Julian Kytasty


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Julian Kytasty is an American composer, singer, kobzar, bandurist, flute player and conductor of Ukrainian descent. His first studies were in the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, in which his father, uncles and grandfather played in and conducted before him. He has been a resident of New York since 1980. He moved there to found the New York Bandura Ensemble, and began a career as a solo artist and bandura teacher that has taken him all over the world, from the Inuit lands to Patagonia.

With a Masters degree in music from Concordia University (Composition, Theory and Voice) in Montreal, Julian’s original compositions and arrangements have entered the standard repertoire of bandurists around the world. A frequent speaker on the bandura and its tradition, Julian has been a guest lecturer at many universities including Yale, Harvard, Wesleyan, and the University of California.

He has also created and conducted avant-garde music for instrumental groups, choirs, and incidental music for dance and theatrical performances, notably for New York's Yara Arts Group.

Julian has recorded for London's November Music label: Black Sea Winds - Music of the Kobzari of Ukraine. He also has collaborated with Canadian singer Alexis Kochan and their ensemble Paris to Kyiv, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Mariana Sadovska, Brave Old World and has recorded with his own group The Experimental Bandura Trio.

In 2003 he recorded a solo interpretation on the bandura of a John Zorn's composition ("Kadmut") which can be found on the third volume of the Masada 10 Years Special Edition entitled "The Unknown Masada" (Tzadik 7181).

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