New Jersey Russian Balalaika Trio. Traditional dancing, music, songs. Multicultural School Assembly in Freehold, NJ

Russian music and dance ensemble performed 45 program of traditional dances, songs, music on balalaika-contrabass, balalaika, garmoshka and guitar in New Jersey. Multicultural School Assembly took place on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 (9:30am) at the Freehold Boroughs Public School, 30 Dutch Lane Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728. 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, instruments, traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, and performed Russian tongue-twisters. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina performed a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika. Leonid Bruk surprised students with the size and sound of his huge balalaika-contrabass.

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

Program of performance:
01. "Nanaiskaiya Bor'ba", Siberian's Nanai Tribe Sumo Wrestling dance (Russian: Борьба Нанайских мальчиков)
02. "Moroz-Moroz", popular Russian table song "Frost" (Russian: Ой, мороз, мороз), Russian folk button accordion garmoshka introduction
03. "Metelitsa", Russian folk song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Метелица)
04. "Kontrabass Balalaika Medley", introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika-contrabass
05. "Evreiskiy Tanets", Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candle (Russian: Еврейский танец со свечкой)
06. "Russian Balalaika Solo", introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika with performance of traditional song "Valenkee" (Russian: Валенки)
07. "Skorogovorkee", Medley of Russian tongue-twisters (Russian: Скороговорки)
08. "Pidmanula", Ukrainian folk song and dance "You Tricked Me" (Ukrainian: «Ти ж мене пiдманула»)
09. "Korobeyneekee", Russian folk song "Peddlers" (Russian: Коробейники)
10. "Alfaveet", Russian Alphabet lesson (Russian: Урок русского языка)
11. "Orkestr Russkikh Narodnykh Instrumentov", Russian percussian Band of students plays Russian song "Katyusha" with musicians (Russian: Катюша)
12. "Barynya", Russian folk dance lesson and workshop for all students (Russian: Урок русского народного танца)
13. "Sveteet Myesyats", Russian folk song "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (Russian: Светит месяц)
14. "Tanyets Medvedya", dance of Russian Bear (Russian: Танец медведя)
15. "Q & A", short session of questions and answers - ответы на вопросы студентов
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 Leonid Bruk:
Acclaimed New York based balalaika contrabass player Leonid Bruk (Russian: Леонид Брук) was born in Leningrad, Russia. Leonid graduated from music school as a bass guitarist and performed with many different groups. He 1998 he joined Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. In 2000 he founded his own Russian folk music trio "BROOKLYN BALALAIKAS". Since 1989 when he arrived to USA, Leonid Bruk was deeply attracted to the bass-balalaika and contrabass balalaika. He has played with variuos folk groups including Russian folk band and New York Balalaika Orchestra and soon become known expert in Russian folk music. His specialty is playing balalaika-bass and balalaika-contrabass.
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.
 
Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov 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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