Singer/songwriter and musician Alexis Kochan is of Ukraine descent, and utilizes her roots in intense and interesting ways with this world music ensemble. Their three recordings are each distinctive, utilizing similar roots but often different approaches.
Paris to Kyiv (15.99)
Released in 1994, this recording can be described as Ukrainian soul music, Canadian Prairie style. It features Ukrainian jazz musician Sasha Boychouk, Carpathian Mountain violinist, Petro Iurashchuk and Canadian accordionist Nestor Budyk.
Released in 1996, this is music from the deepest layers of an ancient culture with a strikingly contemporary edge. Kochan collaborates with premier bandura player Julian Kytasty; they are joined by jazz violist Richard Moody, West African percussionist Evans Coffie and his protegé Henry Zacharias and multi-instrumentalist Martin Colledge (including Northumbrian pipes and cittern).
Prairie Nights and Peacock Feathers (15.99)
The Y2K album includes Ukrainian roots come from Julian Kytasty on bandura and sopilka. Martin Colledge plays cittern, mandolin, Northumbrian small pipes, and banjo, Richard Moody contributes voila, violin, and guitar, and Nenad Zdjelar on double bass on "Prairie Nights."
The RootsWorld review of Prairie Nights
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