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With over sides to his credit, Pawlo was a major force in ethnic music until his death in Listen for the deeply soulful vocals of Naszra Roza Krasnowska on several songs. Folk Afro latinos in nyc from the western regions of Ukraine, the Cartpathians, and the Ukrainian-speaking areas of what is today eastern Slovakia and Poland, but once comprised a wide geographical area of Ukraine, known as Halychyna Galicia.
Music not only played prior to WWI, but still occasionally performed today - on both sides of the Atlantic. If you want to own the second best known "King" in the music world, get the wonderful Pawlo Humeniuk CD. Though a few of the songs include some pretty goofy-sounding vocals especially by the woman!
He incorporated sounds from all over Ukraine, with nuances from neighboring countries clearly represented like Hungarian-style csardases. But he shares with them an important legacy of recordings, and most of them bear witness to the depth and broad scope of his work. Though he lived a full eighty years, biographical details are few.
He died on 24 Januaryand we may infer from his age that he was born in He arrived in the United States aroundaccording to another brief article, which also states that he studied privately in New York with a Professor Makhnovetsky, a graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory.
Surma Book and Music Co, A statement that he founded an ensemble which was popular at weddings and concerts is probably true only in part.
The shifting instrumentation suggests that he worked both record dates and social functions with musicians available at the moment, rather than maintaining a Afro latinos in nyc group. Myron Surmach remembers that Humeniuk was a skilled instrument maker and repairer, and an early undated catalogue of violins from the Homenick Brothers Violin Shop printed bilingually in Ukrainian and Polish bears this out.
Myron Surmach himself is a figure of interest and importance in the history of Ukrainian music in America. His story is documented at length albeit in Ukrainian only in his autobiography, History of my Surma Bookstore. Born in Galicia inSurmach followed an older brother to America injoining him in the anthracite mines in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
Soon he graduated to work in a carriage shop, earning extra income by selling Ukrainian prayer books and calendars door to door. Over the years he became increasingly involved with publishing, wholesaling and retailing sheet music and, bybecoming involved in record retailing as well.
As his business grew, he developed friendships with record company executives and eventually music on Ukrainian-American recordings became a strong reflection of Myron Surmach's judgements of his community's musical tastes.
At first the records were relatively formal performances of standard popular material and folksongs, usually sung by trained voices with studio orchestras. The records were not a reflection of the tastes of the real villagers of Surmach's generation who treasured their old world traditions, ceremonies and music, even as they were making radical adjustments to New World conditions.
Surmach and Humeniuk met in the early twenties. One day in they were informally visiting in the bookshop when a representative from Okeh Records came in. The company had been trying without notable success to activate a line of Ukrainian discs, drawn from Odeon masters produced in Europe.
There was no village music on these records and the man said that he would like to record musicians who could play it. Surmach introduced Humeniuk to Okeh on the spot; Okeh followed up by scheduling a session on December 3.
The energetic quartet Humeniuk assembled turned in a pair of kolomyikas and two kozachoks.
All four were also released as horas in Okeh's Romanian series as the Orchestra Nationala Din Sibiureflecting a practice of recycling instrumental music from one ethnic series to another prevalent among all major companies at the time. The records sold well, despite the fact that Okeh was still recording acoustically.
But its rival, Columbia, was a licensee of the Western Electric process which was of critical importance in the faithful reproduction of violin music.
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An initial Humeniuk session in March was unsuccessful and four new instrumentals two polkas, a kozachok and a kolomyika were remade a month later. Columbia already had an active Ukrainian series whose star was the earthy actor and comic baritone Ewgen Eugene Zukowsky.
His broad humour and double entendres were viewed with alarm by Ukrainian yuppies of the day, but his folksy charm appealed to a large number of others. Zukowsky and Humeniuk were a natural team and they joined forces to create a cameo version of an old world wedding on the two sides of a twelve-inch record.
On Ukrainske Wesilia a gruff father gives away the weeping bride played by Nasza Roza Krasnowska as the priest intones and the fiddle plays.
It was so evocative, according to Myron Surmach, that people of many nationalities bought the record Co Feven when they didn't understand Ukrainian. Claims for total sales of betweentohave been made, though no documents exist to support them.
Still, the disc does turn up often and Columbia kept it in print until the 'fifties. Its success vindicated Surmach's judgement and made a star of a good country fiddler.This shopping feature will continue to load items.
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