In 1996 in a small east european country Belarus, which is situated between Poland and Russia, and also has common borders with Ukraine and Lithuania, has appeared the group “Troitsa”.
The founder and the creative inspirer of collective was Ivan Ivanovich Kirtchuk, the senior lecturer of the university of culture in Minsk, capital of the country. It was decided to name the group “Troitsa”, that in translation means the numeral three, or the religious term “Trinity”, which underlines the connection of group with national traditions. The idea of creation of such group has appeared at Ivan in 1986 when he was collecting ethnographic material in Belarus villages. The main motive which has induced him to this step, was the desire to popularize national songs, to connect them with universal musical traditions. In fact, even the history of native land in which different cultural influences mixed up, brought to creation of such music. The group basically is known outside of native land. In 1997 the collective became popular in Russia, and in 1998 makes the big tour across Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Portugal. This success has been connected to the singularity of their compositions, utilization of huge number of musical instruments , and also to high professionalism of musicians – strong voice of Ivan and great play technics. “Troitsa” at once started using not only national instruments, but also instruments from any country of the world, keeping old Belarus language in songs. Critics named the style of their music Folk-fusion, with influence of world-music. In 1998 the group was noticed by Netherlands sound recording company PAN records , this company offers the contract on release of the debut album “Troitsa”. After the release of album, some concerts in Byelorussia and in Holland, where collective is loved very much, there is a creative break between members of “Troitsa”. The group has broken up for some time, only the leader and founder Ivan Kirtchuk continued to do music. 1999 he went to post-war Bosnia where presented to children his program and gave performances of Belarus theatre “Batleika”. In the autumn of the same year new straff and new group “Ethno Trio Troitsa” gave the first concert in Minsk. New members became: Jury Dmitriev, the guitarist, pupil of Ivan Kirchuk, and Jury Pavlovskij – the drummer, ex-participant of group “Kniaz Myshkin”. In the same year came out the new album of “Troitsa” – live concert recorded at Dutch festival “Oerol“. In 2000, Ivan’s solo disk “Heritage Of The Lost Villages” which was combined minimalistic use of voice and musical instruments is released. In 2001 in Holland came out the disk “Zhuravy“. The group prepares for recording of the new album, continues to go on tour. 2002 is remarkable by the following: “Ethno Trio Troitsa” has visited the biggest ethnic festival “Rainforest” in Malaysia. In spite of the folk orientation of the group, it participated in recording of the Belarus Depeche Mode tribute album. In 2003 to year the group played in Belarus, and also at festivals in Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Estonia. In 2004 to year the group has continued concert activity as in the homeland, and behind its limits (Russia, Estonia). In the summer new album “Sem” has left. The album has been completely written down in Belarus. This was promoted by that the group could agree upon record of an album in one of the best studios of Minsk. The end 2004 year it is marked by record of a soundtrack to a children’s film “Small fugitives” in which Ivan Ivanovich even has played an incidental role.
Over the next 10 years it was published discs (CD) “Son-Trava (Dream-Grass)” (2008), “Zhar-Zhar” (2008), “Zimachka” (2011). In 2011, the trio was awarded the National Prize of the Republic of Belarus as “the best band of the year”.
Group tours extensively around the world – the Netherlands, Spain (festivals «Etnosur», «Pirineos Sur»), Germany (festival «Bardentreffen»), Poland (festival «Inny Wymiar», «Cross Kultur»), Hungary (festival «Sziget»), Estonia (festival «Viljandi»), Latvia (festival «Porta»), Lithuania (festival «Mėnuo Juodaragis»), Belarus, Russia (festival «WOMAD Russia», «The World of Siberia»), Ukraine, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Moldova, Slovenia, Malaysia (festival «Rainforest»), Switzerland.
Translation: Sergey Bobkov
|Last Updated ( Monday, 07 December 2015 )|
(р) 2011 VIGMA (3666-1, Belarus)
9 tks/61,14 min
TR-studios (Warszawa, Poland)