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Founded in 2007 by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, the Yurodny Ensemble perform contemporary interpretations of traditional music from around the world alongside new work by composers inspired by these traditions.

Oleg Ponomarev - violin 
Adrian Hart - violin
Cora Venus Lunny - violin, viola 
Kate Ellis - cello 
Nick Roth - saxophones
Colm O’Hara - trombone 
Francesco Turrisi - keyboards, percussion 
Dave Redmond - double bass 
Phil Macmullan - drums

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'This is huge and absolutely glorious. The spirit of a Zappa big band, but with Ukrainian traditional music in Ireland. 
[Haivka] more than my thesaurus can come up with enough words to describe. It's wild, it's big, it's constantly changing...passion, loss and agony, intense, massively vivid, moving wonderfulness.'  

Haivka (Spring Song) is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Ukrainian music. The project features four leading Ukrainian guest artists and a major new commission from composer Alla Zagaykevych – Sounds of Signs, which was inspired by the ancient Irish Ogham alphabet and the traditional folk singing culture of the northern Polissia region of Ukraine.

Recorded in the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Haivka is the latest development of the Yurodny SciLens Project – incorporating the design and build of new analog and virtual sensor interfaces that map physical gestures in real time and creating new possibilities for responsive live electroacoustic environments.

Released April 8, 2016 
Produced by Nick Roth for Diatribe Records, Dublin 
Yurodny SciLens was funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Culture Ireland 
Haivka is presented with funding from the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme, managed by Music Network 
Alla Zagaykevych's 'Zvuky Znakiv' was commissioned by Yurodny Ensemble and the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Featuring: Iryna Klymenko,Susanna Karpenko,Olesya Zdorovetska,Alla Zagaykevych,Dan Trueman,Emma O’Halloran,David Collier,Rachel Ní Chuinn and Alex Dowling.


Mamoru Fujieda's ‘Hi-Miwari’ is a collaboration between one of Japan's foremost living experimental composers and the Yurodny Ensemble. A re-interpretation of a text from Lafcadio Hearn's seminal 'Kwaidan', the work forms a part of Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants series, which uses data generated by the electrostatic impulses in plant leaves as the source of its musical material. 

The Irish premiere of the micro-opera for voice, violin, cello, harp, soprano saxophone, accordion and piano took place in Dublin's Severed Head Gallery on December 9th 2011.

Olesya Zdorovetska – voice
Nick Roth – saxophones
Cora Venus Lunny – violin
Kate Ellis – cello
Dermot Dunne – accordion
Catriona McKay – harp
Izumi Kimura - piano