ХИМЕРИ invites you to join the spiritual territories where unrealized hopes and dreams unite in a communal practice of singing.
Traditional Ukrainian singing has come a long way through the centuries, having survived wars, occupations, repressions, and language bans. Despite the oppression that has been lasting for several centuries, the Ukrainian song has always been filled with mystery, beautiful mythology, spiritual power of faith and has inspired the people’s spirit for a radical breakthrough.
Spanning past, present and future, the concert night ХИМЕРИ celebrates the diversity in voice and performance with a female-only line-up of contemporary Ukrainian vocalists and producers. Embracing trauma and pain in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine, they explore the different ways we seek refugee and empowerment through music and create a space anyone can move into and inhabit.
Lviv-born Kyiv-based musician Maryana Klochko brings a “hollow folk” touch with her pop vocals; Hanna Svirska carves beautiful new age and ambient soundscapes with experimental singing; Gael aka shemovesshe and Little Messy blend samples of traditional Ukrainian instruments such as trembita and torbana with poetry for their commissioned live project; human margareeta and Diana Azzuz support the concert with eclectic DJ sets.
Curation: Tanya Voytko
Art Direction: Vitaliya Zhyriyakova
A project initiated by the team of the Kyiv-based cultural institution ∄ with the aim to provide financial, humanitarian and logistical support to the musical and cultural community that has been facing life-threatening challenges since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.