Kobzaring the New World in San Diego (12/12/2018)

Where: La Jolla Recreation Center, Room 2 (615 Prospect Street La Jolla, CA 92037)
When: December 12, 2018 at 6 PM

Meet Jurij Fedynskyj – Ukrainian-American Ukrainian. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, he has repatriated to Ukraine. For the past twenty years, he has worked to resurrect the traditional kobzar tradition. The kobzari were wandering spiritual singers, who sang to the accompaniment of the kobza or bandura. For the past ten years, he has also worked to revive traditional music making of the torbanists on the Ukrainian baroque lute, called a torban. Both the kobzar and torbanist traditions were completely destroyed by the Sovietization of Ukraine around 1920-1930. The process of reviving such a loss meant researching historic instruments, learning the trade of instrument making, researching the repertoire played on these instruments, and mastering the instrumental and vocal techniques to perform traditonal reconstruction. Jurij presently teaches out of a small village in the Poltava region, Kryachkivka. He conducts private study in making and playing, as well as group folklore camps, and festivals all year round. The present project “Kobzaring the New World” is not a concert tour, but rather a “kobzar tour”, as the traditional kobzars would map out a route of travel, in which they would frequent certain villages and cities, kobzaring for the general public, as well as for particular leaders of the culture. Such was the kobzar’s profession. This tour is an attempt to realize the potential of the kobzars, toward the resurrection of a new Ukrainian nation.

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  • Folk Night For Ukraine

    When: Monday, July 18th at 6.30-9.00pm
    Where: Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

    House of Ukraine invites you to a Folk Night For Ukraine at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. This summer evening will feature deep Ukrainian culture through song and folk art. All proceeds will benefit continuing humanitarian work dedicated to rebuilding Ukraine and her resilient people.
    Tickets are on sale now.

    6:30-7:30 p.m.: Silent Auction and Folk Art Exhibition with drinks and light hor d’oeuvres
    (Silent Auction to launch online July 11th)

    7:30-8:00 p.m.: House of Ukraine Community Musicians

    SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS:
    8:00-9:00 p.m.: Balaklava Blues

    About our special guest performers:
    Balaklava Blues is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Canada’s notorious 12 piece balkan-party-punk-massive. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, the duo fuses Ukrainian polyphony and other folk traditions with EDM, trap, dub step, and more as a launching pad to explore the seemingly never-ending blues that have long emanated from the Ukrainian steppe.

    The two met in Kyiv during the 2014 revolution of dignity and ever since, have dedicated their creative energy to telling the stories of their home country to the world. Their 2015 play Counting Sheep garnered major critical acclaim winning several awards at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe – including a Fringe First award and Amnesty International’s Freedom of Speech award. Mark and Marichka composed all the music for Counting Sheep – a story of love and revolution – and four of the songs are on this debut release for band Balaklava Blues. “Balaklava Blues music is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on my home country,” says Mark Marczyk, who spent years back and forth between Ukraine and Canada before meeting Marichka there. “We want to redesign and remix physical and psychological oppression and question how and why it continues to inform who we are and what we can become.”

    About the venue:
    Mingei International Museum was founded in 1978 and presents works of folk art, craft and design. The Museum has a rich history and commitment to furthering the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures. Objects in our Collection reflect a joy in making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit.
    FOLK NIGHT FOR UKRAINE will take place in Mingei’s newly renovated theatre as part of the Museum’s Community Mondays program. This is a program which serves local, under-resourced arts and culture non-profits of the San Diego area. The House of Ukraine is honored to receive Mingei’s support for hosting this event.


  • #RussiaIsATerroristState

    When: Saturday, July 2nd at 4pm
    Where: Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    Bring: Signs, flags, Ukrainian shirts, etc.

    Armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed numerous summary executions against innocent civilians and have attempted to cover their atrocities with mass graves across Ukraine. Thousands of men, women and children are killed and wounded.

    On Monday, June 27, the strike hit a shopping mall in Ukrainian city Kremenchuk, killing at least 18 people and leaving dozens more still missing.

    Only terrorists behave like that. We need to call Russia as a terrorist state!!!

    #RussiaIsATerroristState



  • A Prayer for Peace

  • Peace Bell Ringing

  • Kupala potluck

  • Breaking Down Walls project by The Metro Film and Arts Foundation ONLINE STREAM

  • Stand With Ukraine
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