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Name: Stepan Pasicznyk
Skills: Accompanist, Arranger, Composer, Player, Singer, Soloist, Studio recording (Proficient in the use of Cool Edit Pro & Cubase recording software)
Phone: +44 (0)20 8440 7899
Address: 60 Cranbrook Road, Herts EN4 8UW, United Kingdom
Links: Website     E-mail
The Ukes is a British Ukrainian band formed by Stepan Pasicznyk formerly of Wedding Present spin off The Ukrainians. It plays traditional Ukrainian music, in a folk rock style, and also traditional style Ukrainian dance "Zabava" music. Concert appearances to date have been in the UK, Canada, France, and Germany.

As well as having recorded more traditional Ukrainian music and original songs about Ukraine in Ukrainian and English since leaving The Ukrainians, Stepan Pasicznyk also works as a session musician, having recorded on projects produced by Justin Sullivan of New Model Army, Phil Manzanera, guitarist of Roxy Music, and "Swill" Odgers of British Punk/Folk Group The Men They Couldn't Hang 's latest release "Elvis Lives Here" with his "Swagger Band". He sessioned on the last release by Ukrainian American duet Darka and Slavko before they parted company.

Other previous Ukrainian musical activity included playing accordion for Reading based Traditional Dance ensemble Metelyk and a year with Ukrainian male voice choir Bulava. He plays with UK Waltham Cross based Ukrainian Dance and general function band Zhnyva. He has translated songs from Ukrainian into English for Ukrainian artist Lessia Horova, and recorded an English version of Razom Nas Bahato, Ukraine's Orange Revolution anthem by Greenjolly. Some of his other musical and media exploits include incidental music for BBC TV's Soccer enthusiasts show Row Z, preparing musical arrangement for a London Theatre production "Husbands and Lovers" by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar, and recording introductory music for Canadian British Columbia longest running Ukrainian radio show, Nash Holos.



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