Julian Kytasty : The Ukrainian Bandura – a Workshop & Concert

November 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Arts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. Somerville
MA 02140
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Julian Kytasty is one of the world’s premier players of the bandura (Ukrainian lute-harp), and the instrument’s leading North American exponent. A singer, multi-instrumentalist and third-generation bandurist, he has concertized and taught instrumental and choral music throughout the Americas and Europe. Born in Detroit, he has a BFA in Theory and Composition from Concordia University in Montreal.

Mr. Kytasty is especially recognized for his expertise in epic songs and early bandura repertoire. In 1989-1990 Kytasty was one of the first North American-born banduriststo tour Ukraine, performing over one hundred concerts. He has oftenreturned to tour in Ukraine and in the summer of 2014 he traveled to sites associated with Taras Shevchenko’s life and poetry at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine’s Shevchenko Bicentennial Project. He played both formal concerts and on-site performances which were filmed for an upcoming documentary Slidamy Shevchenka (In Shevchenko’s Footsteps)

As a performer, recording artist,composer, and band leader, he hasredefined the possibilities of the bandura. Mr. Kytasty is the Musical Director of New York Bandura and founder of Bandura Downtown, aninnovative music series based in New York’s East Village that provides a home for creative explorations of traditional and contemporary sounds and themes. He has recorded and performed as a soloist, with the Canadian world music group Paris to Kyiv. He has also worked with musical innovators such as John Zorn and Derek Bailey, as well as cross-culturally with such artists as Wu Man, Klezmer revivalist Michael Alpert, and Mongolian master musician Battuvshin. These experiences have shaped his approach to composition as designing a musical space in which each individual voice and instrument can find roomand inspiration to make its unique contribution.

The first part ofthis event will have Julian presenting a workshop explaining the bandura and demonstrating how it is used in Ukrainian traditional music. The second part of the event, Julian will present a concert of new music he has composed for the bandura.

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