‘Zdorovetska’s stage presence transformed the poetry into more than just singing; it was theatre, and the emotion was raw.. certainly her voice struck a chord with the audience; every act was finished off with hearty applause which filled the large room.’– Alexandra de Stanford Wallitt, London Review
Olesya Zdorovetska is a powerful and innovative voice in new music, fluent in a diverse range of disciplines and working internationally across numerous fields of activity.
As a solo artist and collaborator she crosses the fields of improvised, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary classical and experimental music, and regularly composes for film and theatre. Since moving to Dublin in 2011 Olesya has rapidly become a dynamic and active figure on the Irish music scene, with key projects including her curation of the Phonica series, quickly established as a beacon amongst new outward-looking platforms, and her work with Diatribe Records on the critically-acclaimed Haivka recording by Yurodny Ensemble.
Other recent work and awards includes a DEIS award for ‘Ceol na n-Uisci’ with The Water Project / Iarla Ó Lionáird, an Independent Music Award (US) with Dislocados, multiple awards for ‘Remnants’ with London-based Erratica Theatre, Arts Council of England / PRS / MSBF awards for ‘Arvoles Lloran por Lluvia’ with Sefiroth Ensemble, an Asylum Arts award with Asya Gefter for the multimedia project ‘Fragments of Memory’; European tours of ‘Telling Sounds’, ‘Niemandsland’ and ‘Dead Poets’ projects; Nick Roth’s opera ‘Xenia - Part II’ at the Bealtaine Festival, ‘Tundra’ for Emma Martin at the Dublin Dance Festival; performances with Satoko Fujii Big Orchestra (JP-UA), Yurodny Ensemble, Conor Guilfoyle’s Salsa Band, Kyiv Big Band, ‘The Docks’ and ‘Caminos’.
Olesya is a founder of the UICP (Ukrainian-Irish Cultural Platform) and co-curator (with Christodoulos Makris) of Phonica, an experimental music and poetry platform in Dublin.
‘Zdorovetska's solo performance was an emotional and intellectual explosion’– Evgenia Nesterovich, European Capital of Culture 2016
On The Docks - “The glowing edge of the Dublin creative music scene.."– Irish Times