Korinya ("roots" in English), began as a family band in 2005. It has since developed into a young, contemporary folk band that presents Ukrainian folk music with a fresh, grassroots sound. Hear the voices of the steppes, the cheerful melody of the sopilka, and the soulful fiddle-playing that tie this band to their roots. Members include Sana Shepko (violin), Zoya Shepko (accordion), Alina Kuzma (vocals), and Nick Hladio (double bass).
The band has performed several times in Ukraine, including a charity tour in 2010, where they traveled to orphanages and convalescent homes. This trip was followed by another in 2012, where Korinya won first place at the Boyko Festival. Korinya performs at festivals, weddings and other events across Canada and the US, including the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival, the Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, and the Capital Ukrainian Festival in Ottawa. Korinya has performed at LaMama Experimental Theatre of New York City, and has been the featured party band at Kosa Kolektiv's Malanka in Toronto as well as the Cleveland Malanka in Ohio. The group has two full-length studio albums: Korinya (2013), and Zemlya (2017), a live recording album: En Route Tour 2019, and is in the process of recording a new studio album for release in 2020. You can find Korinya's music on CD Baby, Google Play, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes.
2019 live album releaseKorinya Folk Band began its inaugural North American tour on July 19 in New York City, and the eight-city tour concluded in Toronto on July 27. En Route forwarded the band’s mission to bend the traditions of Ukrainian folk music and create a new grassroots sound. En Route Tour 2019: Live at Drom Taberna captures the band's final concert of the tour, recorded and mastered by Oleksander Petlura and mixed by Ivan Dusanowskyj.
2016 album release
Our band’s members were all born into a thriving Ukrainian diaspora community. Most of us were raised on tapes of the world music trend of the 90s, featuring many Klezmer, Celtic, Slavic, and Roma artists, and on the homophonic music we’d sing in church. While there are many Ukrainian community choirs and heavily-electronic party bands, the acoustic, ‘village flavor’ that many associate with Ukraine’s folk music is largely missing outside the country’s borders. Korinya began in 2005 as a family band, with the idea to marry acoustic instruments, folk and fun together in the way that would have been enjoyed by our community and its ancestors. Although we now perform songs from other musical traditions and are inspired by modern musicians and our classical training, Korinya remains ‘Korinya Ukrainian Folk Band’ as a testament to the in-depth cultural understanding it has of the pieces we rejuvenate with our own sound.