In May 2001, a year after recording of our first album ‘Drolls 2000’, the second album ‘Kalenda Maya’ was created. The recording was conducted in the studio of production center ‘Myllärit’. The CD was released in autumn of the same year. The album contains secular music of the 12th and 14th centuries. In May 2002 the album was officially released by the production center ‘Kailas records’ (Saint-Petersburg), before that time we produced the album on our own. From ‘Kalenda Maya’ we started the tradition of self-made covers for our albums.

‘With little help’ of our friends, of course.

Dmitriy Cherevko - flutes, dombra, cheepsans, maultrommel, vocal
Pavel Popov - oboe, flutes, vocal
Igor Soloviyov - mandolin, kantele, vocal
Sergey Popov - double-bass, viola, iyouhhikko, glockenspiel, vocal
Alexey Nikitin - percussion, jembe, vocal
All themes arranged by Drolls;
Recorded at Mullarit Studio (Petrozavodsk town) in May 2001;
Sound mastering by Sergey Iltchenko
Cover design by Dmitriy Cherevko

Tracks 8, 10, 11 recorded at New Life Studio (Petrozavodsk town) in April 2001; Sound mastering by Pavel Goletz.


In April 2003 the production center ‘Kailas records’ released new Drolls’ album ‘Carminis Vagantibus’ (Student songs) that was recorded in the studio of the production center ‘Dreams Factory’ in January-February 2003. ‘Carminis Vagantibus’ significantly differ from everything that we created before: not only the duration of sounding (22 tracks, more than 73 minutes), but also the content of the program. It is an unusual musical story telling on behalf of a wandering student-goliard about his reckless youth. Artistic and commercial success of ‘Carminis Vagantibus’ exceeds all the previous achievements. The album has been released several times. Many songs of this album were included in varying musical collections and compilations. The fragments of the compositions are in demand in theatrical performances, TV and radio broadcasts and commercials.

Dmitriy Cherevko - recorders, cornamuse, double flute, transverse flute, domra, dombra, maultrommel, vocal
Pavel Popov - rauschpfeife, oboe, recorders, can, vocal
Igor Solovyev - mandolin, medieval harp, vocal
Aleksey Nikitin - djembey, darbukka, landsknechttrommel, percussion, glockenspiel, vocal
Sergey Popov - viola, rebec, vocal
Varlamova Marianna, Vasilyeva Anastasiya, Guleva Valeria, Kotsoban Oksana, Ogorodina Olga (2-4)
recorded and mixed at Dreamworld Center (Petrozavodsk) in January - February 2003.
Sound engineer - Andrey Ivanov
Conception, arranged, produced by Drolls
Design by Dmitriy Cherevko


In Taberna (cover version), 2003

maked by Dmitry Cherevko

This cover is nothing more than a joke which underlines a modern nature of the medieval music. As you can see – the music perfectly matches modern sample rhythms.


Album ‘Via Sacra’ was recording from February to August 2004. It was released by ‘Kailas records’ in November, 2004. Via Sacra – Sacred Road. That is how crusaders called the road to Jerusalem. But we tried to pass the road peacefully, this time with a due respect to Southern Europe. Our journey is accompanied by Spanish cantigas and Provence chansons alongside with dancing music of Greece, Macedonia, Cyprus and Armenia.

Dmitriy Cherevko - recorders, liru, cornamuse, double flute, transverse flute, domra, dombra, maultrommel, vocal
Pavel Popov - rauschpfeife, oboe, vocal
Igor Solovyev - vocal, mandolin, saz, kantele, psaltyr
Aleksey Nikitin - djembey, darbukka, landsknechttrommel, percussion, vocal
Sergey Popov - viola, rebec, hurdy-gurdy, vocal
Vocal group of children's chorus (dir. N. Rachmanova), (15)
Natalya Rachmanova - soprano (15)
Anastasya Dudareva - bassoone (15,17)
recorded and mixed at Dreamworld Center (Petrozavodsk) in February - September 2004. Sound engineer - Andrey Ivanov
Mixed by Andrey Ivanov and Dmitriy Cherevko
Conception, arranged, produced by Drolls
Design by Dmitriy Cherevko


QUINTUS, 1999-2004
On the occasion of the fifth Drolls’ anniversary production center ‘Kailas records’ released album ‘Quintus’ (The fifth). The album includes most favorite songs of our audience as well as rare records that were never released before.

Alongside with sound tracks, the CD contains multimedia section. The section contains video records of different years, rare photos, chronology, discography, publications and even animation based on engravings.

