Ukrainian music group to perform at the Reser this month
Ukrainian music group DakhaBrakha will perform at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts on April 17 and April 18.
The quartet from Kyiv reflects on "sound and soul" to create something unique and unexpected. The group's website refers to the style as "ethnic chaos."
The name of the group, as derived from the Ukrainian language, means "give and take," which represents the group's philosophy and resiliency.
The April shows at the Reser are part of DakhaBrakha's ongoing tour. The group traveled through Europe before coming to the United States, and soon Beaverton, which is the band's only stop in Oregon.
Tickets for the show are on sale online, ranging between $35 and $45 for the 7:30 p.m. shows on Sunday and Monday.
Visitors can expect Ukrainian folk music with strong international influences. DakhaBrakha uses traditional Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian instruments and the members' impressive vocal ranges to create a "transnational" sound with Ukrainian roots.
The quartet has performed in over 30 countries, according to its website, and the group has won awards in Ukraine and internationally, including the Sergey Kuryokhin Grand Prix award for contemporary art.
The band also performed one of NPR's popular Tiny Desk Concerts in 2015.
The quartet includes Marko Halanevych, Iryna Kovalenko, Olena Tsybulska and Nina Garenetska, together with director and founder Vladyslav Troitskyi.
Each member sings and plays various other instruments, including drums and percussion instruments from around the world, accordion, piano, horns, string and wind instruments and more, like the Australian didgeridoo.
Theater director Troitskyi founded the band in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art. Inspiration from the theater influences the group's performances, and the band's website says the shows have never been staged without scenic effects.
DakhaBrakha has not been shy in speaking out against the war in Ukraine and Russia's invasion of the country. The group canceled its scheduled concerts in Ukraine but said it will "play concerts throughout the world to support Ukraine and raise money."
In a post on the site, the group said, "What we were afraid of, but were ready for, is happening. Vladimir Putin, Hitler of the 21st century, decided to conquer our land. … However, we believe in our victory, the victory of good over evil, light over Russian darkness, which wants to destroy the whole world."
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