DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Ukrainian rock band joined us from Kiev for a Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST concert.

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Every January, I attend globalFEST at a New York City nightclub and see some of the most fantastic music I'll experience all year. Now, given the pandemic's challenges and the hardening of international borders, NPR Music and globalFEST moved the 2021 edition from the nightclub to your screen of choice and shared the festival with the world. We called it Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. We presented 16 artists in intimate settings (often behind desks donning globes), all hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo.


This show marks DakhaBrakha's return to globalFEST and Tiny Desk. The Ukrainian band's first globalFEST performance was in 2014, and their 2015 Tiny Desk concert remains a favorite. We've had them in our spaces, so it's a real treat to see them in theirs, the Dakh Theater in Kiev. Coming together, their performance maintains the energy and joy that define their music, bouncing off each other musically and emotionally. DakhaBrakha aims to keep Ukraine's musical and storytelling tradition alive by making it more accessible to a younger, international audience, a kind of self-proclaimed "ethno-chaos." They craft stunning sonic worlds for traditional songs, reinventing their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary resonances. This performance took place during the opening night of our 2021 festival. --globalFEST

SET LIST

  • "Komora"
  • "Vynnaya ya"

MUSICIANS

  • Iryna Kovalenko: vocals, keys, percussion
  • Marko Halanevych: vocals, accordion
  • Nina Garenetska: vocals, cello
  • Olena Tsybulska: vocals, drums

CREDITS

  • Director: Vladyslav Troitskyi
  • Art Manager: Iryna Gorba
  • Mixing Engineer: Maksym Taran
  • Audio: Andrii Nidzelskyi
  • Photography: Stefanyak Juryj


Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Maia Stern
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

GLOBALFEST TEAM

  • Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, and Bill Bragin
  • 2021 Curators: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, and Viviana Benitez
  • Event Producer: Ian Thake

  • Host: Angélique Kidjo
  • Social Media Manager: Valerie French
  • Publicity: Brendan Gilmartin, Chart Room Media
  • Legal Services: Tamizdat
  • Legal Services: Duane Morris
  • Producer: THE OFFICE performing arts + film
  • Video Production: MODEMA Studios


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