation (Ukraine). Concerts are being coordinated in Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Bila Tserkva, and Mariupol; France: Paris, Le Raincy, Uzès; and in the U.S.: New York City.

June 22, 2019
Performance "Slap!", with Yara Arts Group

SLAP! – a new theatre piece with Bob Holman, Susan Hwang and Julian Kytasty directed by Virlana Tkacz. Artist David Burliuk is slapped by a Scythian Ice Princess, leading to the obvious result: Futurism in Siberia, Japan and New York.

April 12 and 13, 2019

April 12, 2019
Performance "Zhadan & the Bushwick Book Club"

Featuring new music, art, film and tattoos inspired by Zhadan’s poetry. The event is curated by Susan Hwang, who appeared in Yara’s “Capt John Smith Goes to Ukraine” and wrote the song “Mushroom of Donbas” inspired by a Zhadan poem. NYC songwriters Susan Hwang, Charlie Nieland, Rachelle Garniez, John S. Hall, Dallin Applebaum, Andi Rae Healy, Ray Brown and Erel Pilo will perform new songs. Filmmakers Lisa Barnstone, Roman Turovsky, artist Emilia Devitis and tattoo artist Tasha Rubinow will display new work in response to Zhadan's latest release.

April 13, 2019
Performance "Zhadan and Jazz"

Serhiy Zhadan's poetry will be read in the original and in English translations, while jazz pianists Anthony Coleman and Fima Chupakin play.


February 9, 2019
Concert "Endangered Species: Personal Bestiaries", a Bandura Downtown performance

An evening of music and poetry in conjunction with the current exhibition Andy Warhol: Endangered Species. Bob Holman, who will read his new poems, joins singer-songwriter Susan Hwang, composer/saxophonist Charlie Waters, and bandurist Julian Kytasty, music director of «Bandura Downtown».

December 8 and 9, 2018
Concert Yara's Winter Festival "Kytasty Family and Friends"

The Ukrainian Museum and Yara Arts Group present Yara's Winter Festival "Kytasty Family and Friends" at 7 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Julian Kytasty, Yara's resident composer and Artistic Director of Bandura Downtown, introduces the fourth generation of a great bandura family's professional music tradition with Alina Kuzma (soprano, bandura), Teryn Kuzma (soprano, bandura) and Irene Kytasty-Kuzma (alto, bandura). Members of the "family band" will be joined by Yara artists for two programs of music, poetry, and invention in The Ukrainian Museum.

November 11, 2018
Concert Voices of Ukraine's Villages from East to West with Ukrainian Village Voices

The Ukrainian Museum is delighted to introduce Ukrainian Village Voices, a diverse group of folk singers, who will perform traditional Ukrainian polyphonic folk songs. The group traveled to Ukraine this summer and returned with an exciting program of traditional village songs for you to enjoy. They will be joined by a special guest, the celebrated and gifted artist Nadia Tarnawsky, who has captivated our audiences in the past with her powerful voice.

Video from the trip to Ukraine with villagers performing ancient traditional songs was intertwined with the performance of the UVV singers. Members of the group introduced and discussed the video segments.

October 13, 2018
Concert & film with Natalya Pasichnyk, celebrated concert pianist from Sweden

Natalya Pasichnyk screened her documentary Ukrainian Rhapsody - A journey into Ukrainian classical music featuring M. Lysenko, V. Kostenko, M. Skoryk, V. Sylvestrov, B. Lyatoshynsky, L. Revutsky, V. Barvinskyj, K. Stetsenko. After the screening, she performed works by several of the composers featured in the film.

April 20 and 21, 2018
Where the Rivers Flow
Serhiy Zhadan & Friends
read and react to his book Mesopotamia

Hailed as “one of the most important creators of European culture at work today,” poet and author Serhiy Zhadan reads from his new work Mesopotamia, an ode to the people of Kharkiv, his hometown in eastern Ukraine. In this special event directed by Virlana Tkacz of the Yara Arts Group, Zhadan will read in Ukrainian and will be joined by poets Wanda Phipps, Olena Jennings and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler who will read English translations as well as their own poems in reaction to Zhadan’s work. With performances by Yara Arts Group actors and music by Ukrainian jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin.

April 13, 2018
Without repetition: New poems and prose

Readings by Alexander Motyl and Vasyl Makhno

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Remembering the poet, writer, literary critic and the founding member of the New York Group on the first anniversary of his passing.

STASH LUCZKIW, ASKOLD MELNYCZUK, DZVINIA ORLOWSKY and MARIA REWAKOWICZ will share their personal recollections of the poet and commemorate his life through readings of his poetry, as well as excerpts from their own works.

