Ukraine’s Kommuna Lux Brings US Charity Tour to the Falcon in Hudson Valley and New York City’s Drom

Kommuna Lux, the acclaimed ‘Odesa Urban Folk’ band from Ukraine, is set to embark on a 30-city US charity tour this Summer, blending thrilling Klezmer and Ukrainian folk music to raise funds for humanitarian causes back home.  

Just as the streets of their hometown of Odesa are rich with nostalgia and a diverse, bohemian Black Sea coastal vibe, Kommuna Lux’s melodies are filled with dazzling rhythms, refreshing anarchy, and plenty of joie de vivre! These conservatory-trained musicians combine traditional Klezmer, Balkan, and Urban Chanson, with a dash of Ukrainian Folk and inject it with rocket fuel for a high-energy Big Band sound from the bygone days of speakeasies and rum runners.  

The first stretch of the tour will bring this unique ensemble to leading venues in the Hudson Valley, Upstate New York and New York City.  Performances will including Drom in NYC (June 21), Live at the Falcon in Marlboro (June 23), The Levitt/AMP Concert Series in Utica (June 24) and Ithaca’s Unitarian Church (June 25).

Leading Kommuna Lux is Bagrat Tsurkan, whose hot buttered voice and nonstop energy compel everyone to the dance floor. The remaining band, Volodymyr Gitin (clarinet), Oleg Vasianovich, (accordion), Andrei Okhramovich (trumpet), Yaroslav Besh (trombone), Viktor Kirilov (acoustic guitar), and Sergei Poltorak (percussion), miraculously manage to play with perfection while creating equally dizzying energy on stage. Watch an example of their live show here. 

Kommuna Lux has been fundraising at their shows since 2022 and raised $16,000 in donations on their fall 2023 US tour. They created KMLX, a 501-c3 charity, after their first US tour, ensuring that 100% of donations received at their concerts are used for humanitarian aid. Virtual donations can be made on the website

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