Fort Lee, NJ. Russian balalaika, garmoshka dance and music duo, concert in Fort Lee Public Library in New Jersey

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Members of Russian Balalaika Duo - Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina and dancer Alisa Egorova - performed public concert at the Fort Lee Public Library in Northern New Jersy on Sunday, December 6th, 2015. More then 150 people attended the show.
Program of performance:
01. Siberian wrestling dance ( )
02. Kalinka, Russian folk song. Introduction of Russian Garmoshka-Accordion ()
03. Kamarinskaya, Russian traditional. Introduction of the Balalaika ()
04. Dr. Zhivago's "Somewhere, My Love" (Lara's Theme) -
05. Russian Tongue Twisters Medley ()
06. Russian song and dance The Snowstorm ()
07. World Music Balalaika Medley ()
08. Those Were The Days, My Friend, Russian Gypsy song
09. Jewish Wedding Dance ( )
10. Jewish-Russian Medley Hava Nagila, 7:40, Felt Boots (instrumental)
11. Russian table song Frost (, -)
12. Roma Gypsy dance KAYONE
13. Romani Gypsy song and dance TWO GUITARS ( )
14. The Second Waltz by D. Shostakovich (. . 2)
15. Rondo Alla Turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - ,
16. Medley of Russian folk songs ( )
17. "Csardas" by Vittorio Monti -
18. The Moon Is Shining Brightly
About Mikhail Smirnov, singer, garmoshka player:
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. 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, ensemble "Moskoviya" under the direction of Valeriy Kuz'mich Nesterov. 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.
About Elina Karokhina, the balalaika virtuoso, singer, dancer:
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina 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 St. Petersburg State 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".
 
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Email: msmirnov@yahoo.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497.

PHOTOS

Balalaika Duo, Fort Lee Public Library, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Fort Lee Public Library, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Fort Lee Public Library, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Fort Lee Public Library, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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VIDEOS

Video 01, Fort Lee Public Library, public performance, Part 01

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Video 03, Fort Lee Public Library, public performance, Part 03

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Video 04, Fort Lee Public Library, full concert video

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12-19-2012. Hamburg Elementary School, Hamburg, Sussex County, New Jersey

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 1pm Barynya Trio performed at the Hamburg Elementary School in Hamburg, New Jersey. Cast: Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Erik Davletbaev.

Ensemble Barynya, Barynya Trio, Multicultural School Assembly Trio, Russian dancers, Russian musicians, Russian singers, Balalaika, Garmoshka, Russian music, Russian dance, Russian songs, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Erik Davletbaev, 12-19-2012, Hamburg Elementary School, Wednesday December 19th 2012 1pm, Hamburg Elementary School 30 Linwood Avenue Hamburg NJ 07419
12-19-2012. Hamburg Elementary School, Hamburg, Sussex County, New Jersey

 

12-17-2012, Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, New Jersey

On Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:30pm Barynya Trio performed at the Martin Luther Christian School in Pennsauken, NJ. Cast: Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Erik Davletbaev.

Barynya School Assebly Trio, Russian dancers, Russian musicians, Russian singers, balalaika, garmoshka, Russian music, Russian dance, Russian songs, Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, New Jersey, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Erik Davletbaev, 12-17-2012, Monday December 17 2012, Martin Luther Christian School 4106 Terrace Ave Pennsauken NJ 08109
12-17-2012, Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, New Jersey

 

08-07-2012, Morristown Green, Morristown, New Jersey

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, and dancer Valentina Kvasova performed during international festival at the Morristown Green in Morristown, New Jersey on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 from noon to 1:15pm.

08-07-2012, Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka, vocals), Morristown Green, Morristown, New Jersey, Tuesday August 7th 2012
08-07-2012, Morristown Green, Morristown, New Jersey

 

04-24-2012, Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center, Newton, New Jersey

Gypsy show on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at the Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center, One College Hill Road, Newton, New Jersey 07860. 5 performers: V.Kvasova, B.Moukhametov, E.Karokhina, L.Bruk, M.Smirnov.

NJ Russian-Gypsy dance, song and music show, Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center, Newton, New Jersey, 04-24-2012, Tuesday April 24th 2012, Valentina Kvasova, Leonid Bruk, Boulat Moukhametov, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center One College Hill Road Newton, New Jersey 07860
04-24-2012, Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center, Newton, New Jersey

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