Friday and Saturday, December 8-9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Fire & Frost: Yara’s Winter Festival

The Ukrainian Museum and Yara Arts Group present "Fire & Frost: Yara's Winter Festival," an evening of new poetry, film, music, dance, projections, performances and puppets. Participating artists: Marina Celander, Sashko Danylenko, Tjasa Ferme, Petra Gelbart, Bob Holman, Olena Jennings, Waldemart Klyuzko, Julian Kytasty, Evgeny Maloletka, Margaret Morton, Andrea Odezhynska, Wanda Phipps, Maria Rewakowicz, Virlana Tkacz, Lindsey Wilson

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
"Counting Sheep" Panel Discussion

Journalist Simon Ostrovsky of CNN joins Ukrainian-Canadian musician Mark Marczyk and Ukrainian singer Marichka Marczyk in a discussion about "Counting Sheep," an award-winning guerrilla folk opera about the EuroMaidan and Revolution of Dignity. The Marczyks are the stars and creators of the critically acclaimed show, which has had runs run in Toronto and Edinburgh, where it won a major award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The discussion will include a live performance of music from the show.

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
The Ukrainian Museum and Bandura Downtown present
Out of the Studio: Process and Practice
An evening of current work by performing composers, choreographers, video artists, and a luthier, presented in conjunction with the exhibit "CIM." (Artwork in the image by Marko Shuhan; photo of Katja Kolcio dancing)

Katja Kolcio and Oksana Kazmina (dance and interactive video)
Solomiya Moroz (flute, video, electronics)
Jurij Fedynskyj (historical instruments: kobza, bandura, torban)
Julian Kytasty (kharkiv bandura)

JURIJ FEDYNSKYJ Ukrainian-American composer, torbanist, bandurist and singer-songwriter, producer, bandleader, luthier, cultural activist and pedagogue; he performs on the kobza, torban and traditional bandura. Fedynskyj was born in the USA, but moved permanently to his ancestral Kyiv, (Ukraine) after the break-up of the USSR, specifically to pursue a career in Ukrainian folklore. He studied piano under Henry Doskiy and bandura under Julian Kytasty. He is one of the founding members of the Experimental Bandura Trio, together with Julian Kytasty and Michael Andrec. Fedynsky is a luthier of such instruments as kobza, bandura, torban, hurdy-gurdy. He founded a guild of makers and performers in the village of Kryachkivka.

OKSANA KAZMINA is a film director, visual artist, and performer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Ivan Franko Lviv National University, the Faculty of TV-Directing at Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National Theater, Film and Television University, and Moving Academy for Performing Arts-Amsterdam. Oksana explored different movement techniques such as butoh, contemporary dance, instant composing , body mind centering. Oksana is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, USA, 2016.

KATJA KOLCIO, PH.D. is Associate Professor of Dance, and the College of the Environment at Wesleyan University. Her work with Julian Kytasty bridges traditional and contemporary Ukrainian arts. Her current research focuses on the current social and political change in Ukraine.

JULIAN KYTASTY is an American composer, singer, kobzar, bandurist, flute player and conductor of Ukrainian descent. His first studies were in the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, in which his father, uncles and grandfather played in and conducted before him. He is the founder of the New York Bandura Ensemble and "Bandura Downtown", and began a career as a solo artist and bandura teacher that has taken him all over the world. Julian Kytasty holds a Masters degree in music (Composition, Theory and Voice) from Concordia University in Montreal (his undergraduate studies were in military history). He is the author of original compositions and arrangements that have entered the standard repertoire of bandurists around the world. He has been described as "the finest representative of the kobzar tradition in the Western Hemisphere". He has been a guest lecturer at many universities including Yale, Harvard, Wesleyan, and the University of California.

SOLOMIYA MOROZ is a Canadian artist based in the UK, pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of Huddersfield. Moroz is interested in the hybrid forms of sound in mixed, electronic and instrumental music. Her work tends to progress towards the expansion of the music medium towards cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary media, while expanding the role of the musicians and artists within them.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Concert & Interview
Traditional Music of the Crimean Tatars

LENUR MAMUTOV (percussion)
and an interview by PETE RUSHEFSKY (CTMD: Center for Traditional Music and Dance)

Presented by Center for Traditional Music and Dance, The Ukrainian Museum, Traditional Crossroads and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage

Join us for an evening celebrating one of New York City’s greatest under-the-radar cultural treasures - the exciting and enchanting traditional music of the local Crimean Tatar community, featuring violin virtuoso Nariman Asanov accompanied by accordionist Patrick Farrell. Additionally, Pete Rushefsky of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance will interview the performers about the music and its place in the local Crimean community.

Nariman Asanov (violin) was born in Almalik, Uzbekistan in 1973, the child of community activists who survived the Soviet’s mass deportation of Crimean Tatars to Central Asia in 1944. Growing up in a large community-in-exile, he was inspired by a local village fiddler, as well as the late Enver Sherfedinov, a leading Crimean Rom violinist who frequently played on Uzbek television. In 1988, Asanov's family was able to return to Crimea, and he enrolled in the Tchaikovsky Music College in Simferopol, now the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine. While there, Asanov became one of the first members of Ali Alimov’s Uchan-su Folk Ensemble, which takes its name from a famous waterfall near Yalta. Uchan-su toured the US in 1991 and in 1994, and at the end of the second visit Asanov decided to stay. He enrolled in the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase and graduated with a degree in violin performance. Leading a band composed of a number of émigré alumni of Uchan-su and the Efsane Ensemble, Asanov performs frequently for events at the American Association of Crimean Turks in Boro Park, Brooklyn, as well as at weddings and other family celebrations in the community. Asanov has been a featured artist of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance for several years, performing at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University and The United Nations.

