Ethno-Trio Troitsa

As their name confirms, there are but three men trading under the name, but between them they’ve mastered in the region of 50 instruments. Whether plucked, strum, blown or beaten, these instruments are played with consummate skill, richly evoking their particular corner of Eastern Europe. And these three wise men don’t just collect hardware. Their leader Ivan Kirchuk – a chap of fulsome beard and equally fulsome tenor voice – has amassed hundreds of folk tunes and tales which he’s eager to ring-fence, to protect them from the march of globalisation as it dilutes, and even erases, regional distinction and identity. Ethnomusicologists rarely come as passionate or as hands-on as Ivan, under whose careful protection this fascinating – and at times downright groovy – material continues to breathe and prosper.

Troitsa is working on their new album, which will be released in 2018.



Mit traditionellen Instrumenlen wie Gusli, Ocarina, Domra, Zhaleika und Flöten dargebotener, aber durch Gitarren, afrikanische Percussion und Kalimba ein wenig in Richtung Worldmusic getriebener Klangkunst katapultieren Troitsa ihre gesammelten traditionellen Lieder mit aller Macht ins Hier und Jetzt, ohne das Material du’ch allzu viele Modernismen zu verwässern. Das epische “Sonce Kocicca” ein bombastisches, würdiges Finale mit Dead-Can Dance-Anklängen und jeder Menge Pathos.

Eclipsed, DE, 2013

…Solch traditioneller Urwüchsigkeit aber steht eine produktionstechnisch perfekte Aufnahme entgegen, die wirklich ihresgleichen sucht. Selten habe ich ein Album dermaßen unter meinen Kopfhörern genossen wie „Zimachka

Thoralf Koß,, 2013

Zimachka (Winter), is a remarkable and rather impressive thing of wild rhythmic pulses and gutsy instrumental textures, massive enough to match the Eisenstein-sized drama of Kirchuk’s declamatory, welkin-ringing rendering of traditional songs brought a long way from the village but nevertheless still sounding like nothing in western Europe.

Andrew Cronshaw, fROOTS magazine, UK, 2011

Belarusian Masters of Ethno Fusion music.

Angel Romero, World Music, USA, 2011


// Belarus

Blend of the rich folk music traditions of Belarus, rock arrangements, and an incredible drive.

Ivan Kirchuk: lead vocal, 12-string guitar, 3 & 4-string domras, smyk, gusli, pipes, whistles, mound harmonica, reed stick, zhaleykas, lyre, ocarinas, wargan (jawharp), pipe, rainmaker, duda, kalimba

Yuri Dmitriev: 6 & 12-string guitars, 4-string domra, smyk, zither, vocal

Yuri Pavlovski: drums, gong, darabuka, gundang, anklung, bells, zvany (horsebells), wood stick, cowbell, kalimba, djembe, bamboofon

Photos byThomas Renz,
Feliks Volož,
Juliana Volož,
Alexander Tarantino-Zhdanovich
Websitewww.troitsa.netBookingWorldwide except Belarus