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11-11-2020. Virtual showcase for the Southeastern Wisconsin Library Youth Services
On Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Alisa Egorova, Vladimir Nikitin performed a virtual performance-showcase for Southeastern Wisconsin Library Youth Services. 10 min demonstation included Russian folk dance Kalinka, Russian dance Metelitsa, Ukrainian dance Pidmanula and other selections. SEWI Youth Services Performers’ Showcase 2020 happened online via Zoom Webinar. Library staffs from Arrowhead, Bridges, Kenosha County, Lakeshores, Milwaukee County and Monarch Library Systems registered at no cost. This program was sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin public library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System and Monarch Library System.
November 5th, 2020. Virtual performances at the Evergreen Elementary School, San Jose, California
On Thursday, November 5th, 2020 dancers and musicians of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya presented two virtual performances for the students of the Evergreen Elementary School, San Jose, California. Exact address of the school: 3010 Fowler Rd, San Jose, CA 95135. Forty five min program of each assembly included introduction to Russian language, culture, Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) and balalaika contrabass. Cast of performers: dancer Konstantin Tulinov, Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), dancer Elena Notkina, dancer Alexander Rudoy, dancer Katsiaryna Mileuskaya,
dancer Zheniya Berdzinishvili, dancer Vladimir Nikitin, dancer Sergey Tsyganok, dancer Veronika Hunko, dancer Valentina Kvasova, dancer Maryia Zhukovich,
dancer Olga Chpitalnaia, dancer Anna Brovkina, dancer Katerina Brovkina, dancer Irina Kl, dancer Ilia Pankratov, dancer Danila Sherstobitov, and dancer Aliaksandr Anatska.
01-23-2020. "From Russians With Love", Concert with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC
On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 Elina Karokhina, and Mikhail Smirnov performed joined concert titled "FROM RUSSIANS WITH LOVE" with Charleston Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Yuriy Bekker. Program of performance: Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “ Polonaise ” from Eugene Onegin, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Modest Mussorgsky, (arr. Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov) Night on Bald Mountain, Stravinsky's Firebird Infernal Dance Berceuse Finale, Aram Khachaturian's “Sabre Dance“ from Gayane, Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov “Flight of the Bumble Bee” from Tale of Tsar Saltan, Russian Folk Song "Oche Chiornie" (Dark Eyes), arr. Carmen Dragon, Lionel Bart, arr. John Bachalis “ From Russia With Love “ from James Bond: From Russia With Love, Maurice Jarre, arr. Bill Holcombe “Laura’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago, Russian Folk Song "Kalinka", Russian Folk Song "Kamarinskaiya", Russian Folk Song "Valenki", Russian Folk Song "Korobushka", Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Finale” from Symphony No . 4 in F minor, Op. 36. All instrumental numbers were performed by Elina and MIkhail on guitar, and the traditional Russian instruments balalaika and garmoshka. After the performance conductor Yuriy Bekker, tenor Edward Brennan, Mikhail and Elina stepped into the lobby of the beautuful Charleston Gaillard Center to sign concert posters and take photos with people who attended the performance. Exact address of the venue: 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
October 2019, Emirates-Russian Week, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,
Musicians of Barynya ensemble provided several thirty minute performances during Emirates-Russian Week at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The most important guest of the Emirates-Russian Week were Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as United Arab Emirates' Prime minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, North Carolina
On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, two dancers and two musicians of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya proided dance and music workshop with questions and answers from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and formal performance from 12:00PM to 1PM at the Cumberland Hall Auditorium on Fayetteville campus Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Students learn facts about Russia, and asked questions about Russian Culture and e njoy traditional Russian folk dances, music, and songs performed on garmoshka, and balalaika. Cast of performers: dancer Alisa Egorova, singer Mikhail Smirnov, balalaika player Elina Karokhina, and dancer Sergey Tsyganok.
Russian Themed Surprice Birthday Party, Chinar On The Island, Staten Island, New York, Russian dancers, musicians, singers, MC, Tamada, October 24, 2020
On Saturday, October 24th, 2020 five members of ensemble Barynya - Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocals, guitar), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Alisa (dancer), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), and Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass) - provided entertainment during Russian themed Surprice Birthday Party at the Chinar On The Island, 283 Sand Ln, Staten Island, NY 10305. The company met the Guest of Honor Сергей Владимирович at the door with Bread and Salt ceremony followed by CHAROCHKI (величальная для именинника) dressed in traditional costumes with live music, and the Russian Bear. When guests were seated inside dancers and musicians provided a program with musicians playing the balalaika, garmoshka, balalaika contrabass, singing popular Russian songs, dancers performing several dance selections including Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Jewish, Tatar with multiple costume changes. Artistic director of ensemble Barynya Mikhail Smirnov took care of Tamada/MC entertainment introducing toasts, and doing couple of games and trivia with guests, Guest of Honor and his wife.
Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019, St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Dexter, Michigan
Dancers, singers, and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided several performances during 7th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019 that was taking place on the gounds of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Dexter, Michigan on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, 2019. Cast: Alisa Egorova (dancer), Serhiy Tsyganok (dancer), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Simona Zhukovski (dancer), balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (artistic director).
Faith Food & Fellowship Festival, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, E.Meadow, Long Island
On Saturday, August 31st, 2019 ensemble Barynya (Leonid Bruk, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov) provided three hours performance during Faith Food and Fellowship Festival-2019 at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, Long Island from 12 to 3pm. The program of performance included Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Moldavian, Tatar, Jewish and Gypsy folk songs, music and dancing.
International Society's 100 Year Anniversary Party in Howell, Michigan
Dancers and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided one hour concert that included Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Tatar, Russian Gypsy Roma, Moldavian, Jewish Bottle Dancers, live performances on Balalaika and Garmoshka during International Society's 100 Year Anniversary party in Howell, Michigan. Ensemble Barynya cast included Alisa Egorova (dancer), Serhiy Tsyganok (dancer), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Maxim Al Names (dancer), balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, and Russian ethnomusicologist, folk singer, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) player Mikhail Smirnov who led the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English.
Russian dancers, singers and musicians of ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Lone Tree, Colorado on Saturday, March 9th, 2019. Cast of Barynya ensemble included dancers
Alisa Egorova, and musicians
Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass),
Elina Karokhina (balalaika),
Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals).
Dancers performed Moldavian dance, Sailors' dance, Barynya, Kalinka, Hopak, Danila Cooper, Jewish wedding dances (Bottle dance, Candle dance), Siberian, Gypsy, Cossack, and other selections. Exact address of the venue: Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO 80124.
Ensemble Barynya, Colorado, Russian dancers, Lone Tree Arts Center, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Wedding at the Rockwood Park Carriage House, Wilmington, Delaware
Performance of traditional Moldovan dance during wedding reception at the Rockwood Park Carriage House in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Cast of dancers included Vladimir Nikitin, Valentina Kvasova, Konstantin Tulinov, and Olga Chpitalnaia. Dancers performed Russian folk dance "Kalinka", two Jewish wedding dance routines (Bottle dance, Candle dance), and traditional dance from Moldova (an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic). Exact address of the venue: Rockwood Park Carriage House, 4671 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE 19809.
On Saturday, October 13th, 2018 Russian dance, song and dance ensemble Barynya (Vladimir Nikitin, Irina Zagornova, Leonid Bruk, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov) provided 90 min performance sponsored by Freeport Community Concert Association (FCCA) at the Freeport High School, 50 S Brookside Ave, Freeport, NY 11520.
04-29-2018. Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival, Astoria, Queens, April 2018
Sunday, April 29th, 2018 during performance of ensemble Barynya at the Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival on Steinway Street (between Broadway & 31st Avenue) in Astoria, Queens. Dancers: Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocals), Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani (singer, 7 string Russian guitar).
Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens
04-17-2018. Darien High School
Russian music, dance and song ensemble "Barynya" provided Russian folk song and dance workshop and formal 90 min performance on Tuesday, April 17th 2018 at the Darien High School, 80 High School Lane, Darien CT 06820. Folk songs and dance master class with high school and middle school students started at 5pm. Performance started at 7pm. Cast of Barynya performers: Vladimir Nilitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia, Dinara Subaeva, Leonid Bruk, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Program of performance: Russian folk song and dance KALINKA (The Snowball Tree), Russian song and dance METELITSA (The Snowstorm), Sibirian Nanai dance (НАНАЕЦ), BARYNYA, PIDMANULA, KAMARINSKAIA, TATARSKIY, contrabass-balalaika solo, Jewish Candle dance, Andgry Husband (КАК ЗАСТАВИЛ МЕНЯ МУЖ), Jewish Bottle dance (БУТЫЛКИ), Peddlers (КОРОБУШКА), Cossack dance (КАЗАЧИЙ ТАНЕЦ ВАРЕНЬКА), Russian Tongue-Twisters (СКОРОГОВОРКИ), Sailors dance (ЯБЛОЧКО), Ukrainian National Dance "Hopak" (ГОПАК), Dark Eyes (ОЧИ ЧЕРНЫЕ), Russian Gypsy Romani dance Mardzhandzha (ЦЫГАНСКИЙ ТАНЕЦ МАРДЖАНДЖА), Waltz Durane (ДЮРАН), and other selections.
APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) showcase New York City, January 13th, 2018
Saturday, January 13th, 2018, 8:40pm. APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) showcase NYC. New York Hilton Towers, Regent Parlor, 2nd Floor, 6th Ave., Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY. Music, song and dance performance during Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual booking conference at the Hilton Hotel NYC (at 54th Street), 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, USA.
University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, October 2017
Russian festival, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, NY
Ensemble Barynya (from left to right) Andrei Kisselev, Elina Karokhina, Yana Volkova, Alisa Egorova, Aleena Kisselev, Mikhail Smirnov, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, New York click image above to see more photos from New Russia Cultural Center in Rensselaer, New York
Barynya concert on June 25, 2016, 6pm. Southampton Cultural Center
Saturday, June 25, 2016. 6–7PM without intermission. 60 minute performance with 6 dancers and 3 musicians at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Ln, Southampton, NY 11968. www.scc-arts.org. Cast:
Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), dancers: Ilia Pankratov, Alexander Rudoy, Vladimir Nikitin, Anna Brovkina, Katya Brovkina, Olga Chpitalnaia
01. “BARYNYA”, RUSSIAN FOLK DANCE
02. “DR. ZHIVAGO”, INSTRUMENTAL
03. “THE SNOWSTORM”, SIBERIAN TRADITIONAL DANCE
04. “SKOROGOVORKEE”, RUSSIAN TONGUE TWISTERS
05. “NANAETS”, SIBERIAN SUMO FIGHTING DANCE
06. “DANILA KOOPER”, DANCE OF RUSSIAN NOBILITY
07. “KOROBUSHKA”, RUSSIAN FOLK SONG
08. «MARDZHNDZHA», GYPSY-ROMANI DANCE
09. WALTZ “BABOCHKA”, INSTRUMENTAL
10. “HOPAK”, UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE
11. “THE MOON IS SHINING BRIGHTLY”, TRADITIONAL
12. “EVREISKAIYA SVAD'BA”, RUSSIAN-JEWISH WEDDING DANCE
13. BALALAIKA MEDLEY, INSTRUMENTAL
14. VARENKA, SONG AND DANCE OF COSSACKS
15. CHARDASH, INSTRUMENTAL
16. KALINKA, RUSSIAN FOLK DANCE
Elina Karokhina at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, May 2016
Musical director of Barynya ensemble, balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina performed six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 23rd, 24th, and 27th, 2016 as a soloist of "The Orchestra Rocks" production. Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brought together thousands of New York City students and teachers for annual "Link Up" concerts, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke's, choir and three opera singers.
On January 14, 2015 musical director and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was selected to performed the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre from St. Petersburg, Russia in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the BAM - Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. Some photos and video from Shchedrin’s rarely staged musical treasure, based on the story by Nikolai Leskov are available on Barynya website
January 2015, restaurant Romanoff, Brooklyn, New York
Photo by Dmitriy Moryak, Creative Director, City AD Group, www.CityAdGroup.com
Photo by Dmitriy Moryak, Creative Director, City AD Group, www.CityAdGroup.com
Performance with Russian singer Nikolai Massenkoff at the Graceland University's Shaw Center, Shaw Family Auditorium, Lamoni Campus, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140 on Friday, April 04, 2014. ALL PHOTOS and VIDEO from Lamoni, Iowa
One week school resedency in Bristol, Maine, May 11-15, 2014.
Two dancers and two musicians of ensemble "Barynya": Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina and Olga Chpitalnaia were teaching kids Russian dance, music and culture at the Bristol Consolidated School in Bristol, Maine. In the end of the week kids were able to perform a concert of Russian dance for the local community. All photos and videos from Bristol, Maine.
Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition "Faberge Revealed", Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013.
Photo from concert of "Barynya" ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) during exhibition "Faberge Revealed" in Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013. Barynya cast: Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Anna Brovkina, Aliaksandr Anatska, Alexander Rudoy. All photos made by Shawn Fitzgerald Photography are available on Barynya website.
Georgian dance and Russian Gypsy song & music concert in Yonkers, New York, July 2012
Barynya trio (Mikhail Smirnov, Alexander Menshikov, Elina Karokhina) and Pesvebi Georgian dancers performed together a program of Georgian music and dances of Caucasus Mountains, Russian and Gypsy song, and balalaika music. The performance took place during the Summer Worldfest Series at the Saunders Trades and Technical High School, 183 Palmer Road, Yonkers, NY 10701.
State Capella of Saint Petersburg, St.Petersburg, Russia, February 27, 2012.
