CT Russian traditional dance, song, music ensemble Barynya. Balalaika, garmoshka, guitars, dancers, singers, musicians. Multicultural School Assembly in Woodstock, Connecticut

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Russian song, music and dance ensemble Barynya performed two 45 min programs of traditional dances, songs and music in Woodstock, Connecticut. Cast of performers: M.Smirnov, E.Karokhina, A.Efimenko, O.Chpitalnaia, Alish.R. The Multicultural School Assembly took place on June 5, 2014 (9am and 10am) at the Woodstock Elementary School, 24 Frog Pond Road, Woodstock, CT 06281.
Program of performance:
01. "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Метелица - Metelitsa), Russian folk song and dance
02. "Peddlers" (Russian: Коробейники - Korobeineekee), Russian folk song
03. "Andeezhan's Polka" (Russian: Andizhanskaiya Pol'ka), folk dnce
04. "Dark Eyes" (Очи Чёрные), Russian Gypsy Roma song and dance
05. "Evreiskiy Tanets" (Еврейский танец со свечкой), Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candle
06. "Kamarinskaiya" (Камаринская), introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika
07. "Evreiskiy Tanets" (Еврейский танец с бутылкой), Jewish Bottle dance
08. "Turkish Rondo" (Турецкий марш), Russian Balalaika solo (instrumental)
09. "Russskiy Alfaveet" (Русский алфавит), Russian Alphabet lesson
10. "Kai Yone" (Кайёнэ), Russian Gypsy dance
11. "Barynya", Russian dance lesson for all students (Урок русского народного танца) 12. "Kaleenka" (Калинка-малинка моя), popular Russian folk song and dance
13. "Chardash" (Чардаш), instrumental solo
14. "Russian Bear Dance" (танец медведя)
 
Russian ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, artistic director and founder of Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) led the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. He talked briefly about costumes, folk instruments, Russian traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, performed a few songs and Russian tongue-twisters. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina performed a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika. Alexey Efimenko played Russian Gypsy guitar. Dancers Alish and Olga presented a few dances.
 
Elina Karokhina who was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York). In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by world-famous conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2016 she was hired to play several concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "The Triumph Of Hope" international event.
 
All performers are members of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991). The Barynya is available for hire for performing art centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.

CONTACT INFORMATION: EMAIL mikhail@barynya.com / PHONE (201) 981-2497

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