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Zustrich Svitanku

by Iskra

Danceable Ukrainian folk and pop songs, as well as several original songs by band members, featuring three part vocal harmony, elaborate instrumental arrangements, including synthesizers and special effects.
Genre: World: Eastern European
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vyazanka Narodnykh Pisen
4:04 $0.99
2. Podaruy Meni Nizhnist
4:09 $0.99
3. Marusia Harna / Ivanku
2:11 $0.99
4. Ne Shumy Kalynonko
3:45 $0.99
5. Tsvite Teren
3:16 $0.99
6. Kozak
1:50 $0.99
7. Iskra
3:20 $0.99
8. Prelude / Daj Meni Sertse
4:29 $0.99
9. Khmeliu Prelude / Khmeliu
3:05 $0.99
10. Mamo
4:39 $0.99
11. Liudy
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
During the course of their nine year run from 1977-1986, New York based “Iskra” was one of the most popular and influential Ukrainian dance bands in North America. Traveling coast to coast across the United States and Canada, “Iskra” consistently filled dance halls and festival venues everywhere between New York and Los Angeles in the U.S., and Montreal and Edmonton north of the border. Their extensive and eclectic repertoire drew from the deep well of Ukrainian folklore, pop hits and standards by Ukrainian songwriters, as well as original compositions by the band members.

“Zustrich Svitanku” (English translation: “Greeting the Dawn”), “Iskra’s” second album, was released in 1981, and demonstrated the band’s desire to push the envelope and experiment, particularly in their markedly increased deployment of synthesizers and special effects (as in “Kozak”, “Mamo” and “Liudy”). The signature three part harmony vocal style was still a staple of “Iskra’s” sound, as were the distinctive Ukrainian folk song arrangements that contributed to the band’s initial success and notoriety. “Zustrich Svitanku” featured four original compositions by band members Oles Kuzyszyn (“Iskra”, “Daj Meni Sertse” and “Liudy”) and Jaroslaw Palylyk (“Kozak”).

“Iskra” was Oles Bundziak (bass guitar, guitar), Bohdan Kuzyszyn (drums, percussion, guitar, vocals), Oles Kuzyszyn (keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Jaroslaw Palylyk (keyboards, accordion, vocals). The album was originally engineered by Mark Sydorak and mixed by Mark Sydorak and Richard Nagle at ElectroNova Productions. This digital re-issue was remastered by Slau Halatyn at BeSharp Studios, and is dedicated to the memory of our bandmate Oles Bundziak (1959-2010).



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