This event is free and unticketed


August 01, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Traditional Ukrainian folk songs infused with global sounds.

23/24 Hop Presents



Hailing from Kyiv, Ukraine, the quartet creates a world of unexpected new music rooted in Ukrainian folk music, laced with Indian, Arabic and African traditional instrumentation and paired with the astonishingly powerful vocal range of its members. 

The eclectic style of DakhaBrakha, which means "give/take" in the old Ukrainian language, is situated at the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theater; their musical spectrum is at first intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms. 

Generously supported by the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

Meet the artists following the performance and mingle with members of the local Ukrainian community at 7:30 pm at the Hood Museum's Russo Atrium.

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art "DAKH" by the avant-garde theater director Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theater work has left its mark on the band performances—their shows are always staged with a strong visual element.

After experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating the bright, unique and unforgettable sound of DakhaBrakha. They strive to help open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring it to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world as well.

In March 2010, DakhaBrakha won the prestigious Grand Prix prize named after Sergey Kuryokhin, in the sphere of contemporary art, and confirmed its place in the culture once again. In March 2011 DakhaBrakha was discovered by Australian Womadelaide and began their ascent in the international music scene. They have since played more than 300 concerts and performances and have taken part in major international festivals throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia and North America. DakhaBrakha has also collaborated with such international musicians as: Port Mone (By), Kimmo Pohjonen Cluster (Fi), Karl Frierson (DePhazz) (Ge), Steve Cooney (IRL), Inna Zhelannaya (Ru), Kievbass (UA), Djam (UA-Iran) and David Ingibaryan (Hu).

“...the rousing Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha celebrates the spirit and determination of Ukraine…”


“The magic is the vocal power and the theatricality.”


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