Soloists of ensemble Barynya Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov were invited to perform at the concert dedicated to celebration of 80th jubilee of Mr. Nikolai Aleksandrovich Shubin, famous teacher of the balalaika and domra. Elina and Mikhail played a very difficult medley that consisted of Russian folk songs, classical and popular hits. The concert took place at the "State Capella of Saint Petersburg", one of the most prestigious concert halls in St. Petersburg, Russia located at Naberezhnaya Reky Moiki, #20, metro (subway station) "Nevsky Prospekt". All photos and videos are available at st.petersburg.russia.htm
Barynya Trio at the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Russian Brides, Season 13, Episode 7
Elina Karokhina and other musicians of Barynya ensemble were a part of famous TV show Episode about Russian mafia. In order to bring down a Russian mobster running an international prostitution/kidnapping ring disguised as a Russian bride website, Cragen steps from behind the desk to go undercover as a "john". Cast: Elina Karokhina - balalaika, Mikhail Smirnov - garmoshka, Alexandre Tseytlin - violin.
NYC Marathon Opening Ceremony, Tavern On the Green, New York City, November 4, 2011
Russian music, dance and song ensemble "Barynya" performed on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at the Tavern On the Green's Courtyard at 67th Street, and Central Park West in New York City during NYC Marathon Opening Ceremony. Dancers: Valentina, Anna, Aliaksandr, Danila.
August 12 2011, School concert, dance and music workshop in New York City
P035M @ Bellevue Hopital Center, 462 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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Barynya Balalaika Trio on TV. Bevcam TV Studio, Beverly, MA, June 29th, 2011.
Barynya Balalaika Trio: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals).
Recorded and produced by EstradaProduction. All photos and videos from this event are available at the website www.Russian365.com.
Petroushka Ball, 2-11-2011, Waldorf Astoria, New York City
Performance during dinner by Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), and singer Alexander Menshikov. Recorded by Alexander Gurman (alexandergurman's YouTube channel) on February 11, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the Petroushka Ball-2011.
APAP SHOWCASE 2011
HILTON HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY
MORGAN SUITE, SECOND FLOOR
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2011
07:45PM, 08:45PM, 10:30PM, 11:30PM
Hilton Hotel (at 54th Street), 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. Ensemble Barynya will presents Russian, Cossack, and Ukrainian traditional dance, song and music with live accompaniment of balalaika, balalaika-contrabass, and garmoshka (Russian button accordion). The program will be performed by 6 dancers, 3 musicians, and singer. Barynya was founded in 1991 in New York City and showcasing at APAP every year since 2004.
Sunday, October 10th, 2010. Russian Slavic Cultural Festival. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, 200 Alexander Avenue, Howell NJ 07731. Ensemble Barynya performances at 2pm and 4pm. For more info call 848-459-2426.
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
(garmoshka, guitar, vocals),
Valery Abramov (tenor-saxophone), Oleg Sorin (trumpet).
Solo concert of Barynya ensemble at the huge concert hall in Chihuahua City was stopped in the beginning and delayed. Many people outside of the theatre still wanted to get in to see the show. Finally they put sound monitors and projection screens on the street and let some more people inside. That is a very funny funny video. Because they recorded the concert but failed to record the sound, so they just pulled some music off the internet and put the two together. The sound track is fun in its own way too. Our singer Sasha Menshikov did not like it. Actually he hated this video. But maybe he was overreacting.
Сольный концерт ансамбля Барыня в огромном концертном зале города Чиуауа Сити (Чивава Сити) был задержан на 30 ИЛИ 40 минут. На улице осталось около 1000 человек, которым не досталось билетов, а люди требовали впустить их посмотреть шоу. На улице поставили большие проэкционные экраны, звуковые колонки, и в концов концов мы начали наше выступление. К сожалению, на видео вместо нашего собственного звука местные видеооператор и режиссер, которые сделали нам это видео в подарок, зачем-то "подложили" записи каких-то других русских ансамблей. Но эти записи тоже довольно прикольные сами по себе. А видео с выступления получилось очень красивое. Саше Меньшикову оно, правда, страшно не понравилось. Очень сильно не понравилось. Саша Меньшиков всё принимает слишком близко к сердцу.
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.
UKRAINIAN AMERICAN COORDINATING COUNCIL (УКРАЇНСЬКА АМЕРИКАНСЬКА КООРДИНАЦІЙНА РАДА) and producer Alex Gutmacher were using photos of Barynya ensemble on their promotional postcard for the advertisement of the event in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 2009 without permission and despite the copyright warning. Below is the scan of the postcard with ensemble Barynya photos in the middle. Photos used on the postcard were made by John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Dalia Bagdonaite. Please ask for the permission next time you need our photos. Thank you!
