Ethno-Trio Troitsa

The Ethno-Trio Troitsa has been around since the mid nineties. They do an amazing ethnographic survey of Belarusian folk music, have successfully performed all around the world and finally, after nearly 20 years of performing abroad they have also become recognized and valued in Belarus!

The number of musical instruments they play is truly impressive. They use both Belarusian traditional instruments and instruments from around the world: all in all, more than 50 instruments.

Troitsa means Trinity and there are three musicians in the band. Their repertoire consists exclusively of Belarusian traditional songs, which were collected, recorded and written down by Ivan Kirchuk, the leader of the band, during his visits to Belarusian villages. Troitsa arranges these songs in their own distinctive style and works very respectfully with the original material: they keep the texts, original melodies, dialects, nuances, and even, it seems, the breath of those old men and women!

The band has released 7 albums and performed at significant festivals all around the world: Etnosur and Pirineos Sur in Spain, Bardentreffen in Germany, Inny Wymiar, Cross Culture in Poland, Sziget in Hungary, Viljandi folk in Estonia, Porta in Latvia, Mėnuo Juodaragis in Lithuania, WOMAD Russia, WOMAD UK, WOMAD Chile, The World of Siberia, KAMWA, KRUTUSHKA in Russia, FMM Sines in Portugal and played hundreds concerts around the world.

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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, musikreviews.de, 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 Central.org, USA, 2011