The Kennedy Center



Scythian (sith-ee-yin) belts out a high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music with one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing. These classically trained musicians are natural showmen who seamlessly blend kicked-up Celtic, folk, and world music, and deliver it with a punk-rock sensibility. Combine this with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. In a single song, they transport an audience across the globe with the alluring and dramatic strains of gypsy fiddles, the bounce of a Celtic reel, and then cross back over the border to pick up a klezmer hook and some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks.
Classically trained, Alexander Fedoryka started playing at the age of three and has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. He spent six months in Japan studying under Dr. Suzuki, the renowned founder of the Suzuki School of Music. He also spent four months playing in the streets of Ireland where he picked up the Celtic spirit and combined it with the gypsy soul of his own Ukrainian ancestry.
Classically trained, Josef Crosby studied at Duquesne under Joe Petron. He has performed in venues such as the Benedum Center and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. Making the switch to Celtic fiddling, he forms the second half of Scythian's signature "dueling fiddles" and is known for his jazzy "dirt and grit" style.

Trained as a classical pianist, Danylo Fedoryka made the switch to guitar in order to make music with his brother Alexander. Having performed at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap as a classical musician, he enjoys the free and somewhat loose spirit of Celtic music. Putting his keyboard skills to use, he also picked up the accordion which he sports during the bands gypsy and Klezmer pieces.

Mike Ounallah comes from a jazz background and enriches the sounds of Scythian with a wealth of experience and expertise. He recently earned a Masters of Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland. A true student of music, he combines his extensive knowledge with his Jordanian heritage, which complements the Eastern gypsy style of Alexander. Although he is respected for his musical precision, he is also known as drummer who can flat out "bring it" and rock out with the best of them.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/19/2017: Millennium Stage 20th Anniversary

The Millennium Stage celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a lineup of stellar performers. The 6–8 p.m. celebration features Scythian, a band that plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy that beckons crowds into a barn-dance, rock concert experience (6¬–7 p.m.), and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a group of world-class musicians that are a driving force of urban funk(7–8 p.m.). More details on the celebration to come. Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.