Stary Olsa: Medieval Music Band from Belarus - Performance

STARY OLSA is a medieval Belarusian music band from Minsk, Belarus. It was founded in 1999 by its present leader Zmicier Sasnoŭski and now consists of 6 musicians. It takes its name from an old brook in Belarus. 

Stary Olsa has released 10 studio albums and 3 live albums. The band uses maximal exact copies of old aged instruments such as Belarusian bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, gusli (Baltic psaltery), svirel (reed pipe), shawms, jew's-harp, Belarusian trumpet, rebec, lute, cister, tromba marina, and drums. The band’s music is deeply and inextricably linked to the traditional culture, history and musical traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Besides its own  concerts, the band performs at mediaeval culture festivals, spear-runnings,  folklore and music festivals in Eastern and Western Europe, USA.

Stary Olsa’s aim is to not only introduce audiences to the beauty of the Belarusian culture and the richness of its age-old musical traditions, but also show how much it has in common with modern rock music as they bring living history to the stage!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

University Memorial Center (UMC), Glenn Miller Ballroom
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

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Russian, GSLL

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
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