Patrick Farrell is an accordionist, composer and bandleader currently based in Berlin, Germany. Called a player of “mordant wit and blistering speed” by NY Music Daily, he is consistently involved in many different musical worlds and genres. His current projects include the Yiddish Art Trio with Michael Winograd and Benjy Fox-Rosen, unique and unusual duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes, new Yiddish song duets with Berlin-based soprano Sveta Kundish, chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, and the Pakistani/Brooklyn cross-cultural group Sandaraa. He plays in Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express, and has also worked as a composer, music director and accompanist for various theater and dance ensembles. Farrell has appeared on over 45 recordings, including with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Adrienne Cooper, and Never Enough Hope. He has studied accordion in Macedonia, Serbia, Germany and Romania, and has played in clubs, concert halls, streets, and serenades all over North America and Europe. He can be found at www.pattysounds.com

Lenur Mamutov (percussion) is a leading musician in the New York Crimean community who is highly in-demand for community events and concerts by the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble.

For a preview of the music go to http://www.ctmd.org/crimeantatar.htm

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry & Performance
Serhiy Zhadan and Friends
featuring jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin

Serhiy will read with jazz musician FIMA CHUPAKHIN on piano. Zhadan will be reading his work in Ukrainian while Yara artists will read their translations in English. Come hear MARINA CELANDER and SEAN EDEN perform Zhadan poems with JULIAN KYTASTY.

Join us to hear some of the most exciting poetry from Ukraine today!

SERHIY ZHADAN was born in Luhansk Region, today the scene of the crisis in Ukraine and now lives in Kharkiv. He is the most popular writer of the post-independence generation in Ukraine. His poetry spans the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the recent social upheavals and the war on Ukraine’s eastern border. Zhadan is the author of many poetry collections, including the recent "Templars," and "Life of Maria," as well as the award-winning novels "Mesopotamia" and "Voroshilovgrad." His work has been translated into English, German, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Byelorussian, Russian and Armenian. Zhadan is also a musician, since 2007 the front man for the rock group "Dogs in Space." He works with various multimedia projects and has collaborated with Yara Arts Group from La MaMa Experimental Theatre on "Tychyna, Zhadan and the Dogs," "Hitting Bedrock" and "Underground Dreams."

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Poetry evening
PIaT': 5 poets whose parents were seagulls

Poetry evening in conjunction with the current exhibition CIM
works by seven contemporary Ukrainian American artists,
and National Poetry Month (@NationalPoetryMonths).
Readings in English.

ROMAN BE: I was asked to submit a bio and realized that I couldn't be less interested in promoting myself. I have some words and ideas to share; and if you walk away considering my ideas, while forgetting me, that would be wonderful ...

Once a longtime native of New York City, LILA DLABOHA now lives in the Hudson River Valley region and is glad not to be knee deep in sidewalk any longer. Her poems have appeared in Andre Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse, Tangerine, La Carta de Oliver (Buenos Aires), the Little Magazine, Nexus, Lungfull, among other publications.  During the 1980s she served on the editorial board of the Little Magazine, a nationally distributed literary quarterly.

OLENA JENNINGS’s collection of poetry Songs from an Apartment was released in January by Underground Books.  Her translations of poetry from Ukrainian can be found in Chelsea, Poetry International, and Wolf.  She has published fiction in Joyland, Pioneertown, and Projecttile. She completed her MFA in writing at Columbia and her MA focusing in Ukrainian literature at the University of Alberta. 

STASH LUCZKIW is a poet, novelist, translator and journalist. He works as the editor of Longitude, an English-language magazine of international affairs published in Rome, Italy. His most recent book of poems is Selah, and he has also co-written the book Captured by History: the True Story of a Combat Photographer’s Abduction, due out in October 2017. Born in New York City, he now lives in Italy.

VIRLANA TKACZ heads the Yara Arts Group and has directed thirty original shows at La MaMa Theatre in New York, as well as in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Bishkek, Ulaanbaatar and Ulan Ude. She has written award winning books on the Hutsul Koliada and Buryat shaman rituals, created museum exhibits and received an NEA Poetry Translation Fellowship for her translations with Wanda Phipps of Serhiy Zhadan’s poetry. www.brama.com/yara


Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7 pm
FOREIGN LAND: Hryhory Kytasty, His Music, and His Time
with Julian Kytasty

Join us at 7 p.m. for the concert "Foreign Land: Hryhory Kytasty, His Music, and His Time," which will mark the 110th birthday of bandurist Hryhory Kytasty, a composer, performer, conductor, and teacher who shaped the development of the bandura in the twentieth century and gave the instrument a new life in North America. Bandura Downtown artistic director Julian Kytasty will share some of the stories and a lot of the music, including rarely performed pieces passed down through family tradition.

