GANNA GRYNIVA

DUO with Tal Arditi

GANNA GRYNIVA voice, effects, composition

TAL ARDITI guitar

DUO with Julian Sartorius

GANNA GRYNIVA voice, effects, composition

JULIAN SARTORIUS drums, percussion

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GANNA ENSEMBLE

GANNA GRYNIVA    voice, effects, composition

ULI KEMPENDORFF / PHILIPP GROPPER   tenor sax

POVEL WIDESTRAND   piano

TOM BERKMANN   bass

MATHIAS RUPPNIG   drums

One of the most impressive singers and musicians on the European jazz and world music scene.

Mirjam Jessa

On Tour – available dates

Solo: on request
Duo with Tal Arditi: July 4-7 2024 | October 24-27 2024 | May 8-11 2025
Duo with Julian Sartorius: November 21 – December 1 2024 | February 12-16 2025
Ensemble: February 10 – 16 2025 | April 21 – 27 2025 | October 13 – 19 2025

SOLO

For the native UkrainianGanna Gryniva old folk songs from her homeland are a matter close to her heart – and a real musical treasure trove. Her critically acclaimed album “Home” (with GANNA Ensemble) already attracted attention with its emotionally charged, jazz-coloured arrangements – for example, Bayerischer Rundfunk called “Home” “(…) certainly an album of the year, poignant, powerful, magnificently sung and played!”.

The now released follow-up “Kupala”, on which Gryniva works with loops, samples and other effects, sounds much more electronic. Here, too, the Berliner-by-choice cleverly combines different sensory worlds from jazz to Ukrainian folk and experimental music, always with a strong reference to the original themes of the Ukrainian singing tradition such as love, grief and the connection between everyday life and nature.

Time and again, she has travelled to her old homeland to rummage through archives for traditional folk songs and record her grandmothers and grandfathers singing. She now presents these finds in her solo pieces – in an extremely original way. On the album, produced together with Tomáš Kaspar from London, Gryniva is supported on some tracks by Swiss drummer Julian Sartorius. When listening, it quickly becomes clear that the technique used is not an end in itself, but serves to emphasise the pulse of the music – as on the winter ballad “Hanya” or the love song „Obrutch“.

Ganna likes songs that radiate optimism and joie de vivre, and on her solo album she has accentuated and elaborated this energy in a completely different way.

Two pieces from “Kupala” can also be heard in the award-winning documentary film “Life after Butscha” (Grimme Prize 2023), which deals with Russian war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Butscha. The film’s director, Mila Teshaieva, was so impressed by Gryniva’s music that she used two pieces for the documentary.Gryniva: “Lebidonka” is about Cossacks defending their country while their relatives pray at home that they will return home unharmed. And “Misto” is a love song. In general, this is an extremely powerful and, in a way, challenging film. On the one hand, because it grips the audience and confronts them with great sadness. On the other hand, because it shows in a touching way how strong the survivors are mentally and how they support each other in the rebuilding process.“

Together with filmmaker Peter Bräunig, Gryniva has also completed her own documentary film “Spivanka”. The film conveys impressions of her trip to Ukraine in 2018: “There are scenes in which I talk to old women who sing to me and tell me their life stories”. The film penetrates deep into the soul of Ukrainian folk music – thanks to its protagonists, who remember the music of their childhood and preserve it in their memories by passing it on orally. It is these images and scenes that emphasise the independent and autonomous identity of the Ukrainian people. “Spivanka” was shown as part of the “WOMEX music expo” 2023, which took place in A Coruña/Spain at the end of October.

Ganna’s new album presents a completely different musical approach to her quintet album, but it is in any case a confirmation of her dedication, versatility and brilliance and a further expression of love and hope.

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DUO WITH TAL ARDITI

Two protagonists of the Berlin music scene, Ganna Gryniva and Tal Arditi, create an unexpected world of colour. They improvise playfully and with great joy on old Ukrainian folk songs and their own compositions. We can look forward to an “expressive, incredibly diverse duo, equally intense and entertaining” (DLF Kultur).

