Next Wednesday, October 2, I’ll be introducing the amazing Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha (who are on their first North American tour) at Boston University’s “Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series.” That evening, at 5 PM, I’ll be giving a talk (titled “Chornobyl Songs: ‘Nature’ After Nuclear Disaster”) as part of BU’s Musicology & Ethnomusicology Department colloquium series.
Torontonians should note that DakhaBrakha will also be in town as part of the Small World Music Festival on October 6th at Revival Bar. At noon on that day, the Kosa Kolektiv will be hosting an intimate masterclass with the members of DakhaBrakha at St. Vladimir’s Institute – definitely worth checking out.
My dear friend Jenna Bean Veatch made this sweet video for my song, “Little Blue Jay.” (Bedroom recording by yours truly, with Franz Nicolay at the controls.) Jenna will be using part of it in her upcoming theater/dance piece with Nadia Tarnawsky, called “50 Heartbreaks (And I’m Still in Love with YOUkraine).” This is heartbreak #32.
I’ll be giving a little “intro to the Hutsuls” talk at Saint Vladimir’s Institute in Toronto this Saturday night, in tandem with an ongoing exhibition by the French photographer Youry Bilak. I’ve titled it, “Who Are the Hutsuls? From Dovbush to ‘Dyki Tantsi’.” This Saturday at 7 PM, free admission.
I’m honored to be featured in the inaugural issue of the Harriman Institute’s new magazine! You can read the entire interview with me here.
Introducing Lesia Natalia Sonevytsky Nicolay, born June 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM at my mother’s home in Arlington, Virginia. Weighing in at 6 lbs. 8 oz., 19 1/4 inches long. Born hollering, showing off her formidable pipes.
I’m so thrilled to make this news official: I’ve accepted a full-time position as an Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, but am deferring it for a year, during which I will be a Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies in 2013-14. So Franz, baby and I will be Canadians for 9 months, hopefully spending much of summer 2014 in Ukraine, and then relocating to upstate NY in late summer 2014, just about 2 hours north of NYC on the Hudson. Ecstatic about all of it.
We’re heading to Virginia for the summer, saying goodbye to our sweet strange little Brooklyn home of the last three years, and I’ve got a couple of shows/events lined up for our last weekend in the city:
Thursday, April 25 – Debutante Hour wil play at the swank Manderlay Bar at the McKittrick Hotel at 10 PM (530 W. 27th Street in Manhattan). This is supposed to be an awesome venue, and this will be the last time to hear us live for at least a few months.
Friday, April 26 – Zozulka sings at Columbia University for The Birch, Columbia’s undergrad journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. 7:30 PM. Free admission. Potluck House, 606 114th Street,New York, NY 10027.
Sunday, April 28 – I’ll be leading a singing workshop in Ukrainian lyrical songs for the Ukrainian Village Voices, no prior experience or knowledge of Ukrainian required. Location: All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church (206 East 11th St (btw 2nd and 3rd Aves) in Manhattan), 3-6 PM. Advance tickets are available at: http://villagesongs.brownpapertickets.com/
A few weeks ago, Eva Salina Primack, Willa Roberts and I recorded six Ukrainian songs. We got together, in a room in New Jersey, with microphones and a wonderful engineer. This Zozulka EP is the result, basically unadulterated. We’re selling it for $6 through Bandcamp, and it’s streaming there. Listen! Enjoy! Support!
I’m very pleased to announce that I will be delivering a lecture titled “Chornobyl Songs: ‘Nature’ After Nuclear Disaster” at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, on Friday, March 15th at 10 AM. The lecture is listed on the events calendar here and is open to the public.
That evening, Zozul’ka (Eva Salina Primack, Willa Roberts, and yours truly) will be presenting a concert of village songs from Polissia and Poltava, including some of the repertoire from the Chornobyl Songs Project. That event will take place at 6 PM in the Piano Room of the Hart House, also at the University of Toronto. Spread the word!
There are many exciting things on the immediate horizon. Here are the top three:
1. Zozulka will be singing from 8-8:30 PM in the Atrium at this bonanza of a Golden Festival next Saturday, January 19th at The Grand Prospect Hall, the most ostentatious Brooklyn hall of all.
2. I am very pleased to be leading a graduate seminar on “Musical Exoticisms of the Former Soviet Union” at Columbia University this spring semester, where I am a Jacyk Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harriman Institute. The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates (and recommended especially for students in Ethno/musicology, Anthropology, and Slavic Studies).
In this course, we explore musical discourses of “civilization” and “barbarism” with a focus on examples from Ukraine, Russia, and Central Asia. The historical scope of the class includes key moments since the 18th century through the present day: from Catherine II’s southward expansion into the territories of the Ukrainian Kozaks and the Crimean Khanate, through the era of romantic nationalism on the eastern borders of Austro-Hungary, through Soviet discourses of musical “progress,” to the changing social and political landscapes of music in the post-Soviet era, to modern political discourses of indigenous rights.
The course will meet once a week, on Thursdays from 10:10AM-12PM, starting on Jan. 24. Please contact me if you are interested in more information on the course. email@example.com
3. The Debutante Hour will make our grand return to Brooklyn on Thursday, February 7th at the coziest spot in town, Barbes. This show happens to fall on my birthday, and will feature mystery guest musicians, new songs, and possibly some baked goods.