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Mariana Sadovska
with Julian Kytasty and Yara Arts Group

Limited seating! Online tickets $25 /$20 seniors & students at Eventbrite

Mariana Sadovska sings folk songs from the Donetsk region of Ukraine and her own composition to poems by Serhiy Zhadan and Lyuba Yakimchuk.
Directed by Virlana Tkacz; projections by Waldemart Klyuzko.

This fall Mariana Sadovska traveled with Yara artists to the villages of Donetsk Region near Volnovakha, where they recorded Ukrainian folk songs, witnessed the ritual of the dressing of the bride and the making of a korovay wedding cake. The vitality of the ancient songs they recorded stands in harsh contrast to the reality of the War that the villagers experience. This juxtaposition is presented in "The Night is Just Beginning" through the songs Mariana composed based on the poetry of Serhiy Zhadan and Lyuba Yakimchuk. Julian Kytasty will be joining Mariana Sadovska on stage, singing and performing on the bandura, a traditional Ukrainian instrument.

Since the early 1990s Mariana Sadovska has traveled to the villages of Ukraine collecting ancient ritual songs. She sings archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and emigrant chants and also creates her own compositions that blend traditional music with unique innovative approaches. The New York Times wrote: "Her voice holds the clarity and bite of Slavic folk styles; her stage presence has the bright-eyed intensity of Björk." Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Mariana Sadovska trained as a classical pianist at Lviv's National Music Academy and joined the Les' Kurbas Theatre, one of Ukraine's leading theater companies. She worked with Yara Arts Group on In the Light (1991), Song Tree (2000) and Kupala (2002), as well as numerous Yara festivals and Kupala events in the Gardens of New York.

Both writers are from Luhansk Region today the scene of the crisis in Ukraine. Serhiy Zhadan is the most popular writer in Ukraine today. His work speaks to the disillusionment, difficulties and ironies of life. His readings fill large auditoriums and he fronts the Kharkiv rock group – the Dogs. Zhadan was born in Starobilsk, and lives in Kharkiv. He often travels to the frontlines and performs throughout eastern Ukraine. He has worked with Yara Arts Group since 2002, and appears in Yara new show 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan and the Dogs.

Lyuba Yakimchuk is a poet, screenwriter and journalist. She is the author of the poetry collections Apricots of Donbas (2015) and Like FASHION (2009) and also works with musicians. She lives in Kyiv, but was born in Pervomaysk in the Luhansk region.

"The Night is Just Beginning" is directed by Virlana Tkacz, the artistic director of Yara Arts Group, a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York. Since 1990 she has created over 30 original theatre pieces which draw on the traditions and cultures of the East -Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Buryat Republic in Siberia and Japan. The issues Yara's show raise are relevant today and help us re-view our own lives and relationship to the past. Together with Wanda Phipps, Virlana has been translating the poetry of Serhiy Zhadan and received awards for this from the NEA and NYSCA.

Projections are by Waldemart Klyuzko, who was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Yara's Raven. He traveled Yara's research expedition with war photographer Evgeniy Maloletka to Volnovakha this fall.

November 19, 2016 at 7 pm

The Ukrainian Museum presents Bandura Downtown’s new instrumental music from Ukrainian New York, featuring ROMAN TUROVSKY (baroque lute), JULIAN KYTASTY (bandura), and ALEX PRYRODNY (piano), each performing their own original compositions and improvisations. The evening is organized in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition In Metal, On Paper: Coins, Banknotes, and Postage Stamps of Independent Ukraine, 1991-2016.

June 4, 2016 at 7 pm
Stefan Szkafarowsky
in Concert

Stefan Szkafarowsky, bass, star of The Metropolitan Opera, will perform music by M. Lysenko, Cole Porter, Rossini, I. Sonevytsky, Verdi and others.
Accompanist: Laryssa Krupa, piano

May 21, 2016 at 8 pm
Bandura without Borders

This concert is a showcase of bandura as a versatile instrument. Bandura has traditionally been played as an accompaniment for the voice; however, we want to demonstrate that the bandura can have a voice of its own. It has melody, varying timbre, a beautiful dynamic range and can communicate a great degree of emotion, sentiment and imagery. By omitting vocals from tonight’s repertoire and spanning diverse genres, we will showcase the possibilities of the modern bandura, which can be appreciated by an international audience.
Performers: Borys Ostapienko, Oleksander Petlura, Ivan Dusanowskyj, and Orest Chornomaz from Toronto, Canada.
This event was co-presented by The Ukrainian Museum with "Bandura Downtown."

April 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Poetry and Performance
with Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine) and Yara Arts Group

Zhadan will read from his newest work, Yara artists will perform his poetry in English translations by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps.

February 13, 2016 at 7 pm
Expanding Traditions
a musical evening in conjunction with the exhibition The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists, 1908-2015

The debut performance by the WOMEN’S BANDURA ENSEMBLE of North America - East Coast group, this event was co-presented by The Ukrainian Museum with "Bandura Downtown."

