The ensemble of spiritual and folk music “Mnogaya Lyeta” was established at the Department of Folk Song Performance of the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts in 2008. The leader of the team is an ethnomusicologist, ethnic singer, art. lecturer of the department Anna Koropnichenko.
Today the ensemble consists of university graduates, residents of different regions of Ukraine – Polissya, Podillya, Lower Dnieper, Southern Ukraine, Galicia, Transcarpathia. Accordingly, the band’s repertoire is selected from songs that best match the natural voice data of the performers. The main direction of work is to try to recreate the traditions of song performance of Polissya and Middle Dnieper. Over the years (2008-2021) the ensemble has mastered the repertoire, which includes about a hundred songs of various genres, recorded by the leader and members of the band in different parts of Ukraine. An important part of the repertoire consists of lyrical songs – social (Cossack, recruit, soldier, milk, strokar) and family. The ensemble does not miss the ancient layer of Ukrainian folklore – ritual songs of calendar and family cycles, as well as traditional dances.
Important in the band’s repertoire were works of spiritual content – psalms from different regions of Ukraine, as well as ancient liturgical songs recorded by village clergy. For the last 5 years the ensemble has supplemented its repertoire with liturgical songs of other churches: Serbian, Bulgarian, Georgian. A number of works are performed in the original language – Aramaic, Old Georgian.
The ensemble has repeatedly participated in many festivals and competitions both in Ukraine (Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Ternopil, Lutsk, Kaniv, Chyhyryn) and in CIS and foreign countries – Belarus (Minsk, Grodno), Russia (St. Petersburg). , Poland (Bialystok, Hajnówka), Bulgaria (Pomorie), the Czech Republic (Prague), Slovakia (Banská Bystrica), Italy (Rome, Chieti, Lanciano, Manopello), Lithuania (Vilnius).