VIOLA (Richard Scott) and HURDY-GURDY (Iryna Muha)
"Over in the Hexagon I enjoyed a performance by the Ukrainian born vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Iryna Muha who performed in a duo with the British musician Richard Scott. It was Peacock’s idea to pair the two together and their set was a fascinating amalgam of Ukrainian, Russian and British folk influences. Muha’s own “River Trent” was written in the UK but with a Russian lyric celebrating the importance of water imagery in Russian and Ukrainian folklore. Muha demonstrated the mechanics of that fascinating instrument the hurdy gurdy before using it to accompany her singing of a Ukrainian folk song with an anti-war message.Finally the two combined to play a Bulgarian bag pipe tune on hurdy gurdy and viola, the resultant drones proving to be totally absorbing and mesmeric, the effect not totally dissimilar to modern electronic dance music. I dubbed it ‘retro-techno’" "I was impressed by this performance from two very talented multi-instrumentalists and also by the power and purity of Muha’s singing. Whether the pair will work together as a duo again remains to be seen but I’d say that there was the potential here for a successful partnership." Review from Surge In Spring III, Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 27/04/2019 The JazzMan.com
Collaboration for Rupununi Music & Arts Festival Georgetown connection 2019.
Recorded in George Town, Guyana, South America 2019 Collaborative performance of Sweet Guyana Lyrics by Dmitry Allicock Music Iryna Muha Composed for Rupununi Music & Arts Festival Georgetown connection 2019. Performed by Iryna Muha( Ukraine) , Rob Rossa (UK), Gavin Aaron Mendonca (Guyana) and Chucky ( Guyana)
Working with the the London based director Konstantin Kamensky I have created a soundscape to the rehearsed reading of a play by Natal'ya Vorozhbit "Take the rubbish out, Sasha", Presented at Pushkin House, London 2018. 'Sasha, a colonel in the Ukrainian army, who has died of a heart failure, sees his widow Katia and his step-daughter Oksana prepare his funeral feast. A year later, the country will be engulfed in the events that can make the dead rise. Sasha is ready to be resurrected, but his family is not-they are reluctant to bury him again.'