World On Stage Dance Festival, Stamford, Connecticut, May 2009
"World On Stage" Dance Festival took place in Stamford, Connecticut on May 2, 2009 at the "Palace Theatre" (61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06901). Dancers:
February 28, 2009. Russian Winter Festival in Albany, New York
Ensemble Barynya performance on February 28, 2009 during Russian Winter Festival in Albany, New York. The temperature outside was 24F plus the wind factor. It was REALLY COLD! Performers: Alex Siniavski (guitar) - it was so cold he was afraid to play his balalaika, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka), Alexander Menshikov (vocals, buben), dancer and singer Valentina Kvasova and dancer Alexey Maltsev. We put on all costumes we have had with us that day and it was still very cold...
"The Star-Ledger", NJ's largest local newspaper, USA
February 23, 2009
..."The spirit of the Old Country transplanted to the New -- that's the essence of Barynya... which made a lively stop Sunday at the Community Theatre in Morristown.
Founded and directed by Mikhail Smirnov, a Russian ethnomusicologist who now lives in Cliffside, the troupe is comprised of immigrants from Russia and its satellites, like the former Soviet republic of Ukraine. Yet in the wake of perestroika, the geographic distribution of Cossack dance staples like the "Kazatsky" has come to include parts of Brooklyn, Canada and New Jersey. Although farther out from the Russian sun, the orbits of these lesser moons are apparently fixed.
Smirnov, who narrates the program when he is not squeezing an accordion-like instrument called the garmoshka, seems comfortable with this irony, and he peppers his monologue with witticisms. His audience's propensity to greet the music with rhythmic clapping..." read full article in NJ's "Star Ledger"
Concert in Morristown, New Jersey, February 22, 2009 (video)
Mikhail Smirnov, Lev Zabeginsky, Valentina Kvasova, Natalia Ejova, Ksenya Hentisz, Stefan Kuziw, Mikhail Nesterenko, Danila Sherstobitov, Alexey Maltsev performed three shows during the Fourth Annual Slavic Festival in Eugene, Oregon organized by Slavic Home, NPO. On the photo below ensemble Barynya dancers are performing
Daniel Cooper, the dance of Russian Nobility.
International dance competition "Superstars of Dance", NBC, 2009.
Cossack dancers of New York based ensemble Barynya were competing at the SUPERSTARS OF DANCE, international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). The show hosted by Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA, premiered on NBC network on January 4th and aired through January 26th, 2009. Dancers
Alexander Rudoy, and
Alex Sizov performed a
Cosssack dance routine choreographed by
Vitaly Verterich. Cossack costumes made by famous Russian folk costumes designer
Svetlana Gavrilova. Artistic Director of Barynya
Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will take home the coveted Trophy. Mikhail was not able to vote for Cossack dancers or the Russian team.
Dancers Valentina Kvasova,
Dasha Paliy ,
Elena Yakubina performed a dance number "DEVOCHKI" in a musical "Mother Russia", Carnegie Hall, NYC. The story was about an American guy visiting Russia, "Barynya" dancers were in the scene where his friends are afraid that he will be seduced by Russian girls and warning him to stay away from them.
Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
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 Philadelphia’s 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.
Russian DJ Barnaul (a.k.a. Alexey Maltsev), singer Alexander Menshikov, Russian MC MISHA (a.k.a. Mikhail Smirnov), and Gypsy dancer Anna entertained mixed Russian-American crowd during Russian party at the club "TOUCH", 240 West 52nd Street, New York, New York, 10019.
New York City Russian Radio Station City Radio 540AM
Festival of Russian music, dance and culture, May 2008
Brighton Beach Festival of Russian music, dance and culture on May 18th, 2008 was organized by one of New York Russian Radio Stations, CITY RADIO 540AM. Barynya performed in the beginning of the concert. Five dancers and two musicians were on the stage built near the south end of Coney Island Avenue (next to Boardwalk) in Brooklyn, New York. Dancers Valentina Kvasova, Ganna Makarova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Danila Sherstobitov, Alexey Maltsev performed Russian traditional dances "Barynya", "Metelitsa", "Kalinka", "Korobushka", Cossack dance Varenka, and Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak". Mikhail Smirnov was singing and playing garmoshka while Leonid Bruk was burning fingers on his huge balalaika-contrabass.
Monday, April 7, 2008, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA video
The Russian Department at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) hosted its annual Russian dinner on Monday, April 7 2008. The dinner featured traditional Russian food and a performance by ensemble Barynya Russian folk singers and dancers: Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, and Alexey Maltsev.
