In the piece My America I am reflecting on my experience as a 9/11 family member and personal loss in the public eye. September the 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on USA have not only changed the world, but also closely affected my family when my Father was killed in the World Trade Center on that day. The American history that followed, unwillingly but profoundly, became a backdrop to our lives.

The dream of a house

Do you have reoccurring dreams? Do you think they reflect our deepest inner psyche or are they just meaningless patterns our brain impulses create? Have you thought what your dreams really mean to you? This is a short reflection on the reoccurring dream of a house. Initially I wanted to use the spoken narrative recorded live, as I filmed the walk-through, hoping that the sound would be more authentic in

Music with soundscapes, Kyiv

This excerpt is from my latest work experimenting making music with soundscapes. I recorded sounds and video during a day out in Hydropark Kyiv, then digitally manipulated them, reflecting on my feelings during that sunny day.  #Kyiv #Dnieperriver #Dnieper #Musicwithnature #Hydropark #naturesounds #abletonlive #digitalmusic 

Video explorations for live streaming musician

In this blog I will talk about some ideas I explored in visual presentation of online streaming concerts or recorded live performances. This is something musicians did not think about in the previous world of LIVE live music as it is a work of a camera man and a lighting engineer, but now we, musicians, have to learn a bit about it too. In search of new and exciting ways of

Time to learn, experiment and play.

Time to learn, experiment and play. It is almost a year since the global pandemic has challenged our lives in so many ways. Back in March I, like many other creatives, was frantically looking for new solutions for sharing my creative work and connect with the audience. I spent weeks browsing youtube videos learning about broadcasting, video streaming, audio routing and recording. My creative work turned from practicing and playing

Music live streaming sessions

The lockdown and Covid-19 crisis made it clear that live music and theatre as we know it will not come back for at least a year. Musicians, artists and promoters are finding new online ways of sharing their work. In the last months we learned a lot about digital technology, experienced new ways to connect. I have attended conferences held in New York, Berlin and London at the same time

In Conversation with birds

As I was growing up in Soviet Union I remember the feeling of the heaviness of the Iron Curtain upon myself, I couldn’t bear the idea of not being able to travel and see the world. I imagined I was a free bird who would fly far and high across the borders. I wasn’t some kind of bird that lived in towns all year round -like a pigeon or sparrow.

Learning language through music

Learning any foreign language through music is a proven method to memorise new vocabulary and master conversational skill. Rhyming lyrics and a catchy melody make student’s brain work not just on the level of the speech in classroom environment, but also through musical enjoyment that involves our much deeper inserted instincts- rhythm and sound. Feeling our mother’s heart beat before we are born is the first sensor that we develop.

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Musicians in isolation

Playing live gigs, interacting with other musicians, jamming in real time and exchanging ideas is an integral part of enjoyment in music making. Covid-19 crisis hit musicians hard not only financially but also inspirationally as we cannot do it any longer. To keep sharing our music online from home we have to effectively do a job not only as a musician, but also of a sound and light engineer, videographer,

live streaming studio for musicians at home DIY

COVID-19 home live streaming studio for musicians

As COVID- 19 forced us into isolation, changing life styles, reevaluating our consumeristic values and giving some rest to the nature, artists, promoters and venues, as workers of gigging economy found themselves in the unknown new territory with scary prospects. We have to find new creative ways to share our art and earn a living. The first instinct to many is to increase online presence. There are many platforms that