The AtmAsfera gig took place during the summary of Student Culture Weeks and the entry was totally free. On the Kreślarnia club website there was information that the gig was supposed to start at 6pm, however as it turned out, only the summary itself began at this time. A pair of nervous and lisping presenters (very interesting combo, I have to say) nearly bored me to death and I wasn’t the only one, as some of the audience left and came back during the performance itself. The Ukrainians appeared on stage only after 7pm and stayed there for 1.5 hrs. I didn’t really know what to expect of them and what I heard simply blew me away. What energy! What sound!
Now this is something fresh, not only for myself but also for quite a big audience. A genuine band on the stage, full of life and energy. Sisters singing and playing the flute and keyboards, plus mandolin, guitar, bass guitar and something that captivated us all. At the very edge of the stage, in the middle, like a frontman, with no top but wearing gloves, a man playing the goblet drum. And how he played it! He played the rhythms with skill and dynamics, and the way he did it, like a Cossack playing tarabans to encourage his mates to fight, roused all the audience. As a result, AtmAsfera from Kiev, as we are talking about this band, was not able to leave the stage quickly.
Going to the Thursday AtmAsfera gig at the Kraków’s Rotunda club I was sure that I would hear a lot of good music and see a great performance. What I heard totally exceeded all of my expectations. 1.5 hrs of great feast for the fans of this Ukrainian group, world music and folk. AtmAsfera performed in the following line-up: Anastasiya and Yuliya Yaremchuk, Andriy Shadiy, Andriy Cherkasov, Mihail Puzyurin and Timur Gogitidze. The band is currently touring Poland promoting their new album “Integro”.