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Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv

New Era Orchestra

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation

Christoph Sietzen, Austrian Percussionist

With great expectations and great anticipation, I started my flight to Kyiv from Vienna to give a concert with the New Era Orchestra under the direction of its founder, Tatiana Kalinichenko. Now, as a drummer, you cannot take your instruments with you in your hand luggage, and so my instruments (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, 2 octaves of cencerros, some drums like djembes, darbukas and tom-toms, and several cymbals) have already taken the road before – with a special transporter. A great deal of effort!


In the first place we have to thank Tatiana for organizing this project. She has been working on it for almost 5 years and thanks to her passion and perseverance has won such supporters as  the Austrian Embassy Kyiv and of course the Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv. Therefore, my special thanks to you, as well as all those who have contributed to this project.


My expectations of the concert were not only fulfilled, but also exceeded, and the great effort we took was definitely worth it.


During the rehearsals I already felt the great enthusiasm of the orchestra and its conductor as well as their great musicality. This experience was only enhanced during the concert, when I saw the enthusiasm and warmth of the Ukrainian audience.

I really hope to be part of such musical bridges in the future, to experience how music connects people!

Christoph Sietzen