Stary Olsa

An Evening With

Stary Olsa

Mon, October 9, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Stary Olsa
Stary Olsa
If rock-n-roll had been invented 500 years ago, Stary Olsa is what it would sound like.
In 1999, Zmicier Sasnouski brought
together a diverse group of musicians, some
classically trained and some self-taught, who
shared a common love of history. They set out to
revive some traditional instruments of their
homeland, Belarus, which had faded during World
War II and the Soviet era. Soon, historians all over
Europe were sending them ancient songs from
archives, so they could be heard just as they
sounded 500 years ago.

Like many bands, Stary Olsa’s roster shifted until it settled on the current line-up, which
includes bagpipes, flutes, shaums, lute, rebec, tromba marina, and percussion (including wooden
shoes), with front man Aleys Chumakov belting out vocals in Belarusian. They’ve recorded thirteen
albums of popular European dances, rowdy Slavic drinking songs, epic tales of knights and victory, and
tender ballads from knights to their ladies-in-waiting.
Stary's recent album, “Medieval Classic Rock," is a little different
from the others. The band went on a local Minsk TV show in 2014, and
performed some modern rock songs on their medieval instruments. The
videos went viral, and fans worldwide prompted them to run a Kickstarter
campaign for an all-rock album. The campaign was such a success that they
not only produced the album, they had enough left to tour the USA. And
until you've heard "Iron Man" performed on the hurdy-gurdy, your life is just
not complete.
Today's hits are but "a small stop on a long musical continuum." Stary Olsa shows just how
much our current musical traditions owe to their medieval roots. Come listen to living history and
party like it’s 1199!
Venue Information:
1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO, 64108