Some of the songs you can discover
on this site are more than a thousand years old. For centuries they were
passed from generation to generation only by the oral tradition,
evolving, sometimes staying close to what they sounded like in those
ancient days. Even today there are Russian villages where this tradition
still exists, but it is quickly fading. As the time goes by, the old
masters pass away, and the young villagers tend to choose the modern
beautiful songs were recorded over the years in ethnographic expeditions
to those villages, but only a small part of them was either released as
an authentic village recording or performed by other folk ensembles, and
even those recordings are mostly available only in Russia.
EthnoRussia is a
project dedicated to preserving ancient traditional Russian songs,
sharing our knowledge and promoting Russian traditional music in the
about project news, upcoming and recent performances, and other events, please
check out our calendar!