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Yan Khmel performs Russian-Ukrainian music medley - video

April 9, 2010, Toronto, Canada

Friday, April 9th, 2010, Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G5 CANADA, Winter Palace Ball and the Gala Charity Fundraiser benefitting Ruskoka, a summer camp for underprivileged children. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Valery Abramov (tenor-saxophone), Oleg Sorin (trumpet).

Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada
ensemble Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada. Click to see all photos

October 28, 2009, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, Ada, Oklahoma.
Concert with a legendary Russian folk singer Nikolai Massenkoff.

Nikolai Massenkoff and Barynya
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Van Nostrand Theatre, Brentwood, New York, October 2009

Cast: Mikhail Smirnov (vocals, garmoshka), Alexander Menshikov (vocals), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Roman Ivanoff (percussions), Serge Rogozin (balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan), Irina Zagornova (vocals), Kagarov sisters (vocals), Dancers: Alexey Maltsev, Danila Sherstobitov, Aliaksandr Anatska, Alexander Rudoy, Valentina Kvasova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ksenya Hentisz, Olga Yeliseyeva.

Barynya concert on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at  Suffolk County Community College, Van Nostrand Theatre, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New York
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Russian "Two Step Dance" -


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Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada, July 2009

Over 10 thousand people attended Barynya performance during Festival in Chicoutimi. Performers: Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Alexander Menshikov, Yan Khmel, Lev Zabeginsky, Valentina Kvasova, Ilia Pankratov.
 
Barynya at the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada July 2009
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Concert in Morristown, New Jersey, February 22, 2009 (video)

Photos from the Petroushka Ball 2009 in New York City


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Barynya Balalaika Orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City
Barynya balalaika orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008 Ensemble Barynya performed during diner Gala after the Liberty Medal 2008 was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush. Official ceremony took place on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at The National Constitution Center located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphias Independence Mall... letter of recommendation.

Eight Barynya dancers, four musicians and three singers entertained a black-tie dinner for more than 1,000 guests. Audience included President George H. W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn. Barynya performed both concert music and dance throughout the evening. President's Bush and Gorbachev were thrilled. World known concert pianist Van Cliburn shake hands with the balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky. MC of the evening, American television journalist Tom Brokaw, used one of our microphones to do the toasts. He was standing next to Barynya musicians on the stage.

Barynya performers: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan); singers: Alexander Menshikov, Irina Zagornova and Diana Bruk; dancers: Anna Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Natalia Ejova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Andrei Kisselev, Ilia Pankratov, Vitaly Verterich and Alexey Maltsev.

Barynya at Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008
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BARYNYA MIDWEST TOUR 2008

Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya midwest tour 2008 started on September 25 in Roseau, MN. Last concert - Monday, November 10, 2008 in Hannibal, MO. 35 full lenght concerts, 3 matinees, view full schedule. List of performers: 6 dancers: Valentina Kvasova, Anna Brovkina, Natia Rtveliashvili, Danila Sherstobitov, Alexander Rudoy, Alexey Maltsev, 3 musicians: Lev Zabeginsky, Yan Khmel, Mikhail Smirnov and singer Alexander Menshikov.

Barynya midwest tour 2008
Barynya midwest tour 2008 album 01
Barynya midwest tour 2008
Barynya midwest tour 2008 album 02

"Maslenitsa". Nayack, New York, 1999

Yan Khmel with Barynya ensemble
Bayan virtuoso Yan Khmel with ensemble Barynya during "Maslenitsa" Celebration in Nayack, New York in 1999. On the photo from left to right: singer Irina Zagornova, Yan Khmel, Edik Kutovoi (balalaika) and Leonid Bruk (balalaika contrabass).

Yan Khmel was the professor of bayan, music arrangement and composition in Kiev Chaikovsky State Conservatory of Music in Ukraine.

Yan Khmel with Barynya ensemble
Yan Khmel with ensemble Barynya.

He made United States home in 1990-th after Soviet Union collapsed.

Yan Khmel with Barynya ensemble
Yan Khmel with ensemble Barynya in 1996 near The Jefferson Memorial at the Missouri History Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri after the concert. On the photo from left to right: Eduard Kutovoi, Mikhail Smirnov, Olga Chpitalnaia, Yan Khmel, Natalia Demidova, Yuriy Vodolaga and Alexander Menshikov.

In the United States Yan started to perform solo, with his son (violinist Lenny Khmel), and with many different orchestras and bands including Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya, Vasily Romany Gypsy Band, singer Irina Zagornova and many others in New York Tri State area.

Yan Khmel with Barynya ensemble
Missouri History Museum in St. Louise.

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