Are you familiar with Ukraine's folk musical tradition? If not,
you're in for a surprise! According to the UNESCO, Ukrainian folk music is not
only extremely melodious but also one of the richest in terms of its heritage.
It is comprised of more than 200000 songs. Ukrainian is considered by experts to
be the second most melodic language in the world after Italian. All this is
probably news to you, but that's not all. Veseli Muzyky will help you to
discover for yourself some of the many faces of beautiful Ukrainian folk music
V. M. is a folk music ensemble, consisting of six brilliant
musicians: Pavlo Bugar - woodwinds, vocals, Yuri Bilak - cymbollum, Vladislav
Potchko - violin, vocals, Yuri Risol - percussion, vocals, Sergiy Khitnakov -
accordion, vocals, arranger, Alexander Chukh - bass, vocals.
In 1983, five talented musicians fresh from the Kiev Pedagogical
Institute decided to play together. Soon, the group acquired a following in Kyiv
and later throughout Ukraine. In 1987, they took first place in the All
Ukrainian musical contest. In 1988, new artist joined the group - the cymbollum
virtuoso, Yuri Bilak. In the same year, V. M. were admitted to the
Ukrainian Philharmonic Society and named best folk group of the year.
The ensemble has been touring extensively abroad with
considerable success since 1986: the Czech Rep., Slovenia, West Berlin, Poland,
France, Bulgaria, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, USA and
Their repertoire includes a number of popular songs and
instrumental pieces together with the authentic folk tunes, original
arrangements of popular Ukrainian songs and musical tunes from various parts of