Musicians of Barynya Balalaika Trio performed 75 min concert during the Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) 40th Anniversary conference in Pennsylvania, USA. Concert took place on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina played classical music, Russian popular and traditioanl songs, several pieces written by Alexander Shalov, the best composer for the balalaika who was the teacher of Elina Karokhina at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
PROGRAM OF THE PERFORMANCE - ПРОГРАММА ВЫСТУПЛЕНИЯ
01. Waltz "Babochka" (The Butefly) by Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev, Father of Russian Balalaika, founder, conductor and artistic director of the first Balalaika Orchestra in Russia, and in the world. Вальс «Бабочка», композитор Василий Васильевич Андреев (1861-1918).
02. "Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini", composer Fritz Kreisler, arr. for balalaika by P. Necheporenko - «Вариации на тему Корелли в стиле Тартини», Фриц Крейслер, переложение для балалайки П. Нечепоренко.
03. "The White Acacia's Fragrant Flakes" by Alexander Shalov and V. Basner - концертная пьеса Александра Шалова для балалайки на тему романса «Белой акации гроздья душистые», музыка Вениамин Баснер, текст Михаил Матусовский.
04. "Sabre Dance" - a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian's ballet Gayane (1942) - «Танец с саблями» — музыкальный отрывок из балета Арама Хачатуряна «Гаянэ» (1942).
VIDEO: Babochka, Corelli in the Style of Tartini, The White Acacia, Sabre Dance - VIDEO
05. "Loch Ness Monster Swan", solo on contrabass balalaika by Leonid Bruk. Music from Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of Animals - The Dying Swan (Le Cygne) -
«Лебедь озера Лох-Несс», соло на балалайке-контрабас Леонид Брук. Пьеса Камиля Сен-Санса из сюиты «Карнавал животных».
06. "Barynya" by Yury Shishakov, solo on balalaika Elina Karokhina - «Барыня», Юрий Шишаков, соло на балалайке Элина Карохина.
Yuriy Nikolaevich Shishakov was Russian Soviet composer and teacher at the prominent music school in Moscow, Russia called The Gnessin's Academy of Music. Mr. Shishakov was a student of Mikhail Gnessin himself. In 1971 he was granted a title of the Honored Arts Worker of Russia. Yuri Shishakov wrote concerts for piano, violin, harp, domra, balalaika, and bayan. Ученик М. Ф. Гнесина, российский и советский композитор Юрий Николаевич Шишаков с 1971 года был Заслуженным деятелем искусств РСФСР. Он преподавал в музыкально-педагогическом институте им. Гнесиных с 1948 года. Написал концерты для домры, балалайки, баяна, фортепьяно, скрипки, арфы с оркестром симфонических или народных инструментов), 2 симфонии (1947, 1953), поэму «Чайка» для оркестра (1951), книгу «Инструментовка для оркестра русских народных инструментов».
07. Russian Tongue-Twister song "I was walking by the field". Solo by Mikhail Smirnov - «Шел я яром, шёл я низом», русская народная песня-скороговорка. Исполняет Михаил Смирнов. Припев состоит из повторения куплета с добавлением лишних слогов, где "лишние" слоги состоят из звуков "г_p-г_", и гласных, повторяющих гласную предыдущего слога. Лишние слоги добавляются после ударной гласной с учётом ритма.
08. Lev Zabeginski's "Fiddler on the Roof Medley" from 1964 American musical written by composer Jerry Bock, arr. Lev Zabeginsky. «Скрипач на крыше", Д. Бок, аранжировка Л. Забежинский. Фантазия на тему одного из наиболее известных бродвейских мюзиклов «Скрипач на крыше», написанная нью-йоркским музыкантом, композитором и аранжировщиком Львом Забежинским.
09. "People Blame Me" by A. Shalov - Городской романс «Винят меня в народе» - одна из лучших обработок Александра Борисовича Шалова.
10. "Gypsy Fantasy" - Barynya Medley based on Shalov's arrangement - «Цыганская фантазия» - поппури из нескольких популярных цыганских мелодий А. Шалов.
11. Watz No.1, Op.83 by Auguste Durand - «1-й Вальс», Огюст Дюран
12. "The Peddlers" - N.Nekrasov, V.Antipov - «Коробейники», слова: Н. Некрасов, музыка: В. Антипов
13. "Semyonovna", arr. Alexander Shalov - «Семёновна» (Сыпь, Семён!). А. Шалов
Arrangement was written by famous composer for balalaika, balalaika player and teacher, professor of the Leningrad St Petersburg Conservatory Alexander Shalov. A few additions were made by members of Barynya Trio. Концертная пьеса для балалайки, написанная знаменитым балалаечником, композитором, педагогом Санкт-Петербургской государственной консерватории Александром Шаловым (с некоторыми добавлениями от музыкантов ансабдля Барыня)
14. "I will take you to tundra", lyrics M. Plyatskovskiy, music M.Fradkin - «Увезу тебя я в тундру», слова: М. Пляцковский, музыка: М. Фрадкин.
15. "Felt Boots", arrangement Alexander Shalov. «Валенки, валенки. не подшиты, стареньки», русская народная песня, обработка Александр Шалов.
16. "World Music Balalaika Medley", arrangement Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk. Elina Karokhina. «Поппури», Михаил Смирнов, Элина Карохина, Леонид Брук.
VIDEO: Barynya, Tongue-Twister, Fiddler on the Roof, People Blame Me, Gypsy Fantasy, Watz Durand, Peddlers, Semyonovna, Tundra, Felt Boots, Medley
BDAA-2018 40th Anniversary conference of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America in Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, workshop staff and guests artists: David Cooper (Festival Orchestra Conductor), Elina Karokhina (balalaika technique, balalaika soloist), Peter Omelchenko (domra technique, domra soloist), Volodymyr Marunych (bayan and accordion technique / Folk and Gypsy ensemble), Natalia Marunych (domra choir / Folk and Gypsy ensemble), Zhanna Ketslakh (vocal soloist), Tetiana Khomenko (balalaika choir/lecturer), Zhenia Leshchinskaia (Chorus), Natasha Lozovsky-Burns (Folk dance), Liz Nunan (Folk Crafts), Jason Schreiber (beginning balalaika), Jennie Bukowski (beginning domra).
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA
BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA
MaryJane Malackany, Elina Karokhina, Lynn McConnell, 40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, BDAA-2018
40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, BDAA-2018
Judy Sherman, Dan Nicolini, Jennie Bukