Stary Olsa In Concert
9/13/2016 → 7:30 – 9:30 pm ~ Doors Open: 6:30 pm ~ All Ages ~ Annex
$25 Online – $30 at the Door → TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Children 12 & under = $10
STARY OLSA hails from Minsk, Belarus. Founded in 1999 by its present leader Zmicier Sasnoŭski, it now consists of six musicians. Their goal is to recreate the long lost music and culture of medieval Europe’s greatest nation, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Stary Olsa brings to life the sounds of many forgotten instruments, such as Belarusian bagpipe, gusli, svirel, ocarina, birch bark trumpet, and hudok (Belarusian rebec). These are all made with exacting standards, to look and sound just like the instruments that were played in castles and battlefields, back in the times of knights and chivalry.
Their music comes directly from ancient manuscripts, many of which were lost or hidden during World War II and have only recently returned to the public. The historian-musicians of Stary Olsa have spent many an hour in the libraries of Krakow, transcribing old texts to recover these long-lost songs and poems. They’ve received national awards for their work in restoring these cultural treasures of Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic states.
In 2014, the band tried something fun: they went on a local TV station and covered some modern rock songs on their historic instruments. To everyone’s surprise, the videos went viral! This year, in response to worldwide demand, they are releasing their 13th album, funded completely on Kickstarter–all Medieval Rock covers! Featuring hits from Metallica to the Beatles, the album will be available this summer and can be pre-ordered HERE.
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Stary Olsa Tour Dates 2016
You can catch Stary Olsa on tour in North America this fall. Here’s a list of some of their upcoming shows–check their website or Facebook for the latest schedule!
Aug 19: Mountain View, CA
Aug 21-22: Ashland, OR (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
Aug 24: Duvall, WA (SummerStage)
Aug 26-27: Lehi, UT (Utah Renaissance Faire)
Aug 29: Denver, CO
Aug 30: North Platte, NE
Sept 3-5: Minneapolis, MN (Minnesota Renaissance Festival)
Sept 10-11: Kansas City, KS (Kansas Renaissance Festival)
Sept 13: Chicago, IL (Copernicus Center)
Sept 15-16: Toronto, Canada Sept 17: Ottawa, Canada
Sept 18: Colchester, VT
Sept 21: New York City, NY
Sept 24: Indiana, PA (private wedding)
Sept 25: Greenbelt, MD
Sept 26:Columbia, MD
Sept 27: Wallingford, MD
Sept 28: Media, PA
Oct 2: Fayetteville, NC
Oct 7: Austin, TX
Oct 8 – 9: Houston, TX (Texas Renaissance Festival)
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