27/03/2007

Ethno Trio Troitsa - Zhuravy (2001)

Troitsa appeared in 1996 in Belarus, a small Eastern European country situated between Poland and Russia and also sharing borders with Ukraine and Lithuania. The founder of the group and its creative "guiding spirit" was Ivan Ivanovich Kirtchuk, a senior lecturer of the university in Minsk, the Belorussian capital. The name of the band, "Troitsa", which in translation means the numeral three, or the religious term "Trinity", was meant to underline the connection with national traditions. The idea to form such a group came to Ivan's mind in 1986, when he was collecting ethnographic material in Belorussian villages. His main motive for taking this step was the desire to popularize national songs, to connect them with musical traditions of the world. In fact, Belorussian music is quite universal, as it was shaped by various cultural influences mixing up in the country's history. The group is known mainly outside their native land.

In 1997 the band became popular in Russia, and in 1998 they made a big tour across the Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Portugal. The uniqueness of their compositions, the variety of instruments they play, and also their professionalism – Ivan's strong voice and the technical abilities of other musicians – gave them great success with the audience, especially in Holland. "Troitsa" from the beginning used not only national instruments, but also those from other countries of the world, all the same retaining old Belorussian as the language of their songs. Critics described their style as "folk-fusion with the influence of world-music".

In 1998 the group was noticed by a Dutch recording company Pan Records, which offered them a contract for the release of their debut album "Troitsa". After this release and some concerts in Belarus and Holland the group broke up for some time. […] In 2000 Ivan released a solo record, "Heritage Of The Lost Villages". […] which In the autumn of the same year a new line-up, called "Ethno Trio Troitsa", gave their first concert in Minsk. New members of the band were Jury Dmitriev, a guitarist and a pupil of Ivan Kirtchuk, and drummer Jury Pavlovskij, ex-musician of "Kniaz Myshkin". Zhuravy, the first release of the new formation, appeared in Holland in 2001. (gadki.lublin.pl)

Link in comments (thanx again to Valery from Moscow for this post)

If you like Troitsa, look for their Sem album in L'Arbre de les 1000 musiques.

5 comments:

Radu said...

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rz said...

thanks for this post, though i already have this. this group has a strange, baffling, almost enchanting quality & gets me every time. it would be very nice to see their other albums posted as well (saw also a live troitsa album on soulseek but couldn't catch it)...

Sermo said...

I am impressed! Wow! It really always worth to scan through your back-catalogue, dear Radu, and discover gems like this. Beautiful, emotional, strong, infectuous. It's great to have you, to introduce such music to the world. Thanks a lot!

joseph said...

hola recien escucho de este grupo y me gusta de que pais son quisiera saber gracias

Radu said...

Minsk, Belarus.