December 5, 2015 at 7 PM
December 6, 2015 at 2 PM
Concert: Yara Arts Group's "KOLIADA: Winter Songs and Music from the Carpathians!
with the Koliadnyky from Kryvorivnia

Featuring koliadnyky Ivan Zelenchuk and Mykola Zelenchuk, troista musicians Mykola Ilyuk, Vasyl Tymchuk, and Ostap Kostyuk, and special guest bandurist JULIAN KYTASTY.

November 6, 2015 at 7 PM
"Alienation: Multiculturalism, Migration and Bilingualism"

A poetry reading by
Vasyl Makhno, Uljana Wolf, and Vasyl Lozynskyi
Readings in English, Ukrainian and German languages

This reading is all about multiculturalism, migration and bilingualism.

Uljana Wolf will read from her books "false friends. A DICHtionary" (UDP, Brooklyn, 2011) and "meine schönste lengevich" (Berlin, kookbooks, 2013), in German with Ukrainian and English translations.

Vasyl Lozynskyi will read his new poems in the Ukrainian language, which refer to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and on Kyiv‘s Maidan, and reflections about escapism.

Vasyl Makhno will read his poems from „Winter Letters" (Spuyten Duyvil, 2011) and „Bicycle" (Ternopil, Krok, 2015) about the multiethnic towns of his birthplace in Ukraine and his multicultural experiences in New York.

June 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Concert/lecture: "Jewish Musical Traditions in Ukraine and the Development of the 'Nightsongs' Project" with Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty

Join us at 7:30 pm for a lecture/performance "Jewish Musical Traditions in Ukraine and the Development of the 'Nightsongs' Project" with Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty. The artists combine talk, music, and video in this Bandura Downtown special presentation, bringing their audience into the process of their twenty year collaboration leading to the release of their new CD "Nightsongs From a Neighboring Village: Ballads of the Ukrainian and Yiddish Heartland."

Michael Alpert: voice, violin, guitar, accordion Julian Kytasty: vocals, banduras, sopilka (wooden flute)

The music of Night Songs is the expression of two lives spent exploring the what-might-have-beens of musical cultures left in fragments in the aftermath of the twentieth century totalitarian psychosis. From their first day of conversation and music-making, Michael and Julian realized that they had followed similar paths, making their individual musics from bits and pieces they picked up along the way - from old recordings, their own research, and their teachers and surviving tradition-bearers - always striving to strike a balance between recreating the old and creating new, living art. Together, they have let their musical traditions have their own long-overdue conversation and perhaps find unexpected parallels and counterpoints.

Order tickets in advance online. Admission (includes reception): $15; $10 – members, seniors, students

June 6, 2015 at 6 PM and 8 PM

Julian Kytasty, NY Bandura/Bandura Downtown musical director, will be performing live on the bandura! Meet producer/director, Orest Sushko, who is flying to New York to present his film in person.

6 pm show: $15 ($12 for members)
8 pm show: $20 ($18 for members), includes reception

May 30, 2015 at 7 PM
Benefit Concert with the Shelest Piano Duo

The Ukrainian Museum and UNWLA Branch 113 present the 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert celebrating the Museum’s 2005 move to its new location.

The Shelest Piano Duo, husband and wife team Dmitri and Anna, will perform works by Mykola Lysenko, Myroslav Skoryk, George Gershwin, and Oleksandr Zhuk.

Admission, which includes gallery access and a reception after the performance, is $25. Limited seating! Order tickets in advance online.

May 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Four Poets: The Continuity of Modernistic Traditions of Ukrainian Poetry

Readings by: Yuri Tarnawsky • Vasyl Makhno • Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko • Taras Malkovych
Poetry in Ukrainian. Admission (includes reception): $15; $10 – members, seniors; $5 – students

May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Acoustic Mini-Concert by "Yeezhak"

Presentation by Dr. Mark Andryczyk of his monograph "The Intellectual As Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction" (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and its Ukrainian-language translation "Intelektual iak heroi ukrains'koi prozy 90-x rokiv XX stolittia" (Piramida, 2014). The presentation will be followed by a short musical performance by Yeezhak (Mark Andryczyk, Yaryna Yakubyak), of songs composed to poems written by Ukrainian writers focused on in the monograph.
Admission (includes reception): $15; $10 – members, seniors; $5 – students

April 25, 2015 at 7 PM
Chornobyl Songs Project Concert

Ethnomusicologist/singer Maria Sonevytsky (Bard College) and ensemble "Hilka" performing the polyphonic village singing styles of Ukraine's Chornobyl region. The Yara Arts Group will join the performance, as will the Veveritse Brass Band playing dance music inspired by the Romani bands of the Balkans. Co-sponsored by Yara, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and The Ukrainian Museum. Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

March 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Serhiy Zhadan: "Kharkiv-Mesopotamia"

Meet Ukrainian poet and novelist Serhiy Zhadan! Bi-lingual (Ukr/Eng) program also featuring Yara Arts Group, Virlana Tkacz, Wanda Phipps, Bob Holman, Myroslav Shkandrij.

