Ukrainian-German trio fascinates with live film performance on New Year’s Eve Trio Jukolika impresses in concert film with Fazil Say

The makers of the German concert film series “WeLive” have bid farewell to the year 2021 with a fascinating video. On New Year’s Eve, the Lahr Rockwerkstatt and the punchline studio released a video of the classical and electro trio Jukolika, formed especially for the film, which was produced with 15 cameras at the Parktheater Lahr. The German DJ Julian Maier-Hauff, jazz pianist Konrad Hinsken and the Ukrainian pianist Anzhelika Kovalenko impress with an electronic arrangement of the piece “Black Earth (Kara Toprak)” by the contemporary Turkish composer Fazil Say. The performance can now be admired on YouTube.

“It was a great experience to be in front of the camera with two such great electronic artists”, — says a delighted Anzhelika Kovalenko, who received her classical pianist education at the Mykola Lysenko National Academy in Lviv. Kovalenko, Maier-Hauff and Hinsken had rehearsed the performance especially for WeLive, which consists of a live remix of the piece and a piano solo arising from it.

In this way, the trio builds up a dense carpet of sound until the original “Black Earth” slowly and ever more noticeably emerges from the electronic-jazzy foundation created by Julian Maier-Hauff through improvisations by Konrad Hinsken, which Kovalenko presents with great passion on the piano as a solo performance. The fact that the film itself was shot in only one take makes the trio’s performance all the more remarkable. Without a net or double bottom, the ensemble plays itself into a frenzy and takes the audience on a journey into a world between classical and modern.

“The fact that, despite the pandemic, there is an initiative like WeLive that links completely different artists in such an elaborate film production was really a stroke of luck for us”, — Kovalenko expresses her gratitude and is at the same time pleased about the harmonious collaboration with Maier-Hauff and Hinsken. No wonder, then, that the trio Jukolika is already planning new projects.

In 2022, the artists would like to bring the programme “Debussy—Sound Trip” to the stage. “The work for WeLive with the fusion of classical and electro inspired us to do this,” says Anzhelika Kovalenko. Now the musicians are hoping that the normal concert schedule can finally start again. Until then, all concertgoers can watch the trio’s first performance as a video on the WeLive YouTube channel.

Infobox WeLive:

The cultural initiative “WeLive” from Germany was founded in 2020 by the non-profit association Lahrer Rockwerkstatt e.V., the media production company punchline studio and the Schlachthof Jugend&Kultur Lahr. The concert film series presents musicians of various genres in elaborate concert films in front of ten to 15 cameras. The productions take place in changing locations throughout Germany. The brothers Pirmin and Maik Styrnol from punchline studio are the directors. The WeLive makers have already received the German Rock&Pop Award and the Alternative Media Award for their cultural support in Corona times.


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The Claquers is a Ukrainian online magazine devoted to classical music that unites a group of music critics with the mission to foster a critical conversation about art music in Ukraine and beyond. The Claquers organization was founded in June 2020 by musicologist Stas Nevmerzhytskyi and three colleagues: musicologist Dzvenyslava Safian, music theorist Liza Sirenko, and cultural critic Oleksandr Ostrovskyi.

The publication’s provocative name suggests the context in which The Claquers was conceived. After two previous generations of proactive critics who had careers in education and cultural promotion, classical music criticism was limited to either positive reviews or no reviews at all. A fresh and uncensored eye on events in classical music life in Ukraine was needed to shake up the musical community and complete the country’s classical music ecosystem.

Unlike in western Europe and North America, art music audiences in Ukraine are much younger. The collective of writers with The Claquers is also young, and has taken on the task of explaining to these new listeners why a long tradition of classical music in Ukraine exists, and how it became a part of today’s cultural life. As a group The Claquers considers its main goals: to educate about contemporary classical Ukrainian music, to build bridges with popular culture by publishing about diverse musical genres and other arts (such as music in literature or in film), to expand the critical tools of music criticism with audio podcasts, and to cultivate audiences abroad via an English version of the website.

The Claquers was made possible by generous funding that enabled its establishment and is sustained by the generosity of donors on Patreon. This singular and engaged Ukrainian online hub devoted to classical music continues to engage people in this music and invite new authors.

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1 comment

  1. So cool to read an article about WeLive in an ukrainian magazine! To work with Anzhelika, Julian and Konrad was amazing. Thanks for your support. Keep up your great work. 🙂

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