Music and Song of Old Russia and the Russian Diaspora
Music and Song of Old Russia and the Russian Diaspora. Legends of Russian immigration: Pyotr Lescenko, Russian Gypsy chanson performer Alyosha Dimitrievich, Russian Gypsy singer Zhenya Shevchenko, singer Gari Nova and Russian balalaika band "The Balalaika Russe", Bibs Ekkel and his group "Tziganka", singer Nikolai Massenkoff and other performers of Russian and Gypsy music ourside of Russia.
Russian singer Pyotr Leshchenko
Russian singer Pyotr Leshchenko - "The King of Russian Tango" - was born on June 14, 1898 a citizen of the Russian Empire in village Isaeva. His father was a clerk, mother - illiterate. During the First World War, his mother and stepfather moved to Kishinev (now part of Moldavia) which was later annexed by Romania. As a result Leshchenko has been claimed as a national by Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. He sang almost exclusively in the Russian language. In his early childhood he sang in a church choir and learned how to play the balalaika and the guitar... read more, download mp3
Alyosha Dimitrievich - Russian Gypsy chanson performer
Alyosha Dimitrievich (Dimitrievich Aleksey Ivanovich) was born on March 23, 1913 at the Northern part of Russian Imperia, at the DAL'NY VOSTOK, (close to CHINA) in Roma (Gypsy) family that made living by traveling from town to town, singing and dancing. Alyosha was the forth and the last child in the family. In the end of the Russian Civil War (about 1920-1921) Dimitrievich family with the Army of the General Kolchak moved from Vladivostok to Kharbin, running from the communists regime. They traveled from Hong Kong to Java, Sumatra, Ceylon, Birma (Barma) and Calcutta and many other places and countries. ... read more
Russian Gypsy singer Zhenya Shevchenko
Shevchenko Zhenya (Eugenia Pavlovna) - performer of Russian and Gypsy (Roma) songs and romances from New York City. She was born in Kiev in 1927, in 1942 immigrated with her family to Prague. She has a unique voice - deep contralto. In the United States she took voice lessons from L.F. Shalyapina. In Paris she was working as a singer and dancer in restaurant "Balalaika", where she learned a few songs from Gypsy chanson genius Alyosha Dimitrievich. For some time she was a makeup consultant for Jacqueline Kennedy. Zhenya likes swimming, photography and does fortune-telling professionally. In 1956 she was in the movie "Anastasia" with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner - in restaurant scene she is singing "Moscow, the Gold Domed One..." ("Maskva Zlatoglavaya"). In 1992 she was touring in Russia where she recorded two compact disks titled "The Queen of Gypsy Song" ("Koroleva Tsyganskoi Pesni")... pictures, mp3 files
Bibs Ekkel: musician, composer and linguist
Born in 1946 in England of mixed Polish-English background, Bibs Ekkel is both musician and linguist. His career as one of very few outstanding professional balalaika players outside Russia has brought him much recognition worldwide, including in the balalaika's Motherland, where he has performed on radio and TV as well as at Moscow's prestigious "Hall of Columns" and "Tchaikovsky Hall".
Russian folk singer Nikolai Massenkoff
Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian and Gypsy singer Nikolai Massenkoff born of Russian parents in the "White Russian" community in China.
Singer Gary Nova and balalaika band "The Balalaika Russe"
GARY NOVA (voice and guitar) has been singing Russian and Ukrainian songs ever since he can remember, starting out as a youth in his native Ukraine, and picking up the guitar somewhere along the way. Known as "The Russian Crooner," he has made many appearances throughout the United States and Europe, in places such as Lincoln Center in New York City, and The Palace in Gstadd, Switzerland. His recording on the Armen label of "I Remember Russia," a fine example of his talent, has been extremely popular in the Russian emigre community in America... read more, pictures
The Balalaika Russe album "Heart On The Snow"
The Balalaika Russe - "Heart On The Snow" Album
Since its inception in the early 1970's, the BALALAIKA RUSSE has grown in popularity and proficiency and is now considered the finest ensemble of its kind in the USA. This colorful sextet has performed from Washington to Maine and Europe, at such venues as society balls and affairs, at local church halls, outdoor concerts and festivals, weddings, club dates, and on the concert stage.... MP3 samples, order
Russian Dance and music ensemble "Barynya"
Russian folk dance and music trio "Barynya" was founded in November 1991 by Russian accordion player Mikhail Smirnov, dancer Sasha Anchutin, and Russian folk singer Natalia Demidova. The first show took place at the Russian restaurant "Fyodoroff" in Carle Place, New York. Ensemble Barynya performes songs from repertoire of Pyotr Lescenko, Alyosha Dimitrievich, Zhenya Shevchenko. Musicians of Barynya ensemble had an honer to accompany Zhenya Shevchenko and Gary Nova in New York... pictures, music
Pyotr Leshchenko Club
The Peter Lescenko Club, organized in 1991, is named after the most famous singer of the Russian Diaspora and father of the Russian tango Peter Konstantinovich Leschenko (or, according to the standard spelling of the time—Lescenko). The great bass Fedor Chaliapine called Lescenco a “record singer,” as his records sold millions of copies throughout the world.
Russian singers for hire
RUSSIAN FOLK SONGS LYRICS