Photo: Leshczenko Michail
A folklorist, researcher of traditional singing techniques. She is primarily an artist by education, which allows her to apply nontraditional approaches in her research on singing culture and look at the songs and their singers outside strictly academic frames. Iryna has spent over 20 years on her interest in traditional singing and under her belt has many thousands of kilometres made during field research. She conducts regular research and educational activities with a generation of young people. Iryna examines the specific character of traditional singing in various regions of Belarus in direct contact with the carriers of tradition. Together with her students, she forms the band “Kudmień”. She’s the co-founder of the association “Student Ethnographic Society” that for 20 years has been actively exploring, adapting and popularizing the values of traditional culture.