This event caps off the 2-day conference KHARKIV-CITY OF UKRAINIAN CULTURE, International Conference in Honor of Yuri Shevelov (Thursday, March 12, 2015 to Friday, March 13, 2015) at the Harriman Institute / Columbia University.

Review of Zhadan's Mesopotamia by Peter Pomerantsev: 4 March 2014, "Ukraine’s Mesopotamia" [Book by Serhiy Zhadan], London Review of Books:

Article about Serhiy Zhadan BY SALLY MCGRANE, 8 March 2014, "The Abuse of Ukraine’s Best-Known Poet," The New Yorker

FREE admission.

January 30, 2015 at 7 PM
Concert: Yara at 25

Join us at 7 p.m. for a special concert in conjunction with the exhibition Yara at 25. Yara actors will perform poetry from the shows in their signature style, interweaving the original text with its translation, the two languages entering into dialogue with each other. Julian Kytasty, Musical Director of NYBandura, will perform works from Yara's shows with other musicians. Wanda Phipps, poet and Yara's dramaturg, will read her own works. Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

December 12, 2014, 7 p.m.
Concert with Solomia Soroka, violin, and Arthur Greene, piano

Concert with Solomia Soroka, violin, and Arthur Greene, piano, will perform a program of classical works.

In the program:
Franz Schubert
Mykola Lysenko
Frédéric Chopin
Maksym Berezovsky
Johannes Brahms
William Grant Still

The duo will perform Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko’s "Elegy," a piece commemorating Taras Shevchenko’s death.

Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

December 6, 2014, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Two concerts!)
Koliada and Music from the Carpathians

The Koliadnyky are a group of five men from the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine who sing traditional winter songs from the village of Kryvorivnia. The event will also feature the brilliant "troista" instrumental music from the Carpathians. We are excited that for the first time, Crimean Tatar musicians will be joining the Koliadnyky as special guests along with bandurist Julian Kytasty.

The Koliada is a winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas, but long pre-dates it in some parts of Eastern Europe. High in the Carpathian Mountains, in the Hutsul villages where the oldest songs are preserved, Koliada is considered to be the most important event of the year. Groups of male singers visit each family and sing ancient songs that are believed to hold special powers. According to tradition spring and the harvest will not come unless the songs are sung in every household.

Julian Kytasty is a third-generation bandurist. His music combines a mastery of traditional styles with a distinctly contemporary sensibility. He lives in New York, and his collaborators include artists as diverse as Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Mongolian master musician Battuvshin, performance poet Bob Holman, pioneering klezmer revivalist Michael Alpert and composer/saxophonist John Zorn. He has worked with Yara since 1998 performing in such productions as Scythian Stones, Raven, Midwinter Night and Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine.

Instruments played by the Koliadnyky include: trembita - (Carpathian mountain horn) made of hollowed pine tree that has been struck by lightning and wrapped in birch bark. Trembitas are used primarily in the mountain pastures. In the villages they are only used during the koliada and at funerals. Fiddle -- played in the Carpathian style. The musicians also play duda -- (bag pipe) made from a goat and tsymbaly -- (hammer dulcimer) and a variety of hand-made Carpathian flutes, including the tylynka. Yara has produced a CD Koliada: Winter Songs and Music from the Carpathians. For photos and a sample go to: Instumental from the Koliada CD

November 20, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Poetry Café

An evening of poetry and music featuring Vasyl Makhno, Alexander Motyl, and other writers, poets, and musicians. FREE with Museum admission.*

November 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano, Natalia Khoma, cello, performing J. S. Bach, F. Chopin, D. Popper, P. Tchaikovsky and B. Smetana. Proceeds in support of special exhibitions on the current situation in Ukraine. Mr. Vynnytsky will be playing a Steinway grand piano generously donated by Jaroslaw and Alla Leshko. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access): $25; Museum members: $20.

November 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.
"’Fight and you shall overcome!’ Shevchenko as Revolutionary in Today’s Ukraine."

An evening of poetry, music, and images dedicated to Ukraine’s ongoing struggle for freedom and depicting the revolutionary, militant side of Taras Shevchenko. In Ukrainian and English. Readings by Vasyl Makhno and Alexander Motyl; visuals by Vasyl Lopukh. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

October 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Concert with film: "Shevchenko’s Sources. 2014"

Bandura Downtown artistic director Julian Kytasty will present music and images from the upcoming film "Dzherela Shevchenka 2014," which chronicles a musician’s journey in the troubled late summer of 2014 through landscapes and sites associated with Taras Shevchenko. He will be joined by Kyiv poet Taras Malkovych, who will present a selection of new texts and video by young Ukrainian poets who address the same sources and themes, and dancer Inka Juslin will provide "translation in movement" to complement English translations prepared especially for this performance. Interpretive dance by Inka Juslin. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

October 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance and Reading of Shevchenko’s Finest Poetic Works

Ivan Bernatsky, Artistic Director of Ukrainian Studio of Drama in New York, will present a rendition of Shevchenko works in Ukrainian. Keynote presentation by a special guest from Ukraine. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

October 23, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Shevchenko Poetry Slam!

