Trombitáši Štefánikovci (the Štefánik Trombita Players) is a folk band established in 2008. The core members are brothers Ján Štefánik and Pavol Štefánik and their brother-in-law Pavol Novosád from Nimnica village, completed with other musicians from this region. On CD called Grúňom hore (Up to the pasture hill), which was released in 2017, you could hear also Peter Peťovský, Daniel Káčer and Juraj Štefánik, group of male singers from Púchov valley and two musicians from nearby Vsetín – Jura Kašparík and Kačka Mrlinová.
This folk band is using many instruments typical for this region – not only trombitas, but also shepherd horns, fujaras and various shepherd flutes. Three of the band members – Ján Štefánik, Pavol Novosád a Ivan Bobot – are also instrument makers (they received some awards for making and playing them). Their music with other instruments added: heligónka accordion, jew´s harp, stumblebum, bagpipes, tuned cow bells, bass and viola, and also with male and female voices, represents a very interesting and original recording, which have a lot of positive feedback not only from Slovakia, but also from abroad.
„The brand new album by TheStefanikovcibrothers is an open window to a musical tradition most of us never heard of. This is a "welcome" opportunity to indulge yourself in new sounds that are quite old which are performed by a very confident group of musicians that deserve close attention. Highly recommended!“
Gil Medovoy, programmer/co-director World Music Department,
KDVS 90,3 FM, Davis, California, USA
„The first time I listened to the CD of the Stefanikovci group I had a wonderful sensation of being led outdoors by the music to vast open spaces and up on higher ground giving me a sense of reaching out to complete freedom. It is a beautiful CD that will satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur of world music. Very enjoyable CD – Two thumbs up“
Reha Uz, radio broadcaster,
Acik Radyo FM 94.9 ISTANBUL
„Sheep bleat, a whip cracks, an ensemble of trombitas – very long naturally curved pine no- hole trumpet horns (akin to alpenhorns but more rustic and without the latters´big bel-flare) – echoes, and strong masculine voices harmonise, straining for a hitting the high notes. A heligónka accordeon chugs into rhythm, the voices join, someone whistles shrilly, birdlike.
A jew´s-harp plays a staggering rhythm, joined by a short fujara, high whistles, tuned cowbells and the singing. A no-hole koncovka whistle takes a plaintive natural-scale line, a solo voice picks up the melody; a second voice, female, cuts across, repeating the first with a time delay. The horns chorus, then the koncovka is alone again, before a pair of them duet across one another. Wonderful..“
Andrew Cronshaw, musician and journalist,
fRoots Magazine, March 2018