Svjata Vatra (“holy fire” in Ukrainian) is an Estonian-Ukrainian “fire-folk” band – a simmering pot of roots, folk, world and ethno with its flaming and vigorous performances – founded in 2005.
The band’s line-up is a specialty in itself; the temperamental trombone and the Estonian bagpipes together weave eerie sound patterns that burst into vibrant and exotic spheres, backed up by powerful yet dynamic rhythms, leaving no-one unaffected by the band’s versatility and virility.
The band’s trademark can rightfully be said to be their flaming live performances where the potent energy emanating from the leader of the band progressively spreads among the musicians and ultimately engulfs the entire audience in ”holy fire”.
Svjata Vatra have played more than 300 live-concerts in over 14 countries. They have performed in France, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, England, Poland, Netherlands and Belgium in festivals like Colours of Ostrava, Urkult, Viljandi Folk Music Festival, FelSziget, Positivus, London International Festival of Exploratory Music, Maailmakülä and the journey has only begun.
In 2009 Svjata Vatra’s song Kalyna was awarded as best folk/world music song in Estonia was performed at Showcase festivals: Tallinn Music Week and Eurosonic, Netherlands.
February 2014 Svjata Vatra released a single “Vogon zapeklyh ne peche” (Fire does not Burn Toughened People), which is dedicated to all those brave people who were and are standing in Maidan square in protection of democracy and human rights. What is going on in Ukraine has transcended much further than the borders of just one country. The musicians of Svata Vatra have allways valued family, a free state, everyone´s right to speak up in their community and to support democratic values. As musicians they can show support through their own personal example and, of course, through their music. The song “Vogon zapeklyh ne peche” is written in commemoration of the people who were killed in Maidan square and for the people who have been supporting the Ukrainian pursuit for freedom, either in Maidan square or elsewhere in the world. This song speaks about freedom in the general sense, not only in Ukraine but everywhere – people need to be honest and dignified in their lives. Only through honesty and cooperation can we build a free society, where peace and love reign.
Svjata Vatra was one of the organizers of the support concert “For Ukraine” at 16 of March in Tallinn (Estonia) at Freedom Square. There was performing lot of well-known Estonian artist and Svjata Vatra played together with Police and Border Guard Orchestra. The concert was broadcasted live by Estonian Public Broadcasting.
Powerful performances by captivating audience, generating an energizing ambiance and setting aglow people’s hearts – that is what Svjata Vatra is about.