Up­scale events to rock Kyiv

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - BY MARYNA I RKLIYENKO [email protected] Kyiv Post staff writer Maryna Irkliyenko can be reached at [email protected] kyivpost.com.

Kyiv is about to ex­pe­ri­ence a new level of fash­ion and mu­sic events. Oliver Kloes, a Ger­man event or­ga­nizer, is throw­ing a concert and a fash­ion show fea­tur­ing Amer­i­can iconic mu­si­cian Narada Walden. Ukrainian stars will per­form the great­est hits he wrote and pro­duced for Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and oth­ers.

The Fash­ion Rocks Kyiv has two parts -- a concert and fash­ion show - which will kick of on Oct. 11 and 12, re­spec­tively, in Ukraine’s cap­i­tal.

The se­lec­tion process of Ukrainian stars for the concert was not easy. A mul­ti­ple Grammy Award win­ner and pro­ducer of more than 10 in­ter­na­tional mu­sic hits, Walden spent time try­ing to find the right Ukrainian stars to per­form his hits in English.

While Walden was im­pressed with nu­mer­ous Ukrainian mu­si­cal tal­ents, he felt strong­est about Ja­mala, Ka­maliya (wife of Kyiv Post pub­lisher Mo­ham­mad Za­hoor), Hard Kiss, Al­lois (for­mer vo­cal­ist of Gor­chitza) and Vik­tor Ro­manchenko from X-fac­tor.

They will have an op­por­tu­nity to per­form some of the great­est in­ter­na­tional hits to­gether with Walden, who will play on drums, in­clud­ing “I Wanna Dance With Some­body” and “All the Man That I Need” by Whitney Hous­ton, I Don’t Wanna Cry” by Mariah Carey,

Va­leriy Be­bko “Free­way of Love” and “Jimmy Lee” by Aretha Franklin and many oth­ers.

Va­leriy Be­bko, pro­ducer and gui­tar player of Ukrainian band Hard Kiss, says they did not hes­i­tate when of­fered to par­tic­i­pate in the concert, which meant a chance to work with Walden. “Yu­lia, our vo­cal­ist loves Narada’s songs, she grew up on Whitney Hous­ton” said Be­bko. “It wasn’t hard to pre­pare, be­cause Yu­lia al­ready knew the songs.”

But no mat­ter how good the per­form­ers are, the concert doesn’t mean much with­out the crowd. “The qual­ity of the concert comes from a very good crowd,” says Kloes. “If you have good en­ergy in the crowd, then the mu­si­cians on the stage will feel the same en­ergy that forms a per­fect sym­bio­sis that you will re­mem­ber for the rest of your life.”

He says to en­sure that kind of at­mos­phere the ticket price comes at a fairly low level of Hr 190 ($24).

Mean­while, the next-day fash­ion show will be an up­scale event at the Fair­mont Grand Ho­tel on the Dnipro River. Lon­don de­signer Roubi from New Bond Street will present his new hunt­ing col­lec­tion for men and women.

But this time, it won’t be “just an­other fash­ion show,” says Kloes. Ac­cord­ing to him, Ukrainian events have way to go to catch up with Paris and Mi­lan fash­ion shows. ‘It’s not enough just to put two BMW’s and a red car­pet [at such event]” he says. “But what mat­ters is ev­ery sin­gle de­tail from cham­pagne and host­ess per­son­nel to the qual­ity of cat­walk.”

Un­like Ukrainian Fash­ion Week, this will be a Western-type of fash­ion show which will in­clude a staged per­for­mance, a mini-concert by Ka­maliya, Wal­dan and Hard Kiss.

“It will be one-hour the­atri­cal show,” says Kloes. The fash­ion show per­for­mances with be ac­com­pa­nied by all the­mu­sic styles, from clas­si­cal to hard rock, pop and jazz. “It’s re­ally like a the­atri­cal com­plete, well chore­ographed and well-staged show with dif­fer­ent artists, acts, bal­let dancers, etc,” he adds.

U.S. mu­si­cian and pro­ducer Walden will host the event to­gether with Yu­lia Sanina, a singer from Hard Kiss. While an Ital­ian star chef Mas­simo Ric­ci­oli, will come to Kyiv specif­i­cally to cook din­ner for the event.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers, such a com­bi­na­tion of fine cui­sine and glam­orous fash­ion is al­ready at­tract­ing up­scale in­ter­na­tional crowd to town, as busi­ness peo­ple from Lon­don, Paris and Brussels, Roubi’s main clien­tele, are al­ready book­ing their fash­ion show tick­ets com­ing at a hefty price of 450 euro (Hr 4,740).

The Oct. 11 concert spon­sors in­clude Ukrainian In­ter­na­tional Air­lines and Bel­gian Art Zone while the Oct. 12 fash­ion show in­cludes: Fair­mont Grand Ho­tel; Neo­cleous law firm in Kyiv; Dryer One engi­neer­ing com­pany in Bel­gium; and Bel­gian Art Zone. The Kyiv Post is a me­dia spon­sor.

Singer-ac­tress Ka­maliya per­forms dur­ing an ISTIL Group cor­po­rate event on Dec. 23, 2011. Ka­maliya will open the Fash­ion Rocks Kyiv con­cert on Oct. 11 at Crys­tal Hall. She will in­tro­duce a new pro­gram and also per­form “All the Man That I Need,” a song...

Ukrainian jazz singer Ja­mala per­forms in the Lviv The­atre of Opera and Bal­let on Nov. 15, 2011. Ja­mala will sing “I Wanna Dance With Some­body,” made pop­u­lar by the late Whit­ney Hous­ton, and “I Don’t Wanna Cry” also sung by Mariah Carey dur­ing the...

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