Folk from Ukraine

There is a suitable song for every moment in a person's life - says Zoryana Dybovska, who founded Yagody in 2016 in Lviv, western Ukraine, with students from the theater faculty. The four traveled through all the oblasts of Ukraine to collect the songs of their lives from grandmothers everywhere. From this, Yagody create their own modern and gripping sound, supported by guest musicians on drums, trombone, guitar, accordion or the drymba, a Jew's harp of the Hutsuls from the Carpathians. In 2020, Yagody released their first album and major performances were scheduled for the medieval festival "Tu Stan!" in Lviv in 2018 or 2022 at Lodžie Worldfest in Jičín, Czech Republic. Since Yagody are at home in the theater, they realize their musical ideas for the stage according to dramaturgical principles, a concert is like a performance in one act. When a compere announced the hitherto nameless band at their first concert, he spontaneously called them 'Yagody ', in German 'berries'. Yagody's repertoire consists of songs from all over Ukraine, but also from Belarus, Lemkenland and the Balkans such as Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia. They access an incredibly large world of traditional melodies, rhythms and themes from which they develop their own free and spirited style according to their intuition. A concert with Yagody is a ritual. It is listening to the inner self. There is the breath of the wind in the field, and the voice of our ancestors. This is living energy, musical trance, a dance of voices in the pulse of humanity. 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!

Music: https://yagodyofficial.bandcamp.com/album/yagody-2021




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