Ukrainian Folk Festival 2023
Celebrating the 32nd Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence
Popstar Singer-Songwriter Iryna Lonchyna
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (Jenkintown,PA).
Photo courtesy of Christine Syzonenko
Efsane Crimean Tatar Ensemble:
Based in The Crimean Tatar Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, Efsane (“Crimean Legend”) was established as a youth ensemble in the year 2006. Initially a spin-off of the Ismail Gasprinskiy school for language and culture, Efsane has matured through three generations and flowered into a 40-member ensemble of Crimean Tatars interested in not only preserving, but also featuring and promoting their brilliant cultural heritage and history. The ensemble has performed in numerous culturally diverse concerts, shows and competitions: and festivals: Kirim Gecesi, (“Crimeam Night”); The Turkish Day Parade; The Zlata Usta Balkan festival; many Ukrainian festivals; Lincoln Center; Nevruz celebrations throughout the country; The Azerbaijani cultural association; New York Police festivals; Turkish Night at Yale University; and more. See them on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5xO72jBEbE&feature=youtu.be (Turkish Festival, Washington, DC, 2016)
Violinist Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo (Lviv, Ukraine) starting at the age of six, Innesa has studied violin with some of Europe’s greatest masters. She has fused the beauty, power and soul of traditional Ukrainian folk music with the classical string instrument - the violin. Her fresh, inventive style has gained critical acclaim from both classical and traditional music critics. Innesa has toured throughout Europe and North America. www.innesa.com.Violinist Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo (Lviv, Ukraine) starting at the age of six, Innesa has studied violin with some of Europe’s greatest masters. She has fused the beauty, power and soul of traditional Ukrainian folk music with the classical string instrument - the violin. Her fresh, inventive style has gained critical acclaim from both classical and traditional music critics. Innesa has toured throughout Europe and North America. www.innesa.com.
Photos Courtesy of Christine Syzonenko and Kathy Park Photography
Vox Ethnika Orchestra and Ariana Lem Joy Trio (New York City)
Their uniquely compositional approach to music has received wide recognition in the USA, Canada and Europe; its style of transforming East European folk music is influential. Vox Ethnika is the only band that performs all manner of Eastern European Folk and Pop music (Ukrainian, Lemko, Rusyn, Czech, Slovak, and Polish) set to unique modern arrangements. It also carries a wide, varied and rich repertoire of American and British music – from the twenties to contemporary top hits. Sample their music Here: https://soundcloud.com/ariana-lem-joy/oj-u-luzi-kalyna?fbclid=IwAR0wXLsXfJNfKzpiuFwqbSwCzR0y-z8gzpWbajtguBKlUHOS9e4pU9UoXLk (Oy U luzi Kalyna (Ariana Lem Joy Trio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTtnW-q8cgU Eneida (Vox Ethnika – on our stage);
Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble
Photo Courtesy of Carpathia
Living Ukrainian History Exhibitors, by Banner of Jasna Gora
Ferko Mummers String Band
"The Most Famous Mummer of Them All", the legendary "Dancing Captain" Joseph A. Ferko, founded the Ferko String Band in 1923, one hundred years ago. This musical fraternity is rich with Mummers’ tradition, history, artistry, music, dance, march, costuming and history. It has trumpeted the unique and spectacular tradition of Philadelphia Mummery throughout the United States and to manty parts of the world. With the richly talented Ukrainian American John ("Ivan") Wernega as its musical director, Ferko now has Ukrainian folk songs in its repertoire. A Ferko String Band performing group will wander through and play in the festival grove throughout the day and will kick off our opening ceremonies with a parade to the stage. See photos, view performances and listen to the legendary “Ferko Sound” here: https://www.ferkostringband.com/media