On YNF Entertainment Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, Seeds of Peace by Volodymyr Solianyk and Dean Evenson is a testament to the creativity and power of the Ukrainian soul through decades of musical collaboration.
Seeds of Peace
During a Citizen Diplomacy artist tour to the former Soviet Union in 1987, Dean Evenson met Ukrainian jazz virtuoso Volodymyr Solianyk. At the time, the Cold War was still raging. Dean and Volodymyr rekindled their musical friendship while recording piano and flute tracks in the Soundings of the Planet studio when Volodymyr moved to the United States a few years ago. They have reconnected ever since the war in Ukraine and are currently releasing their collaborative album Seeds of Peace.
Dean and his wife Dudley had organized a group of artists to travel to the Soviet Union as citizen diplomats with the express purpose of meeting musicians and dancers and collaborating with them. At the time of the release of Seeds of Peace, Volodymyr had relocated to Norway to seek refuge from the war in Ukraine.
Volodymyr Solianyk and Dean Evenson
A local pianist started playing in a style that was more free-form and improvisational at that time. The Evensons realized that this Ukrainian man was playing their style of peaceful music as they stood in the wings and looked at each other. Dean and cellist Jonathan Kramer walked out onto the stage just as a Soviet drummer and bass player were getting ready to set up, and they had an instant band. As if practicing, the music came out and hey made their spontaneous debut in the Soviet Union when Dudley joined in with a hand harp.
The bravos and foot stomping of the crowd went wild. The high point was getting to know Volodymyr Solianyk, the piano player, and to start the first of a few exhibitions and accounts with him.
The following year, Soundings of the Planet released the album Music Makes the Snow Melt Down, which featured Soundings and Soviet musicians, including avant-garde performer Sergey Kuryokhin. They continued to record and perform in Russia and Ukraine. They were thrilled when Volodymyr was able to visit the United States and carry on the piano-flute collaborations that have resulted in the album Seeds of Peace many years later. With the conflict in Ukraine, Volodymyr has moved to Norway looking for asylum. Knowing that his family’s homeland would welcome asylum seekers fleeing war means a lot to Dean, who has strong Norwegian roots.
The Earth Resonance Frequency of 7.83 Hz is included in the music mix on Seeds of Peace, as it is in all of Dean Evenson’s peaceful music recordings. The Alpha/Theta state of the brainwaves, in which one is relaxed but still awake and aware, has this frequency.
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