01. Greensleeves (аранжировка английской мелодии XVI в. Д.Черевко)
02. Summer is icumen (England, anon. XII)
03. Cuncti simus (Spain, anon. XIV)
04. Saltarello (Italy, anon. XIV)
05. Lady Carrie Dance (England, anon. XVI)
06. Es war einmal ein Madchen (anon. XVI)
07. 10 Кубков (пер. М.Гаспарова)
08. Lamento di Tristano - La Rotta (Italy, XIV)
09. Chanson (Gauselm Faidit, + ca.1220)
10. La quinte Estampie Royal (France, anon. XIII)

11. Nikriz Persev (Turkey traditional)
12. Pase el aqua (Spain, anon. XVI)
13. In Taberna (Germany, anon. XIII)
14. Douce Dame Jolie ( Machaut, 1300-1377)
15. Null ome per ren (Spain, anon. XIII)
16. Al`entrada del tens clar (France. XIII)
17. Lila Colores (Spain traditional)
18. Kalenda Maya (Vaqueiras, + ca. 1202)
19. Si ti sum (Italy, anon. XVI)
20.Polorum Regina (Spain, anon. XIV)

Compilation "Quintus" - Drolls, 2004
Remastering, design - Dmitriy Cherevko
Photo from archive Drolls
Multimedia - Alexei Puchinin
Video, animation - Dmitriy Utemov
Photo -Roman Churkin, archive Drolls


What is in common among the court-music of France in 13th century, Spanish anthems praising Virgin Mary, kupalian songs* and Balkan dances? At first sight, there are few similarities in these musical styles. But at closer examination we can notice that the kupalian song is a perfect match for the rhythm of the French estampie. And dancing syncope of Macedonia is an excellent match for the reaping chants. Such mixture of different styles is usually called as “world music” but in the sense of timing. It is a mixture of old and ancient, antique and archaic. The participants of this experiment are the early music ensemble “Drolls” and an ethnic band “Guda” (Belarus)
The ethnic band “Guda” is known as a performer of Belarusian rite folklore which came to us in a verbal form from ancestry of modern Belarusian people. The singers of the “Guda” band learned the manner of performance and repertoire from tradition-bearers and performers of the ancient rites living nowadays in the areas distant from urbanization centers.
The album will be presented as an audio-story, all tracks will consequently and smoothly change each other. Recording took place in labels of Petrozavodsk and Minsk cities. The professional drama actors took part in sound and noise effects recording.
One of the best folk-performers in Russia – Alexander Leonov (ex-“REEL” – now-“VA-TA-GA”) – took part in recording.* These songs were the integral part of the celebrations on the Festival of Ivan Kupala. The night of Ivan Kupala was one of the main pagan festivals of the Slavs. And after the Rus was baptized it coincided with the festival of Nativity of John the Baptist.

01. Prologue
02. Oh, my Dusk (trad.)
03. Nevestinko oro (Macedonian trad.)
04. Where did You get in the dew, Yuria? (trad.)
05. TheWitch Polska (Swedish trad.)
06. Kupalka was going down the village (trad.)
07. La tierce Estampie Royal (Franc. Anon. XIII)

Where did You have a bath, Kupala? (Franc. anon. XIII/trad.)
09. La Manfredina (Ital. anon. XIV)
10. Myadunitsa (trad.)
11. Stella Splendens (Llibre Vermell, Spain XIV)
12. Epilogue
13. Jan, where have You been? (trad.)

Cherevko Dmitry - records, leeru, cornamuse, double flute, overtone flute, ocarina, domra, vocal
Popov Pavel - raushpfeife, shawm, vocal
Solovyev Igor - oud, saz, gothic harp, kantele, mandolin, vocal
Nikitine Alexei - darabukka, djambey, landsknechttrommel, tabular bells, percussion, vocal
Popov Sergey - fiddle, rebec, double bass, vocal
Olha Emialyanchyk, Olha Tarasevich, Viktoryia Mikhno, Liubou Sivurova, Katsiaryna Akimova
Alexander Leonov (VA-TA-GA) - (4)
Grandfather: Viktor Kalinousky (1, 12)
Grandson: Oleg Kalinousky (1, 13)
“Drolls” recorded at Dreamworld Center, State National Theater of Republic Karelia (Petrozavodsk), in June – November 2005.
“Guda” recorded: June - July 2005 (Minsk)
Sound engineers - Andrey Ivanov, Valentin Borisevitch, Mikhail Ushinin, Vasily Nikalaenia
Mixed and mastering by Mikhail Ushinin, Dmitry Cherevko
Arranged by Drolls (3,5,7,9,11), Guda (6,10), D.Cherevko(2,4,8,13)
Design by Dmitriy Cherevko


Medieval play of six actors

  • Directed by ELENA ZHUK
  • Screenplay by DMITRI CHEREVKO
  • Choreography by ELENA ZHUK
  • Arrangements by DROLLS
  • Masks by IGOR PEKHOV
  • Video operator: VLADIMIR VOLOTOVSKY jun.
  • Sound recording by MIKHAIL USHININ
The screening took place on the stage of the Karelia Republic Puppеt Theatre (the city of Petrozavodsk)

Удастся ли Школяру спасти свою душу?
Кто скрывается под маской Прекрасной Дамы?
Возможно ли веселиться, не впадая в грех?

