“This is world fusion at its best”
– Whole Note Magazine, ‘DoVira’ Album Review
“A unique sonic tapestry”
– Tracy Jenkins, Lula Lounge & Lula Music
“Timeless traditions, with contemporary styles, arrangements and ideas”
– Jonathan Campbell, Aga Khan Museum & SoFar Sounds
DoVira [do-VEE-ruh], which means ‘trust’ in Ukrainian, explores the point of intersection between world folklore and contemporary music. This Canadian collective of musicians currently performs under two configurations: DoVira Band (typically five-piece) and DoVira3 (electro trio).
Fronted by Ukrainian-born vocalist/keyboardist/composer Stacey Yerofeyeva, DoVira’s core members also include guitarist/sound-designer Patrick O’Reilly (Language Arts, D’bi & the 333), and Mike Romaniak on live looping and sopilka (Ukrainian flute). DoVira often features notable guest performers of various backgrounds, including Indo-Jazz maven Derek Gray (Monsoon, Ventanas), Toronto bassist Dan Minchom (Funk Frequency, Saishubi), renowned Sudanese multi-instrumentalist Waleed Abdulhamid, Juno-award winning tabla virtuoso Ed Hanley (Autorickshaw), woodwind master Ernie Tollar (Tasa), drummer Max Senitt (Alex Cuba, Hilario Duran), guitarist KC Roberts (KC & the Live Revolution), and more.
DoVira has two releases out. Their first EP “Obrys” (or “Outline'”) featured remastered versions of their successful debut singles, popular on YouTube due to their original take on well-known folk songs. DoVira’s second release was their full-length self-titled album “DoVira”, which highlighted nine exceptional world music guest artists, and was coined ‘world fusion at its best’ by Whole Note Magazine.
DoVira 3 is a new electronic trio project, which experiments with live laptop triggering, vocal looping, synthesis, sampling, and DJ effects, inspired by hip hop, r&b, EDM, and world music. The sound originated in a cabin in the woods near Georgian Bay, Ontario during a production retreat, and has been described as “some of the most interesting world folk-tronica being produced in the country” (Shevchenko Foundation).