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Маньо Takes Manhattan

Маньо Takes Manhattan

The “Manyo” Family Band from Tiachiv, Ukraine visits New York City

Thus, the band is a unique musical time capsule– a connection to Transcarpathia’s more ethnically-diverse past. The band’s name (and much of their repertoire) stems from its founder and patriarch, Yuriy Yurovych Cherniavets, a violinist born in 1920 on the Romanian side of the Tysa River in the village of Little Tyachiv (Малий Тячів). … In this recording, Yura sings and plays the plyonka (плёнка/плівка = “film”), a circular piece of rigid, thin plastic packaging that is placed between the lower lip and front teeth, and pressed against the top lip to create a buzzing sound when blown.

Alushta, Crimea – Ukraine’s Coney Island

Alushta, Crimea – Ukraine’s Coney Island

With the fall semester rapidly approaching, my girlfriend and I had one last opportunity to visit Crimea before the summer weather subsided and our work began.  Unfortunately, due to the long train ride (about 30 hours) from western Ukraine to Crimea via Kyiv, it worked out so that we only had two full days there, so we focused on relaxing on the beach rather than visiting museums and famous sites.  Still, there proved to be plenty of weird and exotic…

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