Canadian prairies have always been known as a land strong in Ukrainian
Heritage. Ukrainian folk music can be heard in every town and city from
TARAN, the newest Ukrainian-Canadian music ensemble, creates its own path playing traditional Ukrainian folk music with passion, enthusiasm and intensity.
TARAN continues the tradition of song with pride, taking melodies passed on from family and the Ukrainian community.† They approach each performance with youthful energy, carving out a unique niche in modern Ukrainian folk music.
Melodic traditional polkas are delivered with intensity that will make you want to dance the night away. Skillfully arranged acoustic music and beautiful vocals define the typical TARAN waltz, a highlight in the groupís rich repertoire.†
Of course, no Ukrainian party or zabava can be complete without the kolomeyka.† Dancers beware, as TARAN is known for playing marathon kolomeyky with an energy level that must be experienced live.
members of TARAN are between the
ages of 19 and 25, are from in and around
TARAN consists of: Katrusia Basarab (Vocals, Violin), Mark Shawarsky (Vocals), Nancy Sedo (Accordion), Steven Sirski (Drums), Andriy Michalchyshyn (Guitar), Taras Babiak (Bass) and Dobryan Tracz (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals).
TARAN is currently working on its first full-length studio CD
entitled, Moonlight, which will be
available in May of 2005.† Before Sunrise, a 6-song CD-EP demo, was
released in May 2004 and has received strong reviews and sales.† Songs from Before Sunrise have been played on many Ukrainian radio stations
summer of 2004, TARAN entertained
the crowds at zabavas at both
addition to Ukrainian polkas and waltzes, TARAN
has a deep and diverse musical repertoire, including covers of the Oldies (Presley,
the Beatles), Celtic-traditional (