Tal Arditi is a Berlin-based, Israeli-born guitarist, composer, singer and songwriter. At the age of 16, he studied at the renowned Jazz Institute programme at Rimon Music University in Tel Aviv, graduating two years later and moving to Berlin shortly afterwards. Tal has already established himself both in the local Berlin music scene and internationally as a celebrated guitarist, composer and musical heavyweight. In the summer of 2022, Tal was invited to play a full show with two members of the legendary band The Rolling Stones.

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DUO WITH JULIAN SARTORIUS

Julian Sartorius is a versatile drummer, percussionist and artist who creates unique soundscapes with sounds from found objects and prepared instruments. His musical approach combines organic nuances with electronic elements in an impressive way. In addition to releasing several solo albums, he also devotes himself to audiovisual art projects and performs both in intimate settings and on festival stages. His training at renowned jazz schools has shaped his independent style, which is reflected in projects such as the “Beat Diary” box set and the “Morphblog” series. The latest album, “Hidden Tracks: Basel – Genève”, was born out of a journey in which he recorded sounds and textures from the surrounding area. Sartorius has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and can also be heard on albums by well-known artists. His live performances have taken him to stages in North and South America, Asia and Europe, where he has performed with renowned artists such as Marc Ribot and Arto Lindsay.

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GANNA ENSEMBLE

She came to Germany from Ukraine with her parents in 2002 at the age of 13. Today she is one of the most impressive singers on the German jazz and world music scene. Her recently released album is called “Home” – full of captivatingly beautiful songs in sophisticated arrangements. A jazz highlight of the year, says Roland Spiegel from the Bayerischer Rundfunk:

“A mood and a voice that immediately captivate. A gentle forward thrust of sounds. A – still – quiet celebration of the moment. A blossoming. It is the voice of singer Ganna Gryniva. Her new album “Home” begins with a song about spring. A folk song from the country from which Ganna Gryniva once came to Germany, Ukraine. You can hardly sing more beautifully about spring than she does here. Those shimmering colours in her voice. The flexibility of her singing. And this naturalness. These notes are like the gentle and ever firmer touches of a dance. And yet this is a song full of symbolic power at this time of year. Because spring is the season after a hard winter. The powerful new beginning after difficult months.

Behind the singer there is also an excellent band: the saxophonist Philip Gropper, the Swedish pianist Povel Widestrand, the bassist from Bavaria Tom Berkmann and the Austrian percussionistMathias Ruppnig. A strong team for very expressive music.

One of the highlights of the album is a song about a mother and her son saying goodbye before he goes off to war. He asks her for forgiveness in case he doesn’t come back alive. It is a folk song that gained prominence in the winter of 2013-2014, when over a hundred people lost their lives following the violent suppression of protests against pro-Russian policies. It became a requiem for the victims. In 2022, this Ukrainian song is one of the most frequently sung.

One of the highlights of the album is a song about a mother and her son saying goodbye before he goes off to war. He asks her for forgiveness in case he doesn’t come back alive. It is a folk song that gained prominence in the winter of 2013-2014, when over a hundred people lost their lives following the violent suppression of protests against pro-Russian policies. It became a requiem for the victims. In 2022, this Ukrainian song is one of the most frequently sung.

Roland Spiegel, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Ganna Gryniva (*1989) wuchs nahe Kiev auf und zog mit 13 Jahren mit ihren Eltern nach Deutschland. Die seit 2013 in Berlin lebende Sängerin, Komponistin, Pianistin und Aktivistin entfaltetihre verschiedenen kulturellen Wurzeln in der Musik. Sie setzt sich aktiv dafür ein, das kulturelle Erbe aus der Ukraine zu verbreiten. Im GANNA-Quintett und in ihrem Soloprogramm für Loops und Elektronik verbindet sie Jazz mit ukrainischer Folklore, Klassik und experimenteller Musik und hat auf diese Art und Weise eine ganz eigene Form gefunden, das alte Liedgut weiterzugeben.2019 schloss Ganna ihr Jazzstudium an der Musikhochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar ab, wo sie bei Michael Schiefel, Jeff Cascaro und Frank Möbus studierte. Außerdem hat sie einen Bachelor of Arts in Philosophie an der Universität Leipzig.