Programs and Grants
American Music Series
The American Music Series was launched in September of 2009 with the aim of bringing excellent American performers to Ukraine to enhance connections and collaboration between U.S. and Ukraine artists and cultural institutions. Three concert tours have already taken place: the classical jazz group Ryan Cohen Quartet, with soul vocalist Cynthia Scott in October 2009, the New York jazz vocalist and group Arlee Leonard and Friends in May 2010 and bluesman Melvin Taylor in September 2010. The concerts have already been seen by more than 10,000 Ukrainians. The series will continue to explore American musical talent and genres with upcoming concerts, master classes and events.
For more on sponsorship opportunities please contact the cultural office of the American Embassy in Ukraine. Clearysm@state.gov; tel: (38044) 490–4066.
Folk Music Band “Tumbling Bones” Comes to Ukraine
November 19, 2014
The Tumbling Bones, an American traditional and folk music band based out of Portland, Maine, will be touring the South of Ukraine November 22-25, with concerts in Odesa, Kherson, and Mikolayiv. Part of the American Music Abroad program sponsored by the State Department, their concerts will showcase the diversity and richness of American music through a blending of styles and influences.
The group will perform on the following dates:
Odesa: November 22, 6:00 pm; Odesa Film Studios, UCINEMA Hall, 33 Frantsuzskiy Blvd.
Kherson: November 24, 7:00 pm; Concert Hall, Kherson Musical College, 39 Ushakova Street
Mykolaiv: November 25, 7:00 pm; Russian Drama Theater, 27 Admiralska Street
Admission is free to the public.
The Tumbling Bones are four young men inspired by old music. They play a mix of original compositions and traditional material that draws on bluegrass, pre-war folk, and a bit of the contemporary rock ‘n’ roll on which they were reared. They make their music with nothing but acoustic instruments, tap shoes, and, most of all, their voices. Pete Winne (guitar, foot percussion, vocals) and Jake Hoffman (banjo, upright bass, vocals) formed Tumbling Bones in Fall of 2010. The band’s debut album, Risk Not Your Soul (2011), went on to reach the top ten on the Roots Music Report’s folk radio chart. In Spring of 2013, they joined forces with songwriter and guitarist Kyle Morgan. This new line-up embarked on a six-month tour that culminated in a recording session in their home state of Maine. The band has made 2014 their best year yet with the addition of fiddle virtuoso Aaron Jonah Lewis, the release of their first full-length album, and tours and festival appearances in the United States, Ireland, Germany, and the UK. The band members continue to teach music in addition to performing.
On this tour, the Tumbling Bones have also visited Romania, Bulgaria and Georgia.
For more information about the group, check out tumblingbones.com