Audience members read, perform, or orate their favorite Shevchenko poems in Ukrainian, English, or any other language. Alexander Motyl will emcee. FREE with Museum admission.*

October 19, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Jazz Concert: Puzzles of Eternity

Puzzles of Eternity
Two Violins & Natalia Lebedeva Trio

"Puzzles of Eternity" is an international initiative under the patronage of Maryna Poroshenko, the First Lady of Ukraine, which unites Two Geniuses and Two Treasures: the "Bach Archive" of sheet music (Kyiv) with unique Baroque sculptures made of wood and 3D frescoes from the "Pinzel Museum" (Lviv). Musicians, painters, researchers, philanthropists present a series of charity concerts and visual performances with a view to salvaging rare collections and breathing a new life into them.

Two young violinists that perform jazz arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s works to a video showcasing Jogann Georg Pinzel’s creations epitomize the identity of the "Puzzles of Eternity" Project.

Two Violins
Illia Bondarenko, violin
Tetiana Zhmendak, violin

Natalia Lebedeva Trio
Natalia Lebedeva, piano
Kostiantyn Ionenko, bass
Pavlo Galitskyi, drums

See the video:

Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors, students, Museum members.

June 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Join us for "In Our Time," the final Bandura Downtown concert of the 2013-2014 season presented by New York Bandura and The Ukrainian Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Artist, Icon.

Musical director Julian Kytasty will be joined by Bandura Downtown regulars – singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Alpert, dancer Inka Juslin, and lutenist Roman Turovsky – and other special guests to perform new work and revisit old songs that have gained fresh meaning from the tumultuous events of the last six months in Ukraine.


May 18, 2014
Dark Night Bright Stars: in concert

The Ukrainian Museum and Yara Arts Group will present the new theatre piece "Dark Night Bright Stars: in concert," conceived and directed by Virlana Tkacz. The show returns to New York after its tour to Odesa, Lviv and Kyiv. In 1858 the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was set free after 10 years imprisonment. He met the great African American actor Ira Aldridge and drew his portrait. Admission (includes reception and gallery access): $20; members – 10% discount. Tickets available at the door one hour before the show.

February 1, 2014
Borys Ostapienko and His Bandura

The NY debut of an impressive young virtuoso bandurist, Borys Ostapienko. In 2013, twenty year old Ostapienko took first place at the Mykola Lysenko Music Competition in Kyiv, the first North American bandurist to win a major competition in Ukraine. He will perform an all-instrumental program featuring both the more common Kyiv style of playing and the much less common Kharkiv style.

The concert is organized with The Ukrainian Museum as part of the Bandura Downtown series and curated by Julian Kytasty, who will introduce the gifted young musician.

December 7, 2013
Christmas Concert with Chorus "DUMKA"

This eagerly awaited annual tradition featured New York's Dumka Chorus, under the direction of Maestro Vasyl Hrechynsky, performing secular and spiritual holiday songs and carols. The program included both traditional favorites and new arrangements that are sure to become favorites!

October 26, 2013
"Songs of Truth: The Art of the Kobzari"

In conjunction with the exhibition Give Up Your Daily Bread … Holodomor: the Totalitarian Solution, the Museum will host the concert "Songs of Truth: The Art of the Kobzari," a tribute to the art of Ukraine's blind epic singers.

Third-generation bandura player and New York Bandura Ensemble musical director Julian Kytasty will draw on a lifetime of study to present the full spectrum of the kobzar repertoire: ancient epics and laments, humorous burlesques, religious and moralistic songs, sparkling instrumental dance tunes, and songs of social commentary. The concert will be a rare opportunity to experience a tradition largely destroyed in the Holodomor and the Stalinist repressions of the 1930s.

October 12, 2013
"A Literary Evening"

An evening of poetry by Vasyl Makhno, Gloria Mindock, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Dmytro Pavlychko (presented by Gloria Mindock); prose by Genia Blum, Askold Melnyczuk, and Alexander Motyl; and a special "Letters" segment featuring Miki Fedun and Anatoly Antonovitch Orlowskyj (presented by Maria Chicha Sestina). The program will be in English, with a few Ukrainian readings, and the authors' books will be available for sale and signing.

June 1, 2013
Sounds Out of Tradition

An evening of truly new sounds coming out of the deepest layers of Ukrainian musical tradition. In this concert ‒ another in what has become a series of exhibition-inspired performances ‒ NY Bandura music director Julian Kytasty (bandura, voice) teams up with Alla Zagaykevich (electronics, computer, voice). Alla is flying in from Ukraine, and will be performing courtesy of the Yara Arts Group, with whom she will be working this summer.

March 23, 2013
Animated Art

Animation, original music, and movement inspired by works from the Museum’s permanent collections and past exhibits. NY Bandura music director Julian Kytasty collaborates with animator and video artist Mikhail Shraga, dancer/choreographer Inka Juslin, jazz composer/saxophonist Charlie Waters, and guitarist Ugene Romashov in a follow-up to last season’s acclaimed "Kilims and Constructions."

