Gerdan – Kaleidoscope of World Music
Location: The Lyceum at 201 South Washington St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314
The music of Gerdan is diverse, energetic and charming, bringing the fire and the edge of new melodic
ideas and rhythms that capture the listener. Musicians’ commitment to professionalism and virtuosity in performance of the authentic folk music roots is convergent to the new developing life of a multicultural society.
The concert program of Gerdan features contrasting musical styles (folk, classical, jazz, tango) in traditions of Ukraine. Traditional songs and tunes get vivacious original arrangements in fascinating combination of voice and acoustic instruments violin, piano and exotic ethnic flutes.
Exceptional musicians, skilled, experienced, and dedicated to the sonic nurture of music art, reveal their passion for the modalities and rhythmic colorations that define Ukrainian music.
Meet the artists:
Ukrainian born violinist Solomia Gorokhivska is soloist and a chamber musician. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Dr. Gorokhivska brings her passionate virtuoso violin, and a voice that expresses the personality of each song. She is an International laureate award recipient in classical and folk music performance. She toured internationally, including Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, China and the USA. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Ternopil State College of Music and her Master Degree at Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. In addition, she received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Cultural Studies from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Ukraine. From 2006-2010 she was a musicologist, journalist, author, and senior editor for the TV program “Along With The Music” on the National Broadcast Company of Ukraine. Dr. Gorokhivska participates in many classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary music projects around the world, and brings this wealth of experience to collaborate with other professional artists.
Dr. Andrei Pidkivka earned Bachelor and Master degrees from Lviv State College and Music Academy in Ukraine. He holds a Doctorate of Music Arts Degree from Michigan State University, USA. His extensive collection of world flutes, from archaic to modern encompass a wealth of knowledge and great possibilities. In Dr. Pidkivka’s twenty five year journey of musical growth his world flutes have found a way into modern symphonic compositions, theatrical performances, ballet, and movie scores. Performances as a soloist and a guest musician include the Columbus Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony. Andrei Pidkivka has been critically acclaimed as a preeminent performer, teacher, and maker of a variety of folk flutes of his native Ukraine, whose sounds attracted listeners and educational workshops across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. The Pan-Flute, the Turkish Ney and the Ukrainian Sopilka were used in symphonic performances of the Lord of The Rings, and the Seattle Times wrote, “Andrei Pidkivka owned the spotlight…Close your eyes and you’re in The Shire”. The Washington Post wrote “Andrei Pidkivka … was most winning playing plaintive melodies on the naj, or pan flute, and the tylynka, a long, slender shepherd’s flute with no finger holes”. Dr. Pidkivka presented lectures-workshops and performances at: the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Metropolitan Museum of the Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Severance Hall, the National Folk Alliance Conference, National Flute Association Conventions in the U.S. He was interviewed by the Voices of America Network for broadcast in Ukraine, and the National Public Radio and TV affiliate of the PBS in Cleveland.
Dr. Daniel May was born into a very musical family- both of his parents were music teachers. He plays piano and viola and he holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Cornell University. For over 20 years, Daniel May worked in Los Angeles as a composer for feature films, television, and, most notably, IMAX films. Career highlights include his score to the award-winning IMAX film “Everest.” In his film scores, Daniel has collaborated with George Harrison (“Everest”), Sting (“The Living Sea” and “Dolphins”), Lindsay Buckingham (“Adventures In Wild California’) and The Moody Blues (“Journey Into Amazing Caves”). Additionally, Daniel May is a noted jazz pianist and has played and recorded with some of the world’s foremost jazz artists. In 2006, Daniel and his family relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he owns and operates Maywood Studios, a state-of-the-art recording studio. Daniel recently composed the musical score for Medieval Times, a live show featured in venues throughout the United States and Canada. Daniel had the privilege of hearing his “Alligator Songs” performed by the Florida Young Artists Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Daniel has produced and recorded more than 50 CD projects, most notably for Somerset Entertainment (Toronto, Canada). He is currently the Co-Music Director of the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.
We invite you to visit our Website and find out more about the band, listen to the music samples, watch recorded performances, as well as learn about the tour schedule, music classes and workshops, and more: www.Gerdan.info