In 1996 in an 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 were Ivan 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 the 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 the creation of such music.
The group 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 a huge number of musical instruments, and also to the high professionalism of musicians – the 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 the influence of world music. In 1998 the group was noticed by Netherlands sound recording company PAN records, this company offers the contract on the release of the debut album “Troitsa”. After the release of the album, some concerts in Byelorussia and in Holland, where collective is loved very much, there is a creative break between members of “Troitsa”.