December 8, 2012 and
December 9, 2012
Hutsul Koliada and Music

Another popular annual tradition comes to life at the Museum on Saturday evening, December 8, and Sunday afternoon, December 9, when the Yara Arts Group is joined by Hutsul singers and musicians from the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine for a performance of festive holiday songs, "Hutsul Koliada and Music from the Carpathians." Join in the revelry, capture the spirit, and set the mood for the holidays!

December 1, 2012
Ukrainian Wave All-Star Gala

The "Ukrainian Wave All-Star Gala Concert and Dance Party" on Saturday, December 1, features all your favorite performers from the past five years of concerts organized in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Ukrainian Wave, and NYBandura/Bandura Downtown.

October 27, 2012
Memory Songs: A Dialogue of Traditions

A special evening filled with tradition and musical mastery: the first musical encounter between two of New York's most unique performers and two of the world's great epic song traditions. "Memory Songs: A Dialogue of Traditions" is a collaboration between Julian Kytasty on bandura and Alhaji Papa Susso on the kora. These two artists, master players of their instruments, are virtuosos of the world's great sung poetry traditions ‒ the historical epics of the Ukrainian kobzari and the centuries-old praise songs of the West African "griots." In June of this year, Papa Susso and Julian Kytasty received New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships in Traditional Arts ‒ the first time that Fellowships were awarded in this category. The idea for this performance juxtaposing the core repertoire of their respective traditions came out of their first meeting at the NYFA awards ceremonies. "Memory Songs" will be introduced by poet Bob Holman, a frequent collaborator with both artists. Bob Holman is the founder of the Bowery Poetry Club and of the Endangered Languages Alliance and host of the upcoming PBS special Word Up! Language Matters with Bob Holman. The concert was organized and is sponsored by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Ukrainian Wave, and the New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown, the latter under the direction of Julian Kytasty.

June 1, 2012
Nights in Banduristan: New Music and Old Songs

Bandura Downtown concert showcasing artistic director Julian Kytasty's latest solo work and celebrating six full seasons of Bandura Downtown performances at The Ukrainian Museum. Joining Julian on stage for "A Night in Banduristan" were musicians Roman Turovsky, Michael Alpert, and Alex Maksymiw.

March 31, 2012
Concert: "Kilims and Constructions"

And now for something completely different: "Kilims and Constructions," a multimedia performance that complements the Museum's current exhibitions, Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage and Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931. Presented by the Ukrainian Wave Community Cultural Initiative of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, in partnership with the New York Bandura Ensemble, Bandura Downtown, and the Museum, this unique event features bandurist/singer Julian Kytasty and the Black Square Ensemble in a program of musical compositions and improvisations intertwined with video projections, movement, and text. Joining Kytasty in the Black Square Ensemble are Colette Alexander (cello), Inka Juslin (dance), Alexander Maksymiw (guitar), Solomiya Moroz (flute), and Mikhail Shraga (video/animation).

December 2, 2011
Chornobyl Songs Project: Living Culture from a Lost World

Folk songs and ballads collected by Ukrainian ethnomusicologist Yevhen Yefremov from the Chornobyl zone before the nuclear disaster, revived and reinterpreted in New York by Hilka, a new group of singers brought together by Maria Sonevytsky and Dr. Yefremov, were performed at this concert by Hilka together with Ukrainian Women's Voices and other special guests.

October 22, 2011
After the Wedding: Ballads of Marital Mayhem

Bandura Downtown (featuring Julian Kytasty) and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance join the Museum in presenting this lighthearted look at love "after the wedding." It's musical matrimonial mayhem, so be sure to bring your sense of humor!

April 1, 2011
Victor Morozov in Concert

The legendary Victor Morozov, a nonconformist cultural figure in Soviet Ukraine and major recording artist in Ukraine today, will perform at The Ukrainian Museum on Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. (free admission; limited seating, so come early!).

Morozov is one of Ukraine's most popular singer/songwriters. His distinctive voice, together with his proficiency on the guitar, has made him a favorite of fans both in Ukraine and abroad. Morozov's talent and mastery of song are evident in the memorable original melodies he sets to poetry by some of Ukraine's best modern writers.

Aside from his music career, Morozov is also a highly regarded translator. He has translated into Ukrainian novels by Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist, Veronika Decides to Die, and The Devil and Miss Prym), as well as J.K.Rowling's popular Harry Potter series, among others.

The concert closes the Columbia University conference "Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory?" (March 30 ‒ April 1), which, 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, looks back at political and cultural nonconformism in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland from the 1960s to the 1980s. The conference is free and open to the public.


January 29, 2011
Ukrainian Women's Voices


Ukrainian-American singer Nadia Tarnawsky and the Ukrainian Women's Voices collective of New York-area Ukrainian and American singers thrilled an enthusiastic, appreciative, overflow crowd on January 29 with their lively program of folksongs and ballads relating to courtship and marriage, sung in traditional village singing style and Ukrainian folk polyphony (multi-part harmony). The event ‒ the fifth in the Ukrainian Women's Voices series ‒ was co-hosted by Julian Kytasty, the New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown, and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

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