The Ensemble takes its name from the Cheremshyna tree, famous throughout Ukraine for its magnificent white blossoms and its dark blue berries. Like this tree, Ukrainian culture blooms with songs of delicate beauty and of dark sorrow. The Cheremshyna Ensemble from Montreal has lovingly combined the traditions of the Old World with a distinctive North American dimension, giving these songs a unique new expression.
In Kyiv, the editor of a Ukrainian cultural journal once wrote the following about Cheremshyna: ” We are enchanted by the gracefulness, that is to say – the Ensemble’s delicate interpretation of Ukrainian song – both traditional and contemporary.”
“We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams.”