Irena Kotvitskaya


“AGATA” project was created in 2015 by Irena Kotvitskaya and Alexey Vorsoba in Minsk, Belarus as a duet. Ancient pre-Christian texts and authentic dialects have gained the unique sound due to the original author’s treatment. Belarusian song heritage is placed within modern musical context which includes minimalism, neo-classic and common European folk music forms (waltz, tango, salsa, milonga). Agata’s music is well-known to the audience outside Belarus. The last 10 years Irena and Alexey are participants of international projects (Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland). The duet participates in international festivals in Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia and Norway. Musicians are the organizers of the festival named “Belarusian style” (Minsk, Belarus, 2016). Irena Kotvitskaya - folk singer, songwriter, pianist, educator, ethnomusicologist. Alexey Vorsoba: composer, arranger, teacher, composer of music for movies, animation films, commercials, theatre pieces, performances. members: Alexey Vorsoba – accordion Irena Kotvitskaya – vocal, piano, ocarina, frame drums ( like Shaman Big Earth / Circle (tungur, dungur) guest musicians: drums, bass guitar, loop, Indian flutes of bansuri “Agata legend” Agata is the image from the childhood that hides an ordinary woman with an incredibly heavy fate. Polish of origin, she was born in Lvov. The concentration camp in the childhood, then – the exile to Ural labor camp. She didn’t return to her home country. She had no children, but a lot of unspent love. Stepson Volodya and some children for whom she was a nanny became her family. She has taught us that the power lies in kindness and sympathy and that the most important thing is the life itself, hope and… music. It’s the music of emotional experiences and hopes of a mature man. The music of various fortune and turns of life, such as love and death, children and family, foreign land, war, joy in bad times and sorrow in good times.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

This is my way to communicate with people and talk about the culture of my country. I feel happy when I am able to engage my audience in my worlds

What is your music dream?

It is very important to be a part of world culture, to be able to perform our music in different countries of the world on prestigious stages, to have a worthy payment for work.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would change priorities and culture would put above the economy and politics

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Edith Piaf /Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Pēteris Vasks

What inspires you to make music?

ancient magical rites, the search for self-identification, relationships with men

What is the message you want to send with your music?

the world is love, even unhappy and unrequited

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel great pleasure and excitement, it's fun and I share joy with listeners

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Great competition shifts the focus from talent to marketing art) acquire new skills

What do you think of Drooble?

I do not know yet but I want to see how it works) thanks to the team, you put interesting questions

What frustrates you most as a musician?

I have to get a visa to visit other countries,I would like to have a passport of a citizen of the world

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I create concerts, performances and festivals for other musicians, it gives them the opportunity to show themselves and earn a little money

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

have a clear understanding of the scope of their genre, the target audience and a good team SMM. and of course it is desirable to have an investor for ambitious plans))

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I would like to show a few projects from my region that you probably never heard about New image orkiestra Duet AGATA Port Mone Kazalpin