Ukrainian Village Voices is a culturally diverse group of folk singers in New York City, uniting members of the Ukrainian and the larger folk music communities.
UVV’s repertoire is constantly evolving and often focuses on seasonal celebrations, ritual songs, as well as lyrical music. They often sing songs recorded by
ethnomusicologists from the oldest dwellers of villages in Ukraine. These singers pay homage to the ancient spirit of these songs while also naturally bringing a unique North American feel to the music.
Since 2013, the ensemble has performed for a wide range of audiences in the United States and Canada. Venues have ranged from folk music and seasonal festivals to museums, theaters, libraries, community centers, and sidewalk, park, radio and webcast concerts. UVV has been featured at Brooklyn Folk Festival, Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, and Saint George Ukrainian Festival.
UVV organizes public vocal workshops led by accomplished singers, musicians, and scholars in the various folk traditions of Ukraine. Workshop leaders come from near and abroad, such as the world-renowned music and performance art group DakhaBrakha of Ukraine, and Mariana Sadovska of Germany. New York City residents have included Eva Salina (Ensemble Hilka), Julian Kytasty, Zhenya Lopatnik, Shelley Thomas (Black Sea Hotel), Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (Litvakus), Natalka Demchuk (Zernyatko), Petra Gelbart (Via Romen) and Brian Dolphin (Ukrainian Village Voices, Ensemble Hilka). Other workshop leaders have traveled from the New York State cities of New Paltz and Annandale-on-Hudson, far off Edinburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Chapel Hill, and both central and western Ukraine. They include: Michael Alpert, Maria Sonevytsky (Zozulka, Ensemble Hilka), Jurij Fedynskyj (Krachkivka village's Drevo), Alina Knyazikevych (Rozhanytsia, Kralytsia), Inna Kovtun (Rozhanytsia), Marichka Kudriavtseva (Bozhychi), Andriy Milavsky (Cheres), Ihor Perevertniuk (Kyiv's Drevo, Kralytsia, Krosna, Strila, Chornomortsi), Halyna Shepko (Korinya), Nadia Tarnawsky (Alchymeia), Iryna Voloshyna (Ladovytsi), and groups Rozhanytsia, Kosa Kolektiv, and the Koliadnyky from Kryvorivnia.
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