Koliada

Koliadnyky are Hutsul winter song singers. They are from Kryvorivnia, a village in the Carpathian Mountains which has preserved an ancient winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas, but is much older in its origin, traditions and symbolism.

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  The Koliadnyky from Kryvorivnia perform on unique instruments. Trembita is a Carpathian mountain horn made of a hollowed pine tree that has been struck by lightning and wrapped in birch bark. In the villages they are only used during the Koliada and at funerals. The fiddle is played in the Carpathian style. The musicians also play duda, a bag pipe made from a goat, and tsymbaly, a hammer dulcimer, and a variety of hand-made Carpathian flutes including the tylynka

   Ivan Zelenchuk, is the lead singer or bereza of the Koliadnyky. Mykola Zelenchuk, the son of Ivan,is both a winter song singer and the best trembita (mountain long horn) player in the village. Mykola Ilyuk is a master fiddler and plays most traditional instruments. Vasyl Tymchuk plays the tsymbaly (hammer dulcimer). Ostap Kostyuk plays the duda (bagpipes) and various flutes. 

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2019

Koliada at the Hudson River Museum

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2016

Hutsuls in Kyiv

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2013

Koliada in Toronto

Yara's show "Midwinter Night" with Koliadnyky & Lemon Bucket at Harbourfront and Koliada events in the Toronto community.

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2004

Koliada, Zhadan & the Orange Maydan 

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2018

Hutsuls at the Arsenal

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2015

Koliada in San Francisco

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2012

Koliada in New York

Winter Songs and  Music from the Carpathians at the Ukrainian Museum biannually since 2005

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2004

Koliada art events 

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2018

 

Hutsuls in Kharkiv

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2005-2019

Koliada at La MaMa

A collage of past, present, pagan, and Christian traditions. Ukrainian and English are interwoven in tradition folk song and spoken word. Read more & video links

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2010

Koliada at the Ukrainian Institute

Koliadnyky set the mood and the table and Olesia Lew serves up new versions

of the traditional twelve dishes.

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