“This is world fusion at its best”
– Whole Note Magazine, ‘DoVira’ Album Review “A unique sonic tapestry”
– Tracy Jenkins, Lula Lounge & Lula Music “Timeless traditions, with contemporary styles, arrangements and ideas”
– Jonathan Campbell, SmallWorld Music & Good Kind Productions
DoVira [do-VEE-ruh], which means “trust” in Ukrainian, explores the point of intersection between Slavic/Balkan folk music and contemporary jazz/rock/r&b. This eclectic Canadian collective performs in various configurations, from an electronic trio, to a full rock band formation, often featuring flutes/woodwinds and traditional guest vocalists.
Fronted by Ukrainian-born vocalist/keyboardist/composer Nastasia Y, DoVira’s members include Patrick O’Reilly (guitars/synths/effects), Mike Romaniak (Ableton loops/sopilka flute), Max Senitt (drums), Derek Gray (percussion), Dan Minchom (bass), Anh Phung (flute), KC Roberts (guitar), and more.
DoVira’s electro trio “3”
DoVira has three releases out. Their first EP “Obrys” (or “Outline”) featured five re-imagined versions of Ukrainian folk songs, inspired by jazz and progressive rock. One of these early arrangements, ‘Yihav Kozak Mistom’ became popular on YouTube, celebrating over 100,000 views on YouTube.
DoVira’s second release was their full-length self-titled album “DoVira”, a darker exploration of the Ukrainian folk melody with more progressive elements, experimental sound-scapes, and other world music influences. The album featured DoVira’s original song “V Bij” (“To Battle”), an ode to those that lost their lives during the ‘Maidan’ government protests in Kyiv, Ukraine. The album highlighted nine exceptional world music guest artists, including Ed Hanley (tabla), Andrea Kuzmich (voice), and Ernie Tollar (woodwinds), and was coined “world fusion at its best” by Whole Note Magazine.
With their recent material, DoVira’s been exploring the electronic direction, experimenting further with live laptop triggering, vocal looping, sampling, and DJ effects. Their latest release, EP ‘III’ has been described as “some of the most interesting world folk-tronica being produced in the country” (URGNT,Shevchenko Foundation). The music, inspired by ancestral sounds and ambient electronica seamlessly fuses English with various Slavic languages to create a sound that embodies an experience of duality so familiar to Canadians. Stream EP ‘3’ now worldwide!
Going forward, Nastasia Y is diving further into the world of r&b, funk, and soul, to create her upcoming full-band release ‘Slavic Soul’, coming in 2021…