Best October 2018 Concerts in Ukraine

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October apparently opens the season of classical concerts all over the country from cello and violin to less represented lute. Besides, electronic music as always stays present on any concert schedule, which isn’t surprising for the country of rising rave.

Fusion Fest: from Barocco to Rock

Fusion Fest that will take place this October in Odesa lives up to its slogan 'from Barocco to Rock'. Choirs, ensembles and orchestras that take part in the grand performance indeed want to guide the visitors through the history of music. Apart from the wondrous sounds, visitors will have a chance to witness traditional Irish step dance to fully emerge in the festive atmosphere.

When: October 1, 7 P.M.
Where: Musical Comedy Theatre, Odesa
Price: starting at UAH 70

Son Lux

The duo of unique vocals and experimental electronics is what makes Son Lux one of the most critically-acclaimed contemporary musicians in the US. While the artist stays away from the mainstream, his indie music with IDM accents finds its place in the hearts of many music fans around the world. Son Lux will present his new album, Brighter Wounds, easily answering 'What to do in Kyiv this October'.

When: October 3, 8 P.M.
Where: Bel Etage, Kyiv
Price: starting at UAH 800

Artcello 2018

This autumn is the lucky time for fans of classical music: Artcello festival 2018 will bring international cello stars to Kyiv. To name but a few, the professor at Munich Academy of Music and Theatre Wen-Sinn Yang, the professor at Geneva University of Music Denis Severin, and the professor at Music Academy of Bucharest Răzvan Suma will perform on the capital's stage. The program features pieces by Franz Schubert, Giovanni Sollima, Astor Piazzolla and others.

When: October 5, 8 P.M.
Where: House of Cinema, Kyiv
Price: starting at UAH 175

Jazz & Latino: the new season

Ruslan Egorov Quartet is known to those who often attend rooftop concerts in Kyiv. The band focuses on the music from the golden era of swing, jazz love songs and bossa nova. The four members of Quartet have extensive musical experience - taking part in festivals like Alfa Jazz, Koktebel Jazz Fest and Jazz in Kyiv, as well as collaborating with famous Ukrainian artists like Okean Elzy, Pianoboy and TNMK. This October, they open a new jazz and latino season in Kyiv.

When: October 5, 8 P.M.
Where: Architect's House, Kyiv
Price: starting at UAH 250

Ionna Lee

The Swedish synthpop artist Ionna Lee is best known as a frontwoman of the iamamiwhoami music project. The audiovisual creations of the band have quickly gone way beyond the laptop screens and performed at various music festivals in Sweden and Europe.

This year, Ionna is engaged in a world tour that includes concerts in North and South America, Western Europe and finally Ukraine. Visitors will hear dreamy tracks from the classic 10 Pieces, 10 Bruises and This Is Jonna Lee albums, as well as the latest addition to her musical resume – Everyone Afraid to Be Forgotten.

When: October 12, 8 P.M.
Where: Bel Etage, Kyiv
Price: starting at UAH 800

Carpenter Brut

One of the most mysterious despite his fame artists of the contemporary electronic scene, Carpenter Brut, mixes rock and synth beats to create a unique dark vibe. The Kyiv concert will present the new album with more dark tracks to dance to. Besides, the famous tracks like Turbo Killer and Night Stalker will rave for the diehard fans.

When: October 14, 7 P.M.
Where: Bingo, Kyiv
Price: starting at UAH 700

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Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley is the frontman and the founder of one of the most popular 1970s rock bands Uriah Heep. Their hits like Lady in Black, Wise Man and July Morning were all written by Ken himself. The 73-year old musician doesn't consider finishing his career: instead, this time he will give a grand rock concert in Odesa with a string quartet.

When: October 10, 7 P.M.
Where: Odesa Philharmonic House, Odesa
Price: starting at UAH 190

Ukrainian Acoustic Weekend

Ukrainian Acoustic Weekend at Malevich is a nice occasion to indulge in the autumn blues with a local vibe. The famous Lviv club will host an acoustic night with the well-known singer Vivienne Mort as well as contemporary Ukrainian bands like Postman and Кімната Гретхен. Living in Ukraine often gives a chance to visit the concerts of foreign bands touring in Eastern Europe, and the local singers are often just as exciting.

When: October 23, 6 P.M.
Where: Malevich Concert Arena, Lviv
Price: starting at UAH 200

Damien Escobar

The winner of two Emmy Awards and the most famous New Your violinist Damien Escobar will visit Ukraine once again. Damien's career boasts such milestones like performing at the inauguration of the former president of the United States Barack Obama. Nowadays, the artist continues to create masterpieces by combining jazz, pop, hip-hop, and R&B. His unique style known as crossover violin has won the hearts of music fans over the whole world.

When: October 25, 7 P.M.
Where: Musical Comedy Theatre, Odesa
Price: starting at UAH 450

Jozef Van Wissem

The Dutch musician Jozef Van Wissem is the master of lute and classical music. His work was noted not only by numerous fans but also the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, where Jozef won the award for the score of Only Lovers Left Alive in 2013. The musician has extensive experience in writing music for movies and advances in this path apart from tours around the globe.

When: October 25, 7 P.M.
Where: Architect's House, Kyiv
Price: starting at UAH 200

Francis Goya

The 72-year old musician is a legend among the guitar players. During his career, Francis recorded about 50 albums and was famous in Ukraine even during the times of the Soviet Union. His music has notable Latin American influence that matches the musician's rich vocals. Francis already has performed in Lviv two years ago and now is ready to come back to share exciting energy in one of the most popular spots of Ukrainian nightlife, Malevich club.

When: October 29, 7 P.M.
Where: Malevich Club, Lviv
Price: starting at UAH 600

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The following list is the editor’s choice.
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