performer, composer, curator
Olesya Zdorovetska is a powerful and innovative voice in new music, fluent in a diverse range of disciplines and working internationally across numerous fields of activity.
As a solo artist and collaborator she crosses the fields of improvised, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary classical and experimental music, and regularly composes for film and theatre.
Since moving to Dublin in 2011 Olesya has rapidly become a dynamic and active figure on the Irish music scene, with key projects including her curation of the Phonica series, quickly established as a beacon amongst new outward-looking platforms, and her work with Diatribe Records on the critically-acclaimed Haivka recording by Yurodny Ensemble.
Other recent work and awards includes a DEIS award for ‘Ceol na n-Uisci’ with The Water Project / Iarla Ó Lionáird, an Independent Music Award (US) with Dislocados, multiple awards for ‘Remnants’ with London-based Erratica Theatre, Arts Council of England / PRS / MSBF awards for ‘Arvoles Lloran por Lluvia’ with Sefiroth Ensemble, an Asylum Arts award with Asya Gefter for the multimedia project ‘Fragments of Memory’; European tours of ‘Telling Sounds’, ‘Niemandsland’ and ‘Dead Poets’ projects; Nick Roth’s opera ‘Xenia - Part II’ at the Bealtaine Festival, ‘Tundra’ for Emma Martin at the Dublin Dance Festival; performances with Satoko Fujii Big Orchestra (JP-UA), Yurodny Ensemble, Conor Guilfoyle’s Salsa Band, Kyiv Big Band, ‘The Docks’ and ‘Caminos’.
Olesya is a founder of the UICP (Ukrainian-Irish Cultural Platform) and co-curator (with Christodoulos Makris) of Phonica, an experimental music and poetry platform in Dublin.