Barvinok zabava band has been delighting people with toe-tapping, hip-swaying, head turning zabava and listening music since 1994. Their special style combines contemporary Ukrainian music along with many other dance favourites.
The group consists of internationally acclaimed musicians from Ukraine: Fedir Gotsaliouk (accordion/vocals), Victor Ruduke (guitar/vocals), and Mychailo Musienko (keyboard/vocals). These three have performed with such legendary groups as Svityaz, Smerichka and Halychany, along with various artists and ensembles from Ukraine and Canada. Rounding out Barvinok is Orest Pohoreski (sax/keyboard/vocals) originally with Bukovina Brass out of Toronto/Hamilton before moving west to helped form the zabava band Charka with Victor prior to Barvinok.
The members of the band live in both Calgary and Edmonton - so the roads of Alberta and Western Canada are well-travelled by Barvinok. The band may be regularly found on the road travelling to festivals, dances and weddings where they will perform a mix of Ukrainian and English tunes special to the particular event.
Barvinok has been honoured to be the Zabava band for the past 11 years for the Viter Ukrainian Dances and Folk Choir's Malanka - the biggest and best malanga in western Canada!
Unique to zabava bands, all four musicians contribute strong vocals and harmonies to the dynamic sound tapestry that is Barvinok.