Alla Zagaykevych was born in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine in 1966 and graduated from Kiev State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (now the National Music Academy of Ukraine) in 1990. In 1995-1996 she attended annual course for composition at IRCAM in Paris, France and from 1986 to 1999 she was a member of the folkloric ensemble
“Drevo” of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, where she investigated Ukrainian authentic singing and participated in numerous folkloric expeditions, conferences, and festivals. Since 1998, she has been a lecturer at the Music Information Technologies’ Department of the National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kiev), where she founded the Electronic Music Studio (supported by International Renaissance Foundation). She has been involved with international electroacoustic projects in Kyiv since 2003, serving as the Artistic Director of EM-VISIA from 2005 and the Electroacoustic Ensemble from 2009. In 2004, she was awarded the Oleksandr Dovzhenko State Award of Ukraine for her music for the film MAMAY and has received numerous other awards for her work which includes symphonic, instrumental and vocal chamber music, electro-acoustic compositions, multi-media installations and performances, chamber opera, and music for films.
Alla Zagaykevych’s Heroneya is a 2002 composition for violin, cello, bassoon, piano, and fixed media electronics. It was released on the album MOTUS in 2005. (Alla Zagaykevych’s Heroneya is the third consecutive piece by a Ukrainian composer this month in the ongoing ISCM Virtual Collaborative Series. You can listen to Jab-Jazz for trombone, piano and percussion by Julia Gomelskaya here and Songs of Love for string orchestra by Ivan Ostapovych here.) – FJO