Massachusetts Balalaika Duo. Garmoshka, songs, traditional music and dancing in Boston, MA

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Russian Balalaika Duo presents a program of Russian, Siberian, Nanai, Jewish, Cossack, Ukrainian, Gypsy songs, music and dances in Boston, Massachusetts. Members of the Duo Elina Karokhina (balalaika, dance, vocals, costumed characters) and Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals, costumed characters) are professionally trained performers bord and educated in Russia. The Barynya Russian Balalaika Duo is available for hire for performing art centers, festivals, school assemblies, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events.
About Elina Karokhina:
Balalaika virtuoso 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 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.
About Mikhail Smirnov:
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1966. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina. In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. The show premiered on NBC network.

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

Videos and photos from Jewish Community Housing "It Takes a Village" in Brighton, MA

One hour performance on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 (10:30am-11:30am) at the Jewish Community Housing "It Takes a Village", 28 Wallingford Rd, Brighton, MA 02135. Balalaika Duo presented a Russian New Year's show with music, songs and dances.


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Jewish Community Housing, It Takes a Village, Brighton, MA
Jewish Community Housing, It Takes a Village, Brighton, MA
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Performance Winter Garden Adult Day Care Center in Brighton, MA

Thursday, May 07, 2015, 1pm at the Winter Garden Adult Day Care Center, 1284 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA 02135. Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument and performed Jewish, Russian and Gypsy dances. Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style button accordion and guitar. The program of performance included popular Russian song , "Kamarinskaya", Instrumental solo Russian dance performed on guitar and balalaika, "Russian Tongue Twisters" presentation , V.V. ANDREEV WALTZ Шۻ, RUSSIAN GYPSY SONG ܻ, JEWISH MEDLEY Ȼ, POPULAR RUSSIAN SONG , "Amazing Balalaika" medley , NAME DAY WALTZ Ȼ, GYPSY MEDLEY Ȼ, RUSSIAN FOOD SONG ӻ, "Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo , RUSSIAN ROMANCE Ũ Ȼ, TUMBALALAIKA -- ɻ , JEWISH WEDDING DANCE ɻ, JEWISH FANTASY Ȼ , RUSSIAN TABLE SONG , Ҩ , RUSSIAN FOLK SONG , , Ш, WALTZ NUMBER 2 BY DMITRIY SHOSTAKOVICH, RUSSIAN FOLK SONG Ȼ, POPULAR RUSSIAN SONG û, "Kalinka", RUSSIAN FOLK SONG AND DANCE .


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PHOTOS

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov
Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov
Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov.
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina plays Russian folk song "Kamarinskaia"

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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov.
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov
Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov.
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov
Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov.
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov
Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov.
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Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Before concert on August 18th, 2015 at the Standish Village, a Senior Living Residence in Boston, MA 02124
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Concert at the Pearl Adult Day Care Senior Center in Brighton, MA
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Pearl Adult Day Care Senior Center, Brighton, MA CONTACT INFORMATION / EMAIL: mikhail@barynya.com / PHONE: (201) 981-2497.

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

 
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