THURSDAY & FRIDAY
“That mesh of ancient and contemporary is DakhaBrakha’s mission. DakhaBrakha — which means give-take in old Ukrainian — has researched rural folk songs across Ukraine, then reshaped them: first as the house band for a theater company in Kiev, and now on the international circuit.” — The New York Times
“Ukrainian folkdrone Björkpunk quartet Dakhabrakha went into Bonnaroo as unknowns but ended up with one of the most receptive crowds of the weekend. They got cheers for mournful accordion and apocalyptic cello sawing. Animal noises and bird whistles and howls got the audience to return favor, turning the tent into a happy menagerie.” — Rolling Stone
“The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.” — NPR
“All that’s left to do is pick up our jaws from the ground, for DakhaBrakha’s diapasons and vocal ranges are second to none. And all I can do is convulse in the ecstatic rhythm of ‘Carpathian rap’.” — WNUR 89.3 FM
Ukrainian “ethno chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. With an astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range, combined with Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, they create a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.
DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director – Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances, and a visual element remains a strong part of their appeal.
Having experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, creating a bright, unique and unforgettable sound. Their goal is to open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring them to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world. Working at the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their music ranges from intimate to riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms and inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation”.
In March 2011 DakhaBrakha was discovered by Australian Womadelaide and began their ascent in the international music scene. They have since played more than 300 concerts and performances and have taken part in major international festivals throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and North America. Their January 2014 appearance at globalFEST topped nearly everyone’s list and put them on the radar of venues from major rock fests to performing arts centers.
DakhaBrakha is fond of collaborations, and has worked with with such international musicians as: Port Mone (By), Kimmo Pohjonen Cluster (Fi), Karl Frierson (DePhazz) (Ge), Steve Cooney (IRL), Inna Zhelannaya (Ru), Kievbass (UA), Djam (UA-Iran), and David Ingibaryan (Hu).
Marko Halanevych – vocals, darbuka, tabla, didjeridoo, accordion, trombone
Marko is the only representative of the Ukrainian countryside in the band. He was born in the village of Krushenivka, in the Vinnitskiy region, into a family of village intellectuals. He graduated with a degree in Ukrainian Philology, but went into the theatre, becoming an actor at the Centre of Contemporary Art “DAKH” before he accidentally found himself working with the band. Marko is fond of design – he creates the visual images of DakhaBrakha and also for the “DAKH” theatre where he continues to perform on stage as an actor.
Iryna Kovalenko – vocals, djembe, bass drums, accordion, percussion, bugay, zgaleyka, piano
Ira has played Ukrainian ethnic music since her early childhood and she ultimately graduated with a degree in Folklore. Ira is responsible for the “brass section” of the group, as she is quick to learn different musical instruments. She also performs at the “Dakh” theatre as an actress, and enjoys yoga, yachting, and rowing.
Olena Tsibulska – vocals, bass drums, percussion, garmoshka
Lena is one of the specialists at the Folklore department of the National University of Ukraine. When she has some time off, she works on preparing her Candidate’s dissertation about traditional Ukrainian wedding songs, and pursuing her hobbies of driving, sewing and interior design.
Nina Garenetska – vocals, cello, bass drum
Nina studied folklore at university and is a self-taught cellist. She is the most artistically open-minded member of the band and is always up for collaborating with other musicians. Nina is fond of travelling, photography, fancywork and adornment creation.