EuroMaidan demonstrations began in Ukraine on Nov. 21, 2013 triggered by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to abandon closer ties with the European Union and a commitment to human rights. The demonstrations turned deadly on Jan. 22 2014, when protesters were killed by gunshot during a police assault on the crowd.
My friend and colleague Taras Lewyckyj, who is the artistic director of the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Philadelphia, and I were compelled to create this video on December 11 after a horrible night of violence in Ukraine. Without much sleep we spent two days creating this video. The song was recorded in Philadelphia at a performance Taras produced in September 2012 and part of a documentary we are currently producing about art and politics. The musical artists are from Kirovohrad, Ukraine. The musical arrangement and words were created thru a commission by Voloshky.
We pray for our friends in Ukraine.