Musician Darja Leleko left Ukraine with her two children in mid-March and currently lives in Sigulda. She continues to play music in her spare time.
She says: "The older I get, the more happy I am to be a musician, because not only in the current situation in Ukraine, but in general, if you are sad or feeling bad, music always saves you. You pick up an instrument and just fly away in emotions. When we perform our Ukrainian songs or the national anthem, I try hard not to cry."
Darja Leleko is a virtuoso of the Ukrainian national instrument – the bandura. Thanks to Latvian artists who noticed her abilities, she now has the opportunity to play music both on stage and also at the Freedom Monument in a charity concert initiated by the cello trio "Melo-M".
Cellist Kārlis Auzāns says: "This is more like a demonstration, like a show of faith – we believe that we can do it together and we have the power to do it. And this time, all the pieces that were chosen were chosen very symbolically. Each piece has its own meaning in our philosophy, what we think about this situation that is happening now."
Auzāns emphasizes: "Music has always been one of the most important tools to express our opinion about the current situation, express our emotions, how we feel, and also create new emotions that can make us happy and cheer us up. Therefore, music has huge power."
The musicians will give their next support and charity concert at the Freedom Monument on July 29 at six o'clock in the evening, with passers-by encouraged to donate.