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. 

Koliada at the Hudson River Museum

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Hutsuls in Kyiv

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Koliada in Toronto

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

Koliada art events 

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Hutsuls at the Arsenal

Koliada in San Francisco

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Koliada in New York

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

 

Hutsuls in Kharkiv

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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

Koliada at the Ukrainian Institute

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