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Kaby Vedala- Brian Barclay

We were humbled  to learn that our music  has inspired this fabulous painting by a  Scottish artist Brian Barclay .

The  female figure in this painting  is based on Brian’s  Ukrainian wife Svitlana and the painting itself was ‘…inspired by the musical feel of [MuHa song]  Kaby Vedala’.

This is  the best compliment we could have received for our music and we would like to thank Brian for  sharing his beautiful vision of Kaby Vedala  with us.

Brian Barclay's vision of Kaby Vedala

Brian Barclay's vision of Kaby Vedala

Taras movie

As a xmas treat we have heard the news from Zeng Tu- the director of Chinese animation studio that had been working  on movie for our album titled song TARAS for the last 8 months.

I was humbled and overjoyed with the storyboard we just received, it looks epic. It’s distinctive Asian style adds yet another dimension to the meaning of our music.

Thanks to Louise Clements- the bass player in MuHa, a great  woman  who have friends from all over the world- we have this amazing opportunity to create a Chinese animation on Ukrainian famous epic theme Taras Bulba,  which is expected to be released early in 2012. Best xmas ever!

from Zeng Tu Studios , China

 

MuHa 2011 – changes in band members

In 2011 MuHa had a few changes with the band members.

Olya Shafikova
– a classically trained pianist from Moscow, now living in Nottingham, joined MuHa in the spring. Olya notated all MuHa material ( now our music is recorded on paper as well!) and only after a few rehearsals she began gigging with us, including Nottingham Riverside festival and September 11 concert. Our fans already had been telling us how well piano fits with the music and we are looking forward for more music and fun times with Olya.

This year was challenging for MuHa percussion section. Richard Grindon decided to take his drumming career on a higher level and enrolled to the Guilford Academy of Music leaving Nottingham in September 2011. We wish him all the best luck and future great achievements in music as he has all the talent to make it to the biggest stages in the country and indeed, the world.

You may have noticed that our percussionist Richard Kensington is no longer playing with us on a regular basis as the time pressures from his involvement with Mas Y Mas and the other musical projects he is working on make it difficult for him to commit to a growing gig schedule with MuHa. It has been mutually agreed that it is better to have consistency in the band for the sake of band cohesion and audience expectation so Colm O’Hanlon has stepped in and will now be playing percussion with MuHa as the regular percussionist.

Colm already played many gigs with MuHa and, I must say, it is very enjoyable to work with him. In his music Colm is always giving very careful attention to what he is doing and keeps the time really well. As an additional bonus to the group- Colm is a problem solver- before I even think there is a problem- Colm has already sorted it- a very helpful skill for everything that goes on behind the stage before the performance!

We continue to collaborate with various musicians and keep our mind open to new possible opportunities and developments. Looking forward to see what 2012 brings to us, wishing you all the wellness and happy holidays!

Commemorating 10th anniversary of 9/11

Commemoration – remembering and marking your past – makes an important contribution to our sense of community. Memorials to terrible events provide a space for us to reflect on the worst of what we are capable of doing to one another. Commemoration events  encourage conversation and might help us avoid conflicts in the future.

However this was not my motivation when I proposed to the band to create a commemoration music video for the 10th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attack and hold a charity concert  in Nottingham –  a city that  has become my new home since I ‘run away’ from New York. I just wanted  to remember my father whom I lost in those terrible events by an attempt to seek out for something beautiful out of my place of pain. 

The track for the music video is called  KABY VEDALA – If Only I Knew, we had a great fun recording it in a freezing windy hills of the National Park Peak District in Derbyshire. Filmmakers Jason Elberts and Brettt Turner did a great work capturing the the feeling of natural cycles, the stillness of acceptance and grief, and the magnificence of the life.

 

September 11 Concert

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Nottingham, UK MUHA band will be hosting a charity concert September with invited artists.

Featuring

Ling Peng– Erhu player (China)
Olya Shafikova- classical pianist  (Moscow)
Manushi Dance Company – (India)
Abel Chaudé ( France)
MUHA (Ukraine/ UK)

BRING A CANDLE

The charity we have chosen  to support is the War Child  who help children affected by war and terrorism. Emma Mario is an organiser of the fundraising. Please donate online to the War Child.

Thank you to our supporters

The Journey from The Ground Zero campaign is now officially closed. We have 11 contributors, thank you very much for your support! They are:

Olena Pavlova
Viet-Hai Phung
Yuriy Ushakov
Lourdes Benegas Cabezos
Frederique Poujades
Wendy Johnston
Helena Suarez
Rocchino Franchelli
Peter Zabulis
Paulina Bark
CHILLED PRODUCE

The Thank you cards are coming out to the supporters next week and the DVDs will be following a bit later as we decided to add extra feature – the interview and the making of the video.

Indeed, we managed to raise only about 5% of required budget and will have to cut down on some things, but we are very happy with the support we had , even if it did not materialise in monetary value.

Once again, thank you for every single person supported us, including The Nottingham Evening Post and Grantham Journal for covering the story.

The 9/11 tribute video campaign is ending!

We have only 5 days left till the end of The Journey from the Ground Zero campaign to create a music video tribute to 9/11 victims. If you wanted to contribute but put it off for later, the time to act is now. Please follow this link and click that contribute now button.

The video is finished, BrettMetal films are presenting us their work on Tuesday and I’ve heard it is breathtaking! Below is the cover I designed for a DVD. Still have to do extra features for a DVD- an interview and production of DVD itself. You can still have your name in the credits and receive other perks, visit the project page by clicking the box below.

9/11 tribute project

CCLL Chernobyl anniversary event in Nottingham

Earlier this April we were invited to support Chernobyl Children’s Life Line Charity event as they marked the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster with the commemoration event in Nottingham.

The charity’s Sherwood link organised an exhibition of a London artist Zachary Peirce who went to Chernobyl and drawn his inspiration from this abandoned town with it’s gloomy, almost unreal scenery. MuHa was of course was very happy to support the event with our gig at the Malt Cross.

On a photo Ian Harra with Zachary Peirce

See Zachary Peirce’s pictures of the event.

Kaby Vedala project

The Journey from The Ground Zero

The Journey from The Ground Zero- is the band’s new new music video project

Almost 10 years ago Iryna Muha lost her father Iouri Mouchiski in the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in 9/11 terrorist attacks.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 MuHa is creating music video for one of songs from their album – for the Russian folk song ‘Kaby Vedala’ – If I Only Knew.

To become a part of this project go to The Journey from The Ground Zero.