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In Memory Of​.​.​.

by Oleksandr Demianenko

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Though recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022, Oleksandr Demianenkoโ€™s ๐ผ๐‘› ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘‚๐‘“... cassette very much serves as a meditation on the importance of preserving art, culture and roots at a time when war threatens to erase all of them. Dedicated to the memory of the late Olga Fedoseevna Sergeeva (1922-2002), a folk artist whose voice is featured in legendary director Andrei Tarkovskyโ€™s 1983 film ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘Ž, Demianenko immerses tape-looped snippets of Sergeevaโ€™s singing - culled from field recordings made in her village - in layers of synthesizers and pedals. The result is an invocational auditory experience that, bridging the worlds of traditional folk music and modern ambient, coaxes Sergeevaโ€™s spirit out of the past and into our tumultuous present. The fact that Demianenko used first-takes exclusively only intensifies the living presence already embedded in this striking music.

At the same time, ๐ผ๐‘› ๐‘€๐‘’๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘‚๐‘“... contains deeply personal dimensions for Demianenko. โ€œAs a child, I spent a lot of time in my homeland. I often heard the folk singing of my grandmother and her friends,โ€ he says. โ€œTo me, [this music] is also a fond memory of my childhood and adolescence in my native village in the forests of Ukraine.โ€ So while the pieces certainly exude the aforementioned somberness, theyโ€™re also gently pastoral and heartening reminders of a homeland and Demianenkoโ€™s love for Ukraine.

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In addition to composing music, Oleksandr Demianenko - currently residing in Tbilisi, Georgia - is a prolific photographer and painter. To date, he has recorded for a handful of labels, including his own Giraffe Tapes imprint. As for those who may wish to research the legacy of Sergeeva more deeply, her beautifully mesmerizing folk songs are collected on a string of albums and anthologies, many of them dating back to the โ€™70s.

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released July 26, 2022

Recorded by Oleksandr Demianenko in one take
Audio finalized by Glyn Maier
Source 120mm photograph for design by Oleksandr Demianenko
Design by RJM Vanderheyden

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