Hudaki Village Band
Authentic Carpathian vibrant, ecstatic dance rhythms and mystic ballads creating mood of sacredness, from a truly original ethnic music act.
YO! recorded at Egan Irish Pub’s vault cellar, Uzhhorod in 2017 by Vitaliy Levshakov. Mix and mastering: Denis Yambor, Bambrafone in ZvukoTsekh, Kyiv Sound producer: Anna Ohrimchuk Photo: Oleksandr Glyadyelov Design: Sonia Nechitaylo. Print: Blank Press, Kyiv Special thanks to Anatol Sokolov and the staff of Egan Irish Pub, Uzhhorod.
Biography Founded in 2001, concerts in about 12 European countries. In 2010 Hudaki played at Sziget Festival (Budapest) and won the European Folk Price at Plauen (Germany)
Members of the band: Olga Senynets, vocal, gardon Kateryna Yarynych, vocal Vasyl Rushchak, baraban (percussion) Misha Shutko, violin, vocal Yura Bukovynets, clarinet, taragot, sopilka (shepherds flute) Volodymyr Korolenko, cymbalom Vitaliy Kovach, guitar, vocal Serhiy Kovach, bayan, plonka Volodya Tishler, double bass
Native town: Nyzhnie Selyshche, Ukraine
The way the audience behaved and responded to the performance clearly demonstrated that that their expectations were exceeded by far. There was dancing, singing, laughing, cheering, and celebrating – all resulting in euphoric applause and calls for encores long after an almost three-hour concert. This music becomes addictive– probably because it’s so vibrant, authentic and moving. There are touching ballads which take you into mystical dream worlds. There are ecstatic rhythms inviting a frenzy of dancing. There are solemn hymns which create a mood of sacredness. The musicians do not only perform a concert, they also show what being a human is all about: above all, that we all have a boundless zest for life, which is always a part of us and which comes out through music, dance and singing. The musicians themselves radiate this joie de vivre. They play, sing and dance as if driven by supernatural forces… Masterful playing and singing is another specificity of those Hudaki who trust the force of traditional music interpreted with soulful deepness, unlike other bands who satisfy the need of temperament with trash, kitsch and elements of show-business. (Thüringer Landeszeitung, August 21, 2017)
From the heart and to the heart With fiery rhythms and melodies, the Hudaki Village Band quickly swept away the daily routine of the audience and spread the pure joy of life. (Seetaler Bote, February 6, 2017)
“As these ballads and archaic sounds fly around the room, you have a feeling of elusive dimensions. Then what you have to do is just open the door to your heart and let this swirling musical tornado in. And it makes you feel so good!“ (Nürtinger Zeitung, November 24, 2014)