Solstice Arts Centre launches fundraiser to support musicians, producers and artists at the Vedel Music School in Lviv, Ukraine
Solstice is launching a fundraiser in aid of the Vedel School of Contemporary Music in Lviv, Ukraine, to support musicians, producers and artists who currently remain in Lviv, fighting Russian invaders in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, those who have stayed to become volunteers and those who continue to work to provide for their families and support the war time economy.
Heinali is a Ukrainian composer and sound-artist. He is one of many that remain in Ukraine and has been part of various fundraiser series for the Ukrainian Army and Humanitarian Aid. He collaborated with his colleagues from the Vedel School to produce a series called ‘Live from Ukraine’, which consisted of live streamed concerts and featured internally displaced and Lviv based musicians who performed works by Ukrainian and international musicians. Heinali and his colleagues worked tirelessly, for free, and used their own funds to set up the broadcast, and while there has been a tremendous effort made to help Ukrainian refugees – there is still little to no support for those who remain in Ukraine.
The ‘Live from Ukraine’ series was broadcast from the Vedel School and from the Ukrainian Opera House. Most recently however, because of the prevalence of air raid alarms, Heinali performed a 30-minute live concert from a bomb shelter, using a modular system that he saved from his home during an evacuation, amid the Russian invasion.
Over the past month, Solstice Director Belinda Quirke collaborated with Heinali and the Vedel School to set up this fundraiser, which will distribute the money raised to the musicians from the Vedel School and other participants from the ‘Live from Ukraine’ series. Additionally, Heinali has been commissioned by Solstice to compose a new work, further details will be announced soon.
In a video message received from Oleg, he says “I am very grateful for your support and I am sending you love from Ukraine.”
Please join us in supporting artists, musicians and performers who are currently in Ukraine during such a turbulent time.
Fundraiser link: https://solsticeartscentre.ie/ukraine-fundraiser/
Heinali is a Ukrainian composer and creator of electroacoustic soundscapes. He composes music for games, film, performances and other media. His 2017 and 2018 releases on Injazero Records garnered huge acclaim worldwide, marking his arrival as a singular and significant voice in the experimental-electronic music landscape. In 2020, Heinali released ‘Madrigals’, an album inspired by Renaissance and late Medieval polyphony, created with generative modular synthesis and historical instrumentation. This highly acclaimed album was recognised as the ‘contemporary album of the month’ by John Lewis (The Guardian), amongst others.
Heinali’s recorded works have also been released by Sony, The Flenser, Fluttery, NEN, Paradigms and other labels. His history of live performances includes appearances at venues and festivals such as the Zorlu Performing Arts Center, Istanbul; Plivka, Art Arsenal & Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv; Ukraine’s Next Sound Festival; The National Art Museum of Ukraine; Museum of Modern Art of Odessa; and Berlin’s Akademie der Künste.
Link to video message from Oleg: https://vimeo.com/706708267
Link to ‘Heinali: Live from a bomb shelter / Live from Ukraine’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1WgjKesOmU&t=744s
The Vedel School
The Vedel School of Contemporary Music is a non-profit organisation located in Lviv, Ukraine, supporting Ukrainian and international musicians. Their mission is to provide free access to the benefits of non-genre music education. They strive to unite people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds around a common idea that respects diversity and encourages creativity.
The Vedel School is a community where “sharing” is one of the main tools of education, through which teachers not only teach but also share their own experiences; where students freely share their ideas and knowledge, help each other and develop. Education at the School is designed for both professional musicians with higher education and people who are just discovering the world of music.
Link to Vedel School website: https://www.vedel.school/
‘Live from Ukraine’ Team
Heinali – electronic music composer & sound artist. Alexey Shmurak – classical composer & sound artist. Michael Balog – jazz and electronic musician, owner of the Vedel School of music. Ivan Kostyk – videographer.
Antonii Baryshevskyi, Dmytro Pashynskyi, Nadiia Duldiier, Iryna Kirchanova, Maksym Rymar, Liliya Nikitchuk, Serhiі Radzetskyi, Vadym Voytovych, Yuriy Kyrach, Yakiv Tsvietinskyi and Vladyslav Grudnitskiy.
Further information about the ‘Live from Ukraine’ team & musicians available upon request.