On May 18 2017, Kalendar went to stage for its first performance of ZEMLYA / EARTH ! It was a great success! And how grateful we are to all those who supported this event and made it such a memorable event! From our amazingly generous and inspired musical muse, Marichka Marczyk — to the technical support we got from Oksana Howrylak (stage and graphic design), Mark Marczyk (spirited violin, other earthy instruments, and so much more), Dina Levin (video and good good vibes), Marichka’s brother (who also worked on the video), William Porter (sound), Ellen (lighting), Katya Kudriavceva (brilliant ticket logistician) — to the financial support from the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, the Shevchenko Foundation, the Shevchenko Museum in Toronto (for rehearsal space), Toronto’s St.Vladimir Institute (for rehearsal and performance space!), all the wonderful audience who came to the show, and all those who helped us along the way – none of this could have happened without you! Though we tried, there are not enough words to express how such support has inspired the creative and unique experience we had that evening. It feeds our memories and drives us to develop ZEMLYA /EARTH so that we can share more of this incredibly powerful women’s tradition of Ukrainian polyphonic song.
Have a look at the teaser video created from video and audio footage of the premier:
And below, have a look at more media (Facebook posts) of this memorable evening – thanks to St Vladimir Institute and Anna Ha.
We also want to graciously acknowledge Andrew Timar of Whole Note who wrote a wonderful preview of our production in the May issue. Click the image to read the whole article, Timar’s articles are always informative and engaging.
Zemlya in Whole Note Magazine May 2017
July 21 -24 2016 is Capital Ukrainian Festival!
Only in its 2nd year, this is a super popular festival celebrating the life, joy and heritage of Ukrainian culture with music, dance, cuisine, drinks, artwork, crafts… All against the scenic backdrop of the Rideau Canal, in the heart of Ottawa!
KalynDar will be performing at 3 different times:
* Saturday July 23 6 PM on the Main Stage
* Sunday July 24 2:40 PM & 4:40 PM on the Main Stage
But the line up of performers and hands-on workshops is incredible, so visit the website for more info http://capitalukrainianfestival.com
The festival is FREE!! With free parking! And is located at
952 Green Valley Cres. Ottawa, ON
KalynDar Pre-Show for Dakhabrakha Sunday April 24 2:00 PM
Dakhabrakha Presentation of EARTH 3:00 PM
At the Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive, Toronto)
We are very excited to be performing a short set before Dakhabrakha performs their soundtrack to the 1930s silent film Earth, by Aleksandr Dovzhenko.
The singers in Dakhabrakha are masters of Ukrainian ridnyj holos. We consider them our mentors and whenever we can we study with them. The group, however, does not strictly perform traditional music. Rather it blends new world beats, jazz, and traditional musics in such a tasteful and truly innovative way! Their appeal goes far beyond Ukrainian or even Easter-European cultural limits. They are authentic representation of 21 century world music. Scroll to the bottom of this page and have a listen for yourself.
Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent film Earth (1930) has long been recognized — alongside Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein and The Man with a Camera by Dziga Vertov — as one of the great Soviet-era films. Experience its power with a score performed live by DakhaBrakha in this Toronto premiere! – See more at: https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/performing-arts/event/world-music-series-dakha-brakha-april-24-2016#sthash.LLuuJIQ7.dpuf
The new CD, ready for Koliada season, will be available December 22 2015!
Note these are only samples for promotional use and the sound quality is reduced. We are indebted to Jean Martin at the Farm in Toronto for co-producing, mixing and mastering.
Stay tuned, we’ll probably upload a few more samples over then next few weeks! And we’ll also let you know when and where you can grab copies of these!
Our sister organization, Kosa Kolektiv, is hosting their the 3rd Annual Winter Folk Fair, to be held at St. Vladimir Institute at 620 Spadina Ave, on Sunday, December 13th, 2015!
Winter Folk Fair is a full day event and community gathering featuring artisans, vendors, musicians and singers who have come together to share the holiday spirit!
KalynDar will be performing from 2:30-3:30 pm.
Along with us and other musicians entertaining throughout the day, their will also be an Artisan Market, Local Food, Singing Workshop, Crafting Workshop, Puppet Show, Art Gallery & Short Film Programme!
The fair is open to the public at 11 am to 5 pm.
$5 with Raffle Ticket
For more info visit the FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1512720465718170/