In our new work the ensemble will appear in an absolutely different aspect: the ensemble will perform not only as musicians but also as actors in a medieval play. Drolls will show a theatrical play based on the collection of music and poetry items taken from the masterpiece of Carmina Burana dating from the 13th century The action takes place in the medieval tavern where the devoted visitors solve acute problems drinking ale.

The premiere of the spectacle took place in April 2006. Throughout its existence, the spectacle was performed dozens of times for audience in Poland, Finland, Belarus, and Russia. In January 2007 the shooting of a TV-version of the spectacle was made. The DVD was released in the autumn of the same year. The DVD provided with subtitles in Russian (translation of Latin songs), Latin, English and Polish. The DVD also contains a significant unit of addition materials: interviews with the participants, video about the shooting of the spectacle, outtakes and bloopers, photo gallery.



Skomorokhi were the only performers in medieval times of oral, musical and dramatic pieces and they practiced their craft until the mid-seventeenth century. The root of the word "skomorokh" remains a mystery. Initially skomorokhi were the performers of historical songs; later on they expanded their scope, becoming unique actors who had a variety of skills such as playing music, singing, dancing, animal training, performing puppet shows, acrobatics, etc. Skomorokhi had a great political significance in the internal life of Rus, which lead to persecution first by the church and then by the government from the sixteenth century. Nevertheless, the people's need for music was so deep that these repressive measures were not able to stop folk music. People's neglect of folk music came later, when Peter the Great started his reforms and Russia was influenced by western culture. Folk art did not have any professional representatives therefore its development ceased under the influence of European music and this type of folk art took on new forms.

The idea to create this concert program came to us when we participated in the screening of the historical movie "Alexander. Nevskaya Bitva" devoted to the outstanding personality of Alexander Nevsky (1221-1263). In this movie members of the Drolls ensemble played the roles of skomorokhi. The repertoire was chosen especially for the screening and it became a basis for the new concert program and this disc. The skomorokhi's activity was widely reflected in literature, art masterpieces and historical documents. The written texts of the songs were preserved but the music wasn't. That is why Drolls used the samples of folk music connecting it with true historic texts while reconstructing skimorokhi's music.

Игорь Соловьёв - пение, кантеле
Дмитрий Черевко - пение, свирель, двойная свирель, жалейка, калюки, обертоновая флейта, пастушья труба, варган, домра, коса
Павел Попов - пение, жалейка, шалмей
Сергей Попов - пение, гудки, колёсная лира
Алексей Никитин - пение, бубны, бубенцы, трещотки

Аранжировки Drolls
Записано в Петрозаводске в апреле 2008г.
Звукорежиссура, дизайн, вступительная статья: Дмитрий Черевко
Продюсирование: Drolls


Decimus, 2009

Our audience knows us in varying images: medieval goliards, court minstrels, actors of street theatres, Russian skomorokhs and even Saami shamans.
The Repertoire of Drolls contains about two hundreds piece of music. Most of them is included in the discography. However in spite of a long and successful concert life, over last ten years new unrecorded compositions have been accumulated! Some of the compositions were released earlier but they have grown up and now sound differently.

These particular ‘veterans’ of the concert life are included in our anniversary album. Decimus means ‘ten’. The tenth album, ten years…
In October 1999 the first concert of the ensemble of early music ‘Drolls’. Since that time our history has begun and still goes on. For ten years of our life hundreds of concerts were played, thousands of touring kilometers were passed. In total we recorded and released ten albums and one DVD.

Дмитрий Черевко – блокфлейты, маультроммель, вокал
Игорь соловьев – вокал, готическая арфа, аль-уд, саз, мандолина
Павел Попов – раушпфайф, шалмей, вокал
Сергей Попов – фидель, ребек, контрабас, вокал
Алексей Никитин – ландскнехттроммель, джамбей, дарабукка, накры, ручной барабан, литавры, колокола, глокеншпиль, тарелки, перкуссия, вокал
При участии: Воронский Николай – тромбон

Аранжировки Drolls
Записано в Петрозаводске в марте-июле 2009г.
Звукорежиссура, фото, дизайн – Д. Черевко
Мастеринг – Alex Rosen