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Alex Chudolij

 

MusicMagic USA

chudolij@optonline.net

Alex Chudolij started his musical career on October 8, 1964 at the age of six.  As a teenager Alex was already making numerous concert and festival appearances, pleasing the crowds with  classic showpieces as well as and his own concert arrangements of Ukrainian folk melodies.

As a student of Tufts University, his performance at the Student Union playing his arrangement of a Ukrainian Folk Song Fantasy won him first prize in a university-wide talent competition - beating out competing rock groups, folk singer/guitarists and other more typical types of college entertainment. For many years, Alex was a frequent accompanist for a number of Ukrainian folk dance ensembles and dance workshops, having worked with well known Ukrainian choreographers such as New York's Roma Pryma Bohachevsky, Elaine Oprysko, Daria Genza, Pittsburgh's Markian Komichak and Peter Marunczak from Canada.

At the age of 16, Alex became the summer bandleader and Assistant Social Director of the Ukrainian National Association's resort, Soyuzivka, located in upstate New York's Catskill Mountain. It was there that Alex teamed up with the resort's new drummer, Theodore (Dorko) Senchyshyn, and formed the Alex and Dorko Band, which was unique as a Ukrainian 2-piece ensemble known for its big sound, thanks to the band's musical virtuosity, energy and the use of electronics which added to the acoustic accordion and drum sounds.  After the duo recorded their first LP, "Ukrayinochka", the band added two new members - Leon Strockyj and Alex Soyfer.  Their next collaboration was a live recording entitled, "At the Zabava".  Over the next twenty years, The Alex and Dorko Band performed up and down the Eastern United States for dances, weddings and festivals including the National Polka Festival at Hunter Mountain, NY and the Ukrainian Festival USA at the Garden State Performing Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. 

In 1991, Alex recorded a unique one man band instrumental album, "Electric Kozak".  This solo recording made its debut at the Garden State Arts Center, where it sold over 200 copies in its first day of sales and proceeded to become the best selling Ukrainian instrumental album of the year. For the next four years Alex's Electric Kozak Band had been providing entertainment for crowds of all sizes and for all occasions, including a gala reception for then Olympic gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Victor Petrenko.  In addition to being a composer, having composed several of the songs on his popular Electric Kozak album, throughout the years, Alex has been instrumental in promoting the accordion with library lectures, grade school appearances, community affairs and other club appearances where he has showcased the beauty and uniqueness of the accordion to audiences of all types and backgrounds.  Alex retired from regular band engagements in 1996 and subsequently founded one of North America’s first and largest internet based accordion dealerships and product showroom – Music Magic USA.