ITAS Podcast Season 9, Ep.6

You guys, It’s the first episode ever that features music artists. I’m so excited to have the mind-blowingly-creative, award-winning October Project on the show! We talk about the inspiration, about meaning of art for essentially healing the world, and about their collaborations with visual artists from around the world to create multi-sensory art experience for their audience.

One such artist is Kseniya Simonova, a world-renowned sand painting artist from Ukraine. I’m happy to include a paragraph about her down below.

Listen to our INSPIRING conversation in this episode on In The Art Scene!

October project

About October Project

Winners of a 2023 Gold Telly & American Prize for their Worldwide Choir of “Return to Me”(Second Place, Virtual Performance), composer Emil Adler, writer Julie Flanders and vocalist Marina Belica of October Project are award-winning, genre-defying recording artists, producers and content providers who collaborate in the creation of musical recordings and events.

Powered by Flanders’ words, Adler’s music, and the group’s trademark harmonies, their earlier work with SONY/Epic and subsequent recordings have been enjoyed by millions. Bridging the worlds of pop, classical, a cappella and choral, they continue to innovate the landscape of Independent Music.  Their latest single, “This Is For You,” from the group’s upcoming The Ghost of Childhood, breaks new ground with Ukrainian sand artist Kseniya Simonova in the digital animation of her color paintings. Their previous collaboration, Silver Telly winner “Angels in the Garden,” up for Best Music Video, marks the band’s 8th Grammy ballot appearance.

Links and references

Official website:






Apple Music:

New song debuting in February “Changing Light of Love” – pre-save the song HERE

Koolulam: One Day by Matisyahu – social music project

Documentary about JR – Paper and Glue

About Kseniya Simonova

Kseniya Simonova is a sand artist, winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent, announced as an internet-sensation by The Guardian. She creates beautiful and touching stories with just sand and her hands. She is the most viewed sand artist on the internet. After a triumphant win on the show, Kseniya has performed her sand animation shows all over the world in more than 70 countries.

She was invited to show her art before Royalty and Presidents, among them, are the Royal Family of Thailand, Queen of Denmark, Princess of Denmark, Royal Family of Morocco, Royal Family of Bhutan, members of Royal Family of Great Britain, Royal Family of Bahrain, and also Presidents of Malta, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and many others. The most respected stages of the world accepted her art — from Special Olympic Games closing ceremony in Athens to YouTube Symphony orchestra Gala in Sydney Opera house.

Her beautiful sand animation became a staging act for Ukraine on Eurovision Song Contest, helping Ukrainian singer Mika Newton in getting 4th place in the Grand Final.

In 2019 she returned to Eurovision with Moldova’s singer Anna Odobescu as a staging director also performing a brand new genre called snow animation for the song «Stay».

In early 2019 Simonova took part in America’s Got Talent: The Champions season 1 on NBC. At the semi-final, she received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. As soon as the performance was over, she got the golden buzzer from host Terry Crews which sent her straight through into the finals of the competition. Her Golden Buzzer performance got 150 million views. Simonova’s performance in the finals, Love Always Wins, was highly esteemed by the judges. Simon Cowell called it “one of the most beautiful acts in the history of Got Talent”. At the end of the show, she finished in third place.

Later in 2019, Simonova took part in Britain’s Got Talent on ITV. In the first episode Simonova received a Golden Buzzer from one of the judges Amanda Holden and got into finals. She finished in third place at the finals.

Kseniya’s act is the only act that received two Golden Buzzers on two different The Champions series of the Got Talent franchise.

Where to find Kseniya online

Official website:



Kseniya is appearing in a new version of America’s Got Talent – AGT Fantasy League. It premieres in early 2024.

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