Meet our Team
Wolodymyr Smishkewych, Director
Tenor Wolodymyr “Vlad” Smishkewych has been a member of Sequentia Ensemble for Medieval Music and Theatre of Voices since 2000, performed with artists as diverse as Carlos Nuñez, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, and has been featured as soloist with The Harp Consort, Ars Nova Copenhagen, and Ensemble Dialogos. He has recorded for Sony/BMG, Harmonia Mundi-USA, Naxos, Norton, and Focus Records. Also a sought-after vocal pedagogue, he holds the Doctor of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University, and has lectured and taught masterclasses and performance programs at universities in the United States, South America, Canada, and Europe. His passion for writing and creating audio and video about music, culture, and nature, brought him to Spain as a Fulbright Fellow during the first decade of the millennium. In 2011 he moved to Ireland to become director of the MA in Ritual Song and Chant at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he taught until 2014. He then returned to performing and to the world of audio broadcasting and film, in 2015 joining Ireland’s RTÉ lyric fm as well as REMA, the European Network for Early Music, as their Webradio Producer and Editor. Vlad is currently known to many RTÉ listeners as the host and researcher of Vox Nostra, lyric fm’s Sunday morning Early Music show. Wolodymyr Smishkewych gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Arts Council Ireland).
Yuri Smishkewych Rey, Co-producer
Yuri is a communications professional with more than 15 years of combined experience in corporate communications, film & television and media marketing. A Kean University alum, Yuri has a B.A. in Communication, a A.A. degree in Film studies and has completed two film programs at the New York Film Academy.
Although a New Jersey native, he currently lives in Madrid, Spain, with his awesome and extremely talented wife, Mercedes, a pianist and music teacher. Yuri is Wolodymyr’s youngest brother.
Blanca Dacal, Production Assistant
In her on-going search for art’s versatility, and influenced by the cultural life of her own family, Blanca studied art from a very young age at Madrid’s La Palma Arts & Trades school, and earned her degree in Scenic Design from the Royal School of Dramatic Arts (RESAD), combining her studies with work as a drawing and painting teacher. She has taken courses in art restoration, in movement and gesture, and in performance art and Contact Dance. She has worked on several film and video art production teams, of particular note her design and production of masks for J. A. Bayona’s award-winning 2007 film “The Orphanage,” and as art director for a series on Galician Television (TVG). She currently resides in Gijon, where she pursues a multiple-path career as an artist, mother and yoga instructor. She teaches art courses and workshops for numerous Asturian educational centres, and as a dancer she is a member of Ensemble Improviso, a pioneering Asturian improvised music and dance company. With artist Ana Moves she is currently developing an experimental dance/action theatre work (in progress). She has also recently been influenced by Butoh theatre, using its essence to enrich her scenic presence.
Louise Berg, Lead Editor
Louise Berg is a filmmaker and animator from Limerick, Ireland. She is a recent graduate of the University of Limerick, where she established her passion for video editing and visual effects.
During her degree she directed her first short, “Parallel”, which was chosen for Official Selection at the Richard Harris International Film Festival in 2017.
Currently based in the Netherlands, she freelances in the areas of video production, animation and digital marketing.
Roísín Berg, Music & Sound Editor
Róisín Berg is a digital artist based in Limerick, Ireland. She is currently undergoing an undergraduate degree in Music, Media and Performance Technology in the University of Limerick. Through her studies, and her work as a sound and lighting technician, she has gained a vast amount of experience working with a range of different media such as light, video, code and audio.
Shane Wynter, Production & Technical Consultant
Shane Wynter currently resides in Killaloe, Ireland, and is still coming to terms with moving hemispheres, Irish weather, raising children and finding a new career that doesn’t involve a persistent ‘always on’ relationship with technology. Previously, Shane worked 15 years in large scale feature film productions in Sydney Australia, as well as running a ‘backyard operation in a global market’ online business. Currently Shane is exploring 360° video whilst continuing a life long study in photography, which he started many years ago in a Bachelor of Fine arts, UNSW, Sydney.