Sponsored - Opening Nights at Florida State University presents the Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 pm at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. By combining instruments such as a arbuka, djembe, bass drums, accordion, garmoshka and piano with vocals, the quartet creates Ukrainian “ethno chaos” – to create a world of unexpected new music.
At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, DakhaBrakha’s music is at first intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms and inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.”
After experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, creating a bright, unique and unforgettable sound. The quartet strives to help open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and bring them to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and throughout the world.
The band was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director, Vladyslav Troitskyi. His theatre work has left its mark on the band’s performances as their shows are always staged with a strong visual element that includes striking, culturally significant costumes.
Rolling Stone magazine listed DakhaBrakha as one of the “45 Best Things We Saw at Bonnaroo 2014.”
Band members include Marko Halanevych, Iryna Kovalenko , Olena Tsybulska and Nina Garenetska.
Watch DakhaBrakha on NPR’s Music Front Row: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=1a5ktK5xTkY
Tickets for this unique evening of world music are $25 and $35. Student tickets are $12 and $17. Tickets may be purchased at OpeningNights.FSU.edu or by calling 850-644-6500.