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Kviecień & Nasta Niakrasava (Belarus)

(21.07.2012, 11:00 PM, Magazyn Kultury | Kolanko No 6 – as a part of „The Night of the Songs” concert)

(23.07.2012, 8:00 PM, Magazyn Kultury | Kolanko No 6)

Belarussian songs and dances workshops (23.07.2012, 4:00-6:00 PM, Magazyn Kultury | Kolanko No 6)


The band Kviecień is reconstructing traditional Belarussian singing and vocal techniques of various regions of Belarus, based on archival recordings and their own field research. Repertoire of the band consist of annual ritual songs and lyrical songs, that amaze listeners with colorful consonances and spaciousness. The instrumental trio that make up the group: Dzianis Suchi, Staś Čuvas, Jauhen Baryšnikaŭ - draws inspiration from bagpipe traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Without trying to be academic, the musicians pay attention to the honesty and naturalness of the message. Dzianis Suchi - is one of the greatest masters of both the production and the traditional technique of playing the bagpipes and the violin. Staś Čuvas - piper and violinist, student of Dzianis Suchy. Jauhen Baryšnikaŭ plays percussion and bagpipes, explores the secrets of traditional drum accompaniment, and teaches about bagpipe traditions. All three are active members of the informal Belarusian Piper Club - an association of pipers and instrument makers in Belarus.

At the festival, Kviecień will present Belarusian songs and instrumental music; it will also be possible to take part in traditional Belarusian games and learn traditional dances.


Band members:

Nasta Niakrasava – vocals

Taćciana Tkačova – vocals

Dzijana Buchałka – vocals

Taćciana Sieńko – vocals

Dzianis Suchi – bagpipe, violin

Staś Čuvas – bagpipe, violin

Jauhen Baryšnikaŭ – bagpipe, percussion instruments


Nasta Niakrasava

Nasta Niakrasava is a Belarussian vocalist, coming from Polesie. For years she has been working in the music of Belarussian Polesie, going on field researches in Belarus and Polish Podlasie. One of the first young artists, who went „a capella” on the professional stage with traditional Belarussian songs. She initiated student team of reconstruction of Belarussian folk songs and dances „Kviecień” at the University in Minsk. Participant of many international festivals, a laureate of many prestigious awards, for example: Grand Prix and Czesław Niemen Award at the 12th Polish Radio Festival 'New Tradition' 2009. In July, 2011 the album „Vir” of the band FolkRoll & Nasta Niakrasava was released by Polish Radio. Currently she is a part of international project „R.U.T.A. Na Uschod”, in which she sings with artists from Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

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