Watching in horror as my home city of Kharkiv was being destroyed, I resolved to express through music my feelings of despair and anger, as well as hope and resilience. On my birthday in February 2022, the war started, Lewis Spratlan began writing INVASION, and the character of our plan for an album of his works shifted. Positivity, defiance, perseverance, peace, nostalgia, recollections, and hope—all are displayed by the people in Ukraine, and all are reflected in the pieces on this album. Even as all of us are comforted by timeless beauty, we are periodically reminded of the tragedy of the present. I commissioned Ukrainian artists to create paintings/artworks to use in [the album] booklet and in the accompanying music videos, as their responses to the music. Also featured are artworks made by children in Kharkiv, as their responses to the war. 100% of the proceeds from this album will be donated to Ukrainian people affected by the war through the Razom organization. If you would like to donate above the cost of the recording, you may do so here.
—Nadia Shpachenko, Pianist