DAKHABRAKHA is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting the fundamental elements of sound and soul, the Ukrainian “ethno chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music.
The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language.
DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theater director Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theater work has left its mark on the band’s performances – their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects.
Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating the bright, unique, and unforgettable sound of DakhaBrakha. They strive to help open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.
At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theater, their musical spectrum is at first intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.”
DakhaBrakha has played more than 300 concerts and performances and has taken part in numerous international festivals in Ukraine, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norvegia, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, China, Australia, USA, Canada, and Colombia.
In March 2010 DakhaBrakha won one of the most prestigious Grand Prix prize – named after S. Kuriokhin – in the sphere of contemporary art and confirmed its place in the culture. In March 2011 DakhaBrakha was discovered by Australian Womadelaide and began its ascent in the international music scene.
Marko Halanevych is the only representative of the countryside in the band. He was born at the Krushenivka village at the Vinnitskiy region in the family of village intellectuals. He graduated from the faculty of the Ukrainian philology, but came into the theater, became an actor of the Centre of Contemporary Art “DAKH” and then accidentally found himself working with the band. Marko is fond of design – he creates the visual images of DakhaBrakha and at “DAKH” theater, where he continues to perform on stage as an actor.
Iryna Kovalenko has played Ukrainian ethnic music since her early childhood. Moreover, she has graduated from the faculty of folklore. She is fond of yoga, yachting, rowing. Ira is responsible for the “brass section” of the group, as she easily gets the feel of different musical instruments. She also performs at the “Dakh” theater as an actress.
Olena Tsybulska is one of the specialists at the folklore department of the National University of Ukraine. When Lena has time off, she prepares her dissertation about traditional Ukrainian wedding songs. She is fond of driving, sewing, and interior design.
Nina Garenetska professionally studied folklore and is a self-taught virtuoso cellist. She is the most open-minded member of the band and is up for collaborating with other musicians. Nina is fond of travelling, photography, fancywork, and adornment creation.