Vocal artist and composer Mariana Sadovska has traveled through the remote regions of rural Ukraine and eastern Europe for many years, searching for ancient songs, legends and rituals. Her performances bring together archaic voices and contemporary sounds, amplifying the echo of unknown worlds in the musical here and now.

In 2014 everything changed in Ukraine. Aggression in the Donbas region escalated to war. People are killed, forced to flee their homes, separated. In 2014 - 2016 Mariana traveled along the front lines in eastern Ukraine with aid transports, giving benefit concerts. Based on her journey and encounters with people in these forgotten corners, she has created a unique musical story, a solo performance which combines her singing and vocal experiments with field recordings, electronic sounds, folk songs and the poetry of war.

Vocals, keyboards, electronics: Mariana Sadovska. Sound design by Stefan Bohne. Artistic collaboration and support of Jörg Ritzenhoff, André Erlen, Virlana Tkach. Poetry by Serhij Zhadan and Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Special thanks to Iryna Kriuchenko, the founder of folk ensemble “Zahraiyarochka” from Volnovakha.

“The Night Is Just Beginning” was premiered in December 2016 at the Ukrainian Museum in New York and was produced by Yara Arts Group.

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