THE BAND

Ivan Leny

Accordion, dulcimer, brass, vocals

Born

August 11

in Monastyrska, Ternopil Oblast

Education:

-Uman State Music Colleg named for P. D. Demutskiy

  • Voronezh Conservatory (Russia)
  • National Music Academy of Ukraine named for P.I. Tchaikovsky (Kyiv Conservatory)  Graduate School
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A member of the band since:

From the very beginning – one of its founders

About music:

  • Authentic Ukrainian music
  • World ethnic music (particularly Balkan instrumental)
  • Dub
  • Reggae
  • Ragamuffin
  • Funk
  • Punk
  • Modern experimental alternative
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About books:

Classics works of world literature by:

  • Taras Shevchenko
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Oleksandr Dovzhenko
  • Mykhailo Kotsyubynskiy
  • Gurdjieff
  • Osho

Poems and prose by contemporary Ukrainian writers:

  • Svitlana Povalyava
  • Dmytro Lazutkin
  • Serhiy Zhadan
  • Artem Polezhak
  • Sasha Polozhynskiy
  • Irena Karpa
  • Larysa Denysenko
  • Izdryk
  • Sasha “Fozzy” Fedorenko
  • Andriy Liubko and many others

Contemporary Ukrainian classics by:

  • Kostya Moskalets
  • Sasha Boychenko
  • Yuriy Vynychuk
  • Yuriy Andriukhovych
  • Taras Prokhas
  • Vasyl Shklyar
  • Roman Koval
     

About films:

I value classic world cinema by the crème-de la crème:

  • Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Bertrand Blier
  • Serhiy Parajanov
  • Akiro Kurosawa
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Andriy Tarkovskiy
  • Ivan Mykolaychuk
  • Milosz Forman
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Luis Bunuel
  • Pedro Almodovar
  • Emir Kusturica
  • Jim Jarmusch
  • Mark Zakharov
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
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I can’t see myself without:

Travels, sports, football club “Maestro”, riding my bike, motorcycling on my trusted steel horse, swimming, tourism

Motto and favourite sayings:

“Nothing prevents SEEING more than a point of view”
"It is easy to gather a flock of sheep, but impossible to heard cats"