Stunning 2016 Headliners DakhaBrakha Return to Music Haven Thursday, August 4

SCHENECTADY – Such a hit with Music Haven aficionados in 2016, DakhaBrakha returns to Central Park under tragically different circumstances, performing its music now for its home country, as a Tribute to Ukraine.

With its second visit, “traveling the world one concert at a time” becomes “not just a joy,” says Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub, “but a responsibility, too. Meaningful cultural exchange involves crossing borders, breaking down barriers and celebrating our shared humanity, through good as well as challenging times.” 

Dakha Brakha @ Music Haven
Dakha Brakha @ Music Haven, 2016

DakhaBrakha member Nina Garenetska, in a heartbreaking interview with the New York Times in early March, told reporter Laura Van Straaten, “This is our life now: An air raid siren goes off—you go downstairs, you wait, you go back up. And this is nonstop. When it is too dangerous, we will run to the bomb shelter.”

Hailing from Kyiv, DakhaBrakha (which translates as “give/take” in an old Ukrainian tongue) freely marry ethereal Eastern European vocal traditions with overt theatricality, striking headwear and bright costumes to create a uniquely proud, unexpected and dazzling “Ethnic chaos.”

Launched in 2004 by avant-garde stage director Vladyslav Troitskyi, and accompanying themselves with traditional Indian, Arabic, African and Australian instrumentation, the quartet of Garenetska, Marko Halanevych, Iryna Kovalenko and Olena Tsybulska’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

Korinya — which contextualizes the Ukrainian village band tradition with modern life in the ever-widening diaspora — will open the program with the mesmerizing “roots” sounds implied by the English definition of its name.

Members of the regional community will also participate in solidarity with Music Haven’s Tribute to Ukraine—with appearances by Viktor Holovaschenko, president of the Ukrainian-American Cultural Center (UACC), Dr. Andrij Baran, chair, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Capital District; local Ukrainian religious leaders; members of 518Ukrainians/AID UKRAINE NOW; and representatives of Schenectady Clergy Against Hate (a network of Jewish, Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Pagan faith leaders). 

An inspiring Tribute to Ukraine candlelight vigil will immediately follow the DakhaBrakha performance. Once Music Haven volunteers and friends have shared a ceremonial flame with those gathered, words of hope and prayer will be offered from the stage, followed by the singing of the Ukrainian national anthem.

A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all Music Haven shows, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday nights and throughout festivals and special events.


Michele’s Charcoal Pit and Ben & Jerry’s return to Music Haven for all concerts and events in 2022. And, as has become tradition, international offerings reflecting locales from which the music comes will be sold at the concession stand—including potato & cheese pierogies sautéed with butter and caramelized onions and kielbasa & kraut for Tribute to Ukraine, with all proceeds benefitting aid to local Ukrainian refugees through the Ukrainian-American Cultural Center.

Wine and local craft beverages from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Frog Alley Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider are available throughout the season. 

For biographical information about the artists scheduled to perform, related news articles and archives of seasons past, visit Music Haven’s website, For updates and new details about upcoming shows, visit Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook.

The Schenectady Foundation and Price Chopper/Market 32 are co-presenting sponsors of the Music Haven season; Tribute to Ukraine sponsors are Cap Com Federal Credit UnionFreihofer’s Baking Company Inc. and Gallagher Insurance.

Media sponsors are The Daily GazetteNippertown.comWAMC Northeast Public RadioWEXT/EXIT 97.7/106.1 and WRGB-CBS6/WCWN-CW 15

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