Ukrainian ethno-chaos band to perform

PUTNEY — The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series presents Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha on Thursday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at The Putney Inn, 57 Putney Landing Rd. This performance is co-presented with The Stone Church.

“Easily one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the global music scene in the past few years, DakhaBrakha brings Ukrainian music into the 21st century with creative force,” Keith Marks, executive director of Next Stage Arts, said in a news release. “They've headlined stages around the world, and we are overjoyed about the opportunity of presenting them in Putney.”

DakhaBraka is a music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, their self-described “ethno-chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music.

The quartet was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theater director Vladyslav Troitskyi and given the name that means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Theater work has left its mark on the band performances - their shows are always staged with a strong visual element.

After experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating “a bright, unique, and unforgettable sound.” DakhaBrakha strives 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 as well.

Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, and Ukrainian traditional instrumentation, the quartet's 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.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and children under 12 admitted free. Next Stage will provide a cash bar. Advance tickets are available at For information, call 802-387-0102.

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