Taras Chubay

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Taras Chubay, 2011

Taras Hryhorovych Chubay (Ukrainian: Тарас Григорович Чубай), (born on June 21, 1970, in Lviv) is a Ukrainian musician and poet. He is the son of the poet Hryhoriy Chubay.

He studied at Lviv Conservatory.

Taras Chubay founded the Plach Yeremiji rock band in February, 1990. The songs of Chubay and his band are usually serious, philosophical poems accompanied by rock. The music sounds hard, then changes to an easy ballad, and again explodes, overfilled by emotions.

The musician has created more than 100 songs and one overture for an orchestra. He is also known for his active social position, taking part in democratic and pro-European movement gatherings. The old UPA song Lenta za Lentoyu performed by Chubay had become a hit at events organized by the "orange forces" and was performed at the meetings of Narodna Samooborona Movement.

In 2006, the rock band Plach Yeremiji and its frontman took part in the "Concert for Angels" devoted to the memory of Kiev students killed during the Battle of Kruty.


He is the son of legendary 1970s underground cultural figure and poet Hryts’ko Chubai. Taras, trained as a violist, began his career as a singer-songwriter at the age of 16, performing songs he composed for his late father’s poems. Together with other figures of L’viv’s alternative cultural scene (viktor Morozov, Iurii vynnychuk), Taras formed the cabaret group Ne Zhurys’ (Don’t Worry), which performed for thousands in glasnost-era, and post-Soviet, Ukraine, as well as abroad. the group satirized Soviet existence and unearthed both new Ukrainian culture and proscribed past cultural achievements. In 1991, Taras formed the rock band Plach Ieremii ( Jeremiah’s Cry) which quickly became one of the most popular bands in newly independent Ukraine. Composing and performing songs to verse written by poets of a new literary generation emerging in post-Soviet Ukraine (such as Viktor neborak, Yurii Andrukhovych, Kostiantyn Moskalets’ and Ivan Malkovych), Taras played a central role in the advancement of post-Soviet Ukrainian literature in the 1990s. Taras has recorded several albums including "Dveri kotri naspravdi ye" (the Doors Which really are) and "Nai bude vse iak ye" (Let all be as Is), which introduced the hits Vona (She), Hryfon (the Griffin) and Litaiucha Holova (Flying Head) to fans of Ukrainian music. Taras has also recorded three albums featuring his interpretations of traditional and popular songs—the songs of volodymyr Ivasiuk, Ukrainian Insurgent army songs, and Ukrainian Christmas carols. Taras has performed in Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, and the U.S., as well as at over one hundred concerts in Ukraine, including a 2003 solo performance at Kyiv’s prestigious Ukraina Palace.

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