Barvinok was formed almost 30 years ago out of a love of playing Ukrainian music and performing for zabavas, festivals, concerts, weddings, malankas and events in Western Canada. Their special style combines contemporary Ukrainian music with other dance favourites.
The group consists of internationally acclaimed professional 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 national artists and ensembles from Ukraine and Canada. Rounding out Barvinok is Orest Pohoreski (sax/keyboard/vocals) originally with Bukovina Brass out of Toronto before moving west and joining 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.
Unique to zabava bands, all four musician contribute strong vocals and harmonies to the dynamic sound tapestry that is … “Barvinok"