ЧЛЕНИ АНСАМБЛЮ ЧЕРЕМШИНА: Клавдія Мельник (1-ий альт), Лідія Рудич (2-ий альт) Надія Цвітков (сопран) Марко Беднарчик (гітара), Василь Кінал (V3: бас гітара, акордеон, клявіятури, ударнії.
Також брали участь у виконанні: V1: Андрій Черній, Василь Кінал, Джефрі Ланґ, Павло Гайн V2: Юрко Кулицкий, Роман Когут V3: Ал діБоно.
THE CHEREMSHYNA ENSEMBLE: Claudia Melnyk (1 alto), Lydia Ruditsch (2 alto), Nadine Zwetkow (soprano), Mark Bednarczyk (acoustic guitar), Bill Kinal (bass guitar, accordion, keyboards, percussion).
Also taking part in the recordings: V1: Andrij Czerny, Bill Kinal, Geoffrey D. Lang, Paul Hein V2: Yourko Kulycky, Ron Cahute V3: Al diBuono.
Musical Arrangements by: M. Bednarczyk, A. Czerny, B. Kinal, Y. Kulycky, and the Cheremshyna Ensemble.
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE…
Ukrainians around the world have inherited the gift of song as part of their cultural wealth. The Cheremshyna Ensemble, from Montreal, Canada, has combined the tradition of the old world with a distinct North American dimension, giving Ukrainian music a unique, new expression.
The ensemble derives its name from the cheremshyna tree, famous throughout Ukraine for its magnificent white blossoms and its dark blue berries. Like this tree, Ukrainian culture blooms with songs of delicate beauty as well as of dark sorrow.
The main goal of the ensemble has been to preserve and promote Ukrainian music, and to share their priceless heritage with Ukrainian and non-Ukrainians alike. Cheremshyna’s performances have demonstrated that the beauty of Ukrainian song transcends language barriers and appeals to all types of audiences. The unique rhythms, haunting melodies and enchanting harmonies reach the listeners’ hearts. Cheremshyna has been received enthusiastically at numerous intercultural performances throughout Canada.
Cheremshyna is also very well-known among Ukrainians in North America, Europe, and in Ukraine. In Edmonton, in 1988, at the first «Contemporary Music Awards» honoring two decades of outstanding achievement in the Ukrainian recording industry, Cheremshyna was selected as the «Favorite Ensemble in North America». In 1989, the Senate of the State of Illinois adopted a resolution congratulating and commending the members of the ensemble for their «energy, talent, and dedication to their heritage».
Cheremshyna’s recordings: «Sviato Rizdva» A Celebration of Christmas (1981), «Cheremshyna Vol. 1» (1983), «Cheremshyna Vol. 2» (1986), and «Cheremshyna Vol. 3», (1988) are among the most popular on the market, and are heard around the world. Although their repertoire highlights Ukrainian folk songs, it also includes a variety of original and contemporary material.
The ensemble has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States, and has appeared at major Ukrainian festivals and cultural events. The diverse musical experiences and abilities of the members of the ensemble enrich the whole, and blend together to create this dynamic and most popular stage and recording ensemble.
The above are available in cassette (CYFP) and record (YFP) format: CHEREMSHYNA VOL. 1 (CYFP 1023, YFP 1023); CHEREMSHYNA VOL 2 (CYFP 1044, YFP 1044); CHEREMSHYNA VOL. 3 (CYFP 1054, YFP 1054).
For information about other Ukrainian CDs and recordings, please write to: YEVSHAN CORPORATION, Box 325, Beaconsfield, Quebec H9W 5T8 CANADA