In her energetic performances singer, actress and composer Mariana Sadovska creates a fusion of avant-garde and folk music, where archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and emigrant chants from remote villages in rural Ukraine are transfigured into contemporary sound. Creating her own innovative compositions and arrangements in a dialogue with ancient traditions, Mariana approaches each piece with a fresh and uniquely personal vision.
Her first concerts of experimental and improvised music Mariana Sadovska produced in New York in 2001 with musicians such as Anthony Coleman, Michael Alpert, Frank London and Victoria Hanna. In 2002 she released her first CD, Songs I Learned in Ukraine (Global Village Records). She appeared in concerts and workshops in the Public Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Princeton, Harvard, NY University, and Symphony Space New York.
After moving to Germany, Sadovska founded her band Borderland. Together they appeared at the WDR Radio Hall, Festival TFF Rudolstadt, the Cologne Philharmonic Festival Musiktrienale at Alter Wartesaal, for SouthWest Radio at the Broadcasting Centre in Mainz, and in the world music series Klangkosmos NRW. In 2006, she and Borderland were awarded the Creole Award for World Music in NRW and in 2007 they were nominated for the Creole National Award.
..Mariana Sadovska plays with fire, bringing Ukrainian tradition into new musical territory…
Eastern European critics call her the ”Ukrainian Bjork”. In her energetic programmes, Mariana Sadovska – singer, actress and composer – creates a fusion of folk and avant-garde; archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and emigrant chants from remote villages in rural Ukraine are transfigured into contemporary sound.
Creating her own innovative compositions and arrangements in dialogue with ancient traditions, Mariana approaches each piece with a fresh and uniquely personal vision. Her vocal power and range even prompted the New York Times to compare her with rock star Polly Jean Harvey.
Long before Dakh Daughters arose to great acclaim with their irrepressibly wanton, avant gardist take on madly askew Cabaret, long before DakhaBrakha broke through with their daringly innovatory mix of ancient tradition and hyper-contemporary experiment…—or any number of other Ukrainian artists who have trod down paths of a similar ilk, Mariana Sadovska marked herself off as the pioneering Ukrainian artist who opened up all these trajectories in the first place.” musicofukraine.com