performer, composer, curator
Olesya Zdorovetska is a performer, composer and curator, fluent in a diverse range of disciplines and working internationally across numerous fields of activity.
As a solo performer and collaborator she crosses the fields of improvised, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary classical, traditional 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.
She is a 2022 recipient of the Markievicz Award.
Other work and awards include a DEIS award for ‘Ceol na n-Uisci’ with The Water Project / Iarla ÓLionáird, an Independent Music Award (US) with Dislocados, multiple awards for ‘Remnants’ with London 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’, Arts Council of Ireland Music Bursary Award; European tours of ‘Telling Sounds’, ‘Niemandsland’ and ‘Dead Poets’ projects; ‘The Great Hunger’ at IMMA with the Abbey Theatre, ‘The Tin Soldier’ by Theatre Lovett and The Gate Theatre, Nick Roth’s opera ‘Xenia - Part II’ at the Bealtaine Festival, ‘Tundra’ for Emma Martin at the Dublin Dance Festival; solo performance at International Literature Festival Dublin, ‘Victoria’ at the European Centre for Solidarity in Gdansk, ‘Crann’ for tree voices at IMRAM festival and International Medellin Poetry Festival, IMC ‘Piece by Piece’ and ‘Blind Date’ Series; performances with Satoko Fujii Big Orchestra (JP-UA), Yurodny Ensemble, ‘The Docks’, Conor Guilfoyle’s Salsa Band, Kyiv Big Band; sound design for new poetic film by Olga Povoroznyk ‘Port De Born’, the documentary by Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko 'An Aquarium inthe Sea, The Story of the New York Group of Poets' and BAFICI award for scoring Dónal Foreman’s new feature film ‘The Cry of Granuaile’.
She is a founder of the Ukrainian-Irish Cultural Platform and co-curator and producer with Christodoulos Makris of Phonica, a platform for new music and poetry in Dublin.