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Atlanta, Georgia, 2015 (Valentina Kvasova with Boulat Moukhametov)
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Friday, April 4, 2014, Lamoni, Iowa
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
"The Star-Ledger", state of New Jersey largest local newspaper, USA
..."Influences from the surrounding culture also seem inescapable. Perhaps this explains why a rich-toned singer like Kvasova has an authentically flat, village twang, while Alexander Menshikov croons "Dark Eyes" and the "Song of the Volga Boatmen" in a smoother pop style. Barynya's balalaika orchestra has a wondrous assortment of authentic instruments, including the huge and impressive "balalaika-contrabass," yet the arrangement of "Lara's Theme" from "Dr. Zhivago" would not seem out-of-place at a beachside restaurant in Hawaii. Evidently Barynya is responding to the taste of a mixed American audience..." read full article in NJ's "Star Ledger"
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.
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.
Russian dance Ivan Kupala choreographed by Valentina Kvasova. The dance was inspired by celebration of Ivan Kupala Day in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Video was recorded during Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya MIDWEST TOUR 2008. Dancers: Valentina Kvasova, Anna Brovkina, Natia Rtveliashvili.
June 2007. Cossack songs and dances in Brooklyn, New York
Cossack folk song and dance concert will take place in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 8pm.
Cossack folk singer Victoria Pichurova, Cossack singer and dancer Valentina Kvasova, Russian bayan virtuoso Viktor Danilochkin will perform traditional Cossack songs, harmonies and dances with accompaniment of Bayan (Russian button accordion).
Russian food and alcoholic beverages will be served.
$20 includes all you can eat and drink.
Address: 14 Verona Street, Apt. 301
Red Hook, Brooklyn
May 2007. Cossack song, music and dance trio founded
Cossack song, music and dance trio from New York founded by dancer and singer Valentina Kvasova, singer Victoria Pichurova and Russian button accordion virtuoso Victor Danilochkin in 2007. Ensemble performs Cossack folk music, songs and dances. All members of the group are highly trained in former USSR performers.
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