Russsian Nobility Ball-2008 took place at the Grand Ball Room of the Pierre Hotel (61st Street and 5th Avenue in New York City) on May 9th, 2008. This year we brought our brand new number: English inspired dance of Russian Nobility Danila Cooper.
Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens. December 2007
Barynya gig for TV Chanel RUSSIA TODAY, New York City
On December 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2007 from 12PM till 4 PM New York based Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya dancers and musicians were leading a group of Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens (Ded Moroz and Snegurochka) to greet New Yorkers and promote new TV Channel "RUSSIA TODAY".
Puerto Rico International Festival of Cultures. December 2007
Barynya in Toronto, Canada, December 2007
On December 13, 2007 at 8pm Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya performed at the "Guvernment" (Kool Haus Entertainment Complex), 132 Queens Quay East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3Y5 Canada... view pictures
Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Roswell, Georgia. October 2007
video recorded on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest Street, Roswell, Georgia during joined concert with Atlanta Balalaika Society. Dancers: Natalia Ejova, Andrij Cybyk, Musicians:
Alex Siniavski (balalaika prima),
Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocal),
David Cooper (balalaika contrabass),
Alexander Menshikov (vocal, tambourine).
Mikhail Smirnov, Victoria Pichurova, Valentina Kvasova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Natalia Ejova, Mikhail Nesterenko, Stefan Kuziw, and Roman Lewkowicz photos from Slavic Cultural Festival that took place on September 29, 2007 at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA. Ensemble Barynya shared the stage with the Kazak Family Trio of Belarus, the Bandura Tells of Ukraine, and local organization, the Washington Balalaikas Society Orchestra.
Artistic Director of the Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov was invited to play gusli, balalaika, garmoshka and sing Russian tongue twisters at the FOLKLORAMA 2007 (the largest and longest running multicultural festival of its kind in the world) festival held annualy in Winnipeg, Canada.
July 11-28, 2007. Performance series in Ohio communities
Ensemble Barynya was touring the state of OHIO as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Summer International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). Barynya performed many shows, Russian & Ukrainian dance workshops from July 17 to July 28, 2007. Performance locations included Lakeside, Warren, Marietta, Jackson and Grandview Heights. All performances were free and open to the public.
July 9-15, 2007. The Balalaika and Domra Association of America 2007 Decorah, Iowa
July 3, 2007. Lions Clubs International 90th Convention in Chicago, IL
ENSEMBLE BARYNYA PERFORMANCE AT THE
Lions Clubs International 90th Convention in Chicago, IL at the
Hilton Hotel for the Russian Evening Event on Sunday, July 3rd, 2007.
On the photo from left to right: dancer Natalia Ejova, Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka), Jim Cox (contrabass), Alex Siniavski (balalaika), and dancer Andrij Cybyk... view full size picture
NYC Russian Heritage Festival "Spirits of Russia", Copacabana Club, New York City
The Russian Nobility Association in America annual Spring Russian Nobility
Ball took place at the luxurious "Pierre" Hotel on May 11, 2007 in New York City.
Musicians and dancers of New York based Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (full company)
provided music for coctail hour and thirty minute music and dance program during the dinner. "Barynya" performed popular Russian Gypsy pieces: "Two Guitars", "Kay One", "Vingerka", "3 lines", Russian favorite balalaika arrangement "The Moon is shining brightly" and Cossack song and dance "Varen'ka".
April 2007. Fairmont Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 29, 2007 from 8 to 11pm. “Gorodissky & Partners”, Ltd. reception at Fairmont Chicago Hotel, 200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601. Musicians: M.Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Stefan Kuziw (tambourine), and Richard Armandi (contrabass)
February 2007. Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC
Ensemble "Barynya" provided music and dancing for the MASLENITSA at the
Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC. It was a long drive from Brooklyn for all Barynya members: dancers Valentina Kvasova and Vitaly Verterich, singer Victoria Pichurova, musicians Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), violinist Alexander Tseytlin and Ruslan Khain (c-bass). Photos from inside of
Embassy of Russia
October 2006. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Ensemble "Barynya" (full company: six dancers and four musicians) performed six shows in Wisconsin. Rouslan Khaine (contrabass and balalaika contrabass) was not able to fly and drove all the way from New York. Final concert took place in wonderful auditorium of John Michael Kohler Arts Center (608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI). Some friends of ensemble Barynya drove for over two hours just to see our performance.
Ensemble Barynya 2006
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
September 2006. Baltimore, Maryland
2 min 20 sec Russian Gypsy folk song and dance "Those were the days" video. Folk singer Alexander Menshikov and Russian music ensemble "Barynya" showcase at the booking conference on September 29, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. Mikhail Smirnov-guitar, Vadim Kolpakov-Russian Gypsy 7-string guitar, Ruslan Khain - balalaika contrabass, Alex Siniavski-balalaika, Gypsy guitar.
