Traditions of Ukraine: Musician Profiles

We are very excited to welcome the talented Eastern European singer, Nadia Tarnawsky and her band to Langley for Saturday’s Traditions of Ukraine event. There is still time to reserve your place! Don’t miss out on this fantastic event! Call 360.321.2101, or email [email protected].

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NADIA TARNAWSKY has been studying Eastern European singing techniques for nearly two decades with leading teachers including Mariana Sadowska, Nina Matvienko, Ukrainian-American singer Lilia Pavlovska, Albanian singer Merita Halili and Bulgarian singers Donka Koleva and Maria Bebelekova. She founded MN2 Productions, an independent production company which creates new works based on Ukrainian themes and sponsors performances by Ukrainian artists. Recent performances in New York include concerts for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and projects with Yara Arts Group. In 2007, MN2 Productions performed Ancestral Voices at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Upon moving to Seattle, she and Brandon Vance formed the world music fusion band, Alchymeia.

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BRANDON VANCE of Anacortes, WA is as comfortable with jazz improvisation as he is in his classical violin repertoire. He is a two-time Open U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion (1999 & 2001), the youngest player ever to attain the national title at age 14. Brandon has played with numerous Celtic and jazz bands and performers including Alasdair Fraser and Johnny Cunningham. In 2004 Brandon released his first CD with Mark Minkler, Beyond the Borders, a compilation of the duo’s original Celtic style compositions alongside traditional Scottish and Irish tunes. Brandon graduated with a Masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied violin under Mr. Paul Kantor.