Local college professor collaborates with Ukrainian punk rock bands to raise money for refugees

A local professor has teamed up with Ukrainian punk rock musicians to create a collaborative album whose proceeds will benefit Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis.

Neumann University professor Yanis Chakars and seven Ukrainian punk rock bands have already raised thousands of dollars with their benefit album.

“Listening to the record is, I think, moving,” Chakars told FOX 29’s Dawn Timmeney. “You know this kind of music. A wide range of feelings. Emotions run high.”

Charkars was inspired by his Latvian roots and the country’s messy history with Russian occupation. He used a photo from his trip to Kyiv in 2019 for the album cover.

“If this can be their way of giving them a voice as we raise money to help them and provide some relief, then that’s really important,” Chakars said.

The album can be purchased at BandTogether.BandCamp.com for $10 a pop. The proceeds for the first three weeks exceeded $3,000.

“I think he’s always been very involved in the community here, so it’s really great that he’s going the extra mile for Ukraine which obviously needs it,” said Neumann senior Elizabeth Cavaliere.

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