Pikkardiyska Tertsiya: The Power of the Human Voice

Formed in September 1992 in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, the six members of Pikkardiyska Tertsiya have been entertaining audiences in their home country and abroad with their a cappella musical performances for more than two decades. The group originally consisted of four members performing traditional Ukrainian folk songs and music dating back to the 15th century. Later, two more members joined Pikkardiyska Tertsiya and the six talented singers have expanded their repertoire to around 300 songs, including more modern folk songs, world hit songs and liturgical music, along with the historic music they started out with and some original compositions.

A cappella (meaning ‘in the manner of the church’ in Italian) music refers to singing, either as a soloist or in a group, without being accompanied by musical instruments, although some groups use their voices to imitate the sounds of instruments, as does Pikkardiyska Tertsiya at times. The group – consisting of Andriy Kapral, Andriy Shavala, Volodymyr Yakyments, Bohdan Bohach, Roman Turianyn and Yaroslav Nudyk – has recorded six albums in thirteen years, and has received numerous awards in their home country of Ukraine. They have also performed at concerts around the country and in Poland, Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy and Russia.

Some of the festivals Pikkardiyska Tertsiya have participated in are ‘Songs of a United Europe’ and ‘The Festival of Polish Songs’ in Poland, as well as ‘Vokal Total’ in Munich, being the first group from Eastern Europe to take part in this international festival. The group performed film soundtracks at the international film festival ‘Lato Filmov – The Year in Film’ in Poland in 2012. They also performed in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, in 2001 and in a number of cities in the United States in 2004.

The group’s song Plyve Kacha reached a worldwide audience in tragic circumstances in 2014 when it was played on Kiev‘s Maidan Niezalezhnosti during the funeral for opposition fighters who lost their lives in the events that took place there in February. Certainly, the music of Pikkardiyska Tertsiya resonates with their listeners and appears to transcend barriers of language and geography.