On November 29, 2023, Latvian Radio takes center stage in promoting Ukrainian music and musicians. The broadcast, aptly titled 'Ukrainas pasakalja', is a unique blend of archive recordings and new performances that exemplify the rich tradition of Ukrainian music. The spotlight falls on Ukrainian Daria Leleko and Latvian Kālis Auzāns, who have forged a remarkable duo blending their diverse musical talents.
Unveiling a Musical Alliance
Daria Leleko, a virtuoso at playing the bandura and singing, has teamed up with Kālis Auzāns, who has meticulously arranged and recorded the cello parts for their performances. Their repertoire is a melange of three Ukrainian folk songs, a Christmas carol, two wedding tunes, and the celebrated 'Ave Maria' by Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod. Adding a personal touch, the duo also performs original music by Kālis Auzāns.
Voices from the Artists
In a captivating interview, Daria Leleko delves into her musical journey, starting from her arrival in Latvia in March 2022. She recounts her vibrant concert life in the country, her deep connection with her instrument - the bandura, and the rich tapestry of Ukrainian folk traditions that she brings to life through her music. On the other hand, Kālis Auzāns, drawing from his vast experience in film music, provides an enlightening narrative on the composition process for 'Saules staros' and 'Geparda dzimšanas'.
Listeners can anticipate a profound musical experience as the broadcast features Ukrainian folk songs and music by Kālis Auzāns, alongside 'Ave Maria' by Bach and Gounod. This initiative by Latvian Radio underscores the potent role of music as a universal language, transcending borders and fostering cultural exchange and understanding.
In other news, the Rothko Museum in Daugavpils is set to unveil two new vibrant exhibitions as part of its Winter Season. Five memory institutes from the Baltic states and Ukraine have submitted a joint appeal to UNESCO for inclusion of birch bark letters from Siberian prison camps in its Memory of the World Register. Lastly, foreign ministers of the three Baltic states and Ukraine have announced a boycott of an upcoming OSCE meeting, citing Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.