MEU June 2021 newsletter

MEU June 2021 newsletter

After an eventful June 2021 we can finally confirm that the festival season has revived. Although the pandemic makes its own adjustments — all music lovers should be grateful even for the slightest chances to see their favorite musicians playing on stage as usual.

Such a successful example could be this year’s Leopolis Jazz Fest that took place in Lviv — Ukraine’s jazz capital for the past years. Unbelievable, but during 5 festival days, 200 musicians from 18 countries performed on Leopolis’ stages. Visitors were prompted to do express tests right next to the festival points free of charge, allowing to enjoy the music without masks. What a relief, especially in the summertime! Visitors were prompted to do express tests right next to the festival points free of charge, allowing to enjoy the music without masks. What a relief, especially in the summertime!
 
This year’s headliners featured such legends as Kamasi Washington, Seal, Chris Botti, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as beloved Ukrainian artists like Pianoboy and a handful of rising jazz talents. ‘In terms of finances, this is the most expensive year: highest artist fees, infrastructure costs and this whole COVID story’ — states the promoter of the event Alexey Kogan. Well, it was definitely worth it! 
 
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But not only festivals bring joy to music people. Actually, it’s been a while since we touched the topic of technology in music. And of course, we couldn’t pass by the Music Tech Weekend, which took place this month. The aim of the hackathon was to find new ideas and technological solutions in the music and cultural spheres that are able to develop the industry and adapt to the needs in the pandemic period.

Out of 40 startups, the jury awarded a $3000 prize to the most promising one — Thepick, a social network for finding music through the recommendations of influencers & friends. Good luck to the winners and other participants, let’s upgrade the music industry together.
 
 
Lastly, the last episode of the documentary series SPALAKH devoted to the new popular music of Ukraine was premiered on June 18th. The work on this series has taken almost all of 2020 by the team of music media Slukh. With more than 100 interviews filmed, SPALAKH (translated as ‘spark’) tells the story about the new Ukrainian culture and its contributors.

Each episode covers a specific topic such as music videomaking, movies, local clothing brands, and finally — music. The series shows the new generation of young creatives who managed to reach world-class quality and became the driving force for the whole creative sector. Don't forget to turn on the English subtitles and enjoy!