Alexander Menshikov and Mikhail Smirnov are performing as "GYPSY BOYS" at the "Starlight Serenade" concert presented by the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Society at the Bartley Ranch Amphitheater, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 2nd. The Sierra Nevada Balalaika Society is dedicated to the perpetuation of music written for the balalaika, domra, and related instruments.
July 2006. Akron, Ohio
The annual conference of The Balalaika and Domra Association of America took place in Akron, Ohio. Barynya's singer Alexander Menshikov and director Mikhail Smirnov went to Akron, Ohio to teach Russian folk singing and Russian folk chorus and to perform for 160 attendees.. view photos
JUNE 2006. PEPSICO WORLD HEADQUARTERS. Purchase, NY
Eight Barynya Dancers provide Cossack dance with amazing acrobatic tricks at the Pepsi-Cola. In the end of the show we recieved well deserved standing ovation from huge croud of more than a thousand people. view photos
JUNE 2006. WORLD YACHT PRINCESS, NEW YORK CITY
Barynya musicians play aboard World Yacht's " Princess" at Pier 81 (West 41st street at the Hudson River) in New York City at the Russian Children's Welfare Society event "Petroushka on the Hudson".
"Petroushka Ball" @ Waldorf's Astoria Hotel
Barynya musicians are playing at the New York's landmark The Waldorf's Astoria Hotel at the Benefit Concert "Petroushka Ball" for The Annual Fundraiser of the Russian Children’s Welfare Society... more pictures
FEBRUARY 2006 Barynya performance at the World Champions exhibition and skating event in Locust Valley, New York.
On the picture ensemble Barynya musicians with the gold medalists of the 2004 World Figure Skating Championships in Ice Dancing Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov. From left to right: Tatiana Navka, Mikhail Smirnov, Roman Kostomarov and Alex Siniavski
Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya at the
Slavic Festival in Eugine, Oregon... read more, see pictures
Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts ensemble Barynya invited Legend of Russian immigration Gypsy singer ZHENYA SHEVCHENKO.
OCTOBER 2005 Ensemble Barynya performed at the Opening Gala of special exihibition RUSSIA! in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City). RUSSIA! is the most comprehensive and significant exhibition of Russian art outside Russia since the end of the Cold War. Including more than 250 artworks...
Ensemble Barynya entertained lavish party celebrating the American launch of Imperia Vodka with with 100 pounds of caviar and a 10,000-pound ice bar paid for by Russian billionaire Roustam Tariko at the Liberty Island. Scores of glass lanterns hung from the treetop canopy to create an ethereal atmosphere, while Russian belly dancers, fortunetellers, storytellers, and traditional musicians entertained. Later, guests noshed on such decadent Russian delicacies as carved whole roasted sturgeon with dill caviar cream, juniper-scented roast suckling pig, and beef Stroganoff at the dinner buffet. Tentation’s meal was followed by a 20-minute fireworks display by Grucci and a dessert of strawberries and chocolate, as well as an hourlong show from Duran Duran, who performed on a barge just off the island.
Russian folk music and dance ensemble Barynya participated in 2005 Balalaika
and Domra Association of America conference in Madison, WI. We were proud to perform at the gala concert
with Judy Sherman (vocal), Victor Gorodinsky (balalaika contrabass) and Greg Harbar (accordion).
June 21, 2005 Performance at Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) 2005 Annual Conference.
Gala Reception was held at Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of Philadelphia's most prestigious venues for entertainment.
This reception took place outside on the terrace amidst the grand architectural
setting of the museum and panoramic views of the city. Barynya was performing at the main stage. Many street performers were creating small cells of entertainment
virtually everywhere: unicyclists, jugglers, caricaturists, street magicians, mimes,
fire-eaters, musicians and dancers.
Real Russian Nobility celebrate with ensemble "Barynya" when they need Russian dancers and music.
Pictures were taken and video recorede at the Russian Nobility Ball in Grand Ball Room of "The Pierre Hotel",
Fifth Avenue at 61st Street, New York City, New York, USA on Friday, May 13th, 2005.
Television and radio commercials recorded for Brooklyn Russian Steam Bath
"Sandoony USA" for New York Russian Radio and TV station VSE in New York
15 seconds MP3 and
30 seconds MP3
When The Best in entertainment business need true Russian flavor they call "Barynya" .
Ensemble participated in
Discovery Channel show "The Party Planner with David Tutera".
The theme of the party was "Doctor Zhivago Russian Palace".
