Each moment in a person's life has its own song - says Zoryana Dybovska, who founded Yagody in 2016 in the West Ukrainian city of Lviv, together with students from the local theater faculty. The four traveled through all the oblasts of Ukraine to explore the musical traditions of the people there. With this huge collection of songs about love and life, Yagody create their own exciting sound mix, supported by musicians on drums, guitar, accordion or the drymba, a Jew's harp of the Hutsul people from the Carpathians. In 2020 Yagody released their debut album, followed by big performances such as at the medieval festival "Tu Stan!" in Lviv in 2018 or in 2022 at Lodžie Worldfest in Jičín, Czech Republic. Since Yagody are active in the world of theater, they realize their musical stage show according to dramaturgical principles, a concert is like a performance in one act. As the showmaster announced the nameless band at their first concert, he spontaneously presented them as 'Yagody' which means 'berries'.
Yagody's repertoire consists of poetic songs from Ukraine and some regions around, as well as from the Balkans. The musicians build a very diverse and energetic world of melodies, rhythms and themes, which they blend uniquely. A concert with Yagody is a ritual. It is about listening to the inner self. And to the mythical sound of our ancestors, like the breath of the wind in the field. The concert guests are completely captivated by Yagodys dance of voices, which form the eternal pulse of being human. Yagody's songs are like love letters from the past that haven't arrived yet. Yagody is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic Ukrainian folk bands!