Lenten Concert featuring the combination of traditional Ukrainian church choir and saxophone improvisations.
Thursday / 27.04.2016 / 19.00 /
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (15a Bishop Nankier Sq)
Admission is free
Michael Balog – saxophones, bansuri, tibetan sing bowls
Vocal ensemble: Petro Shvaikovskyi, Volodymyr Gadzalo, Maksym Shpynda, Roman Stelmashchuk, Taras Hrudovyi, Taras Melnyk, Ihor Kohut, Yuri Gadzetskyi
Current events in Ukraine and Europe look like as unbelievable nonsense, if to correspond to the world values standards, civilization progress and the main objectives of humankind in the 21stcentury. Our civilization could not help but to return to the early 20th century, when (in anticipation of the World War I), the eschatological prayer so powerfully and vividly penetrated into human consciousness… We do realize that the world can be saved only by Prayer, Truth, Beauty. The event organizers invite us to join the reflections on the value of the most important truths through ancient sources of Christian prayers: the archaic monody of Gregorian chants and Byzantine church hymns; the strict beauty of ancient two and three- vocal religious songs, the colorful polyphonic singing of the later epochs. The austere sound of amen's chorus is interwoven with a solo saxophone: the voice representing an individual that lives in contemporary uneasy, distressing world. The one, who is either irritated by the mighty power of a prayer, or soothed and pacified with all world creation commandments and the Universe.