David Tutera impressive client list includes Barbara Walters, the John F. Kennedy Center,
Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Tommy Hilfiger, and film premiere and celebrity parties,
including the 1998 and 2003 official post-Grammy Awards parties in New York.
David is also a regular entertaining expert on ABC's popular morning show The View.
Natalia Demidova, Sasha Anchutin and Mikhail Smirnov founded Russian folk song and dance ensemle
"Barynya" in November 1991. The first show took place at Russian restaurant "Fyodoroff",
Carle Place, Long Island, NY.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The word "Barynya" stands for a fast Russian folk dance.
"Barynya" was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble
back in 1991. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used
by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class. The
Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas (limericks) and frenetic
dancing. The Barynya chastuskas used to have a refrain "Barynya, barynya,
sudarynya-barynya", or "Barynya ty moya, sudarynya ty moya". The content is
always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and
traditional Russian squatwork ("prisyadka", "vprisyadku").
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* Русские танцоры, профессиональные певцы
* Виртуозные музыканты, народные инструменты
* Балалайка, гармошка, ложки, кугиклы, трещотки, вертушка
* Cценические костюмы: сарафаны, рубахи, косоворотки
* В программе русские, украинские танцы и народные песни
* Виртуозная игра на балалайке
* Юмористическое объяснение программы на английском
Наташа и Миша Смирновы основали ансамбль Барыня в 1991 году.
Первый концерт состоялся в ресторане "Фёдоров",
что в городе Карл Плейс на Лонг Айланде (штат Нью-Йорк).
С тех пор "Барыня" приняла участие в более чем тысяче концертов и программ.
В самом начале ансамбль Барыня представлял собой всего лишь трио:
Миша и Наташа фром Раша и танцор из ансамбля Моисеева Саша.
В настоящее время различные талантливые
музыканты и танцоры выступают в его составе.
Продолжительность концерта до 90 минут,
в программе около 100 русских и украинских народных танцев и песен.
У артистов "Барыни" есть несколько перемен красочных сценических костюмов
специально пошитых для выступлений на сцене.
Артисты ансамбля - профессионалы из бывшего СССР.
Основатели ансамбля - Русский фольклорный дуэт Миша энд Наташа фром Раша - специалисты по русской народной песенной традиции.
Трудно представить себе концерт ансамбля без яркого сопрано Наташи и Мишиной звонкой гармошки.
Русская народная певица Наталья Смирнова - выпускница Московского Государственного института культуры по специальности хоровое дирижирование.
По окончании работала в Московском Государственном фольклорном центре "Русская Песня" п/у Надежды Бабкиной.
Проживает в США с 1991 года.
Певец и музыкант Миша Смирнов закончил Московский Государственный
институт культуры по специальности хоровое
дирижирование. Во время учёбы в институте работал солистом и хормейстером в фольклорном ансамбле Московия (художественный руководитель Валерий Нестеров).
По окончании МГИКа работал в фольклорном театре Матаня и затем в Московском государственном центре
"Русская песня" п/у Надежды Бабкиной
Балалаешник-виртуоз Алекс Синявский приехал в США в 1992 из Ленинграда,
где солировал в знаменитом Академическом
Русском народном оркестре им. В.В.Андреева,
одном из престижнейших коллективов страны,
закончил Ленинградскую консерваторию.
Танцовщица Ольга Шпитальная в США с 1992,
работала в украинском Государственном ансамбле “Славутич”
и в “Государственном ансамбле песни и пляски Черноморского Флота”. Ольга танцует вместе с ансамблем Барыня более пяти лет.
Танцовщик Виталий Вертерич закончил Московский Государственный
институт культуры и Киевскую балетную академию, солировал в знаменитом Бродвейском шоу "РИВЕРДЕНС" и объездил с ним весь мир.
Юрий Водолага окончил Киевскую академию классического балета.
Работал в Киевском балетном театре и многих других престижнейших коллективах.
Окончил консерваторию Римского-Крорсакова в Ленинграде как преподаватель и хореограф.
Guest teacher в San Francisco Ballet, Baton Rouge Ballet, Connecticut Ballet и Egelevsky American Theatre Dance.
Юрий танцует вместе с ансамблем Барыня более пяти лет.
Танцовщица Ганна Макарова участвовала в шоу Михаила Жванецкого в Москве.
Закончила театральный Институт в Москве и Long Island University (New York City).
Принимает участие в концертах ансамбля Барыня с 1993 года.
Танцор Андрей Сибик закончил University of Akron Conservatory - штат Ohio,
Pointe Park College - штат Пенсильвания и учился на Украине, в национальной школе Академического Украинского народного танца Павла Вирского.
Андрей также выступает с All Nations Dance Company и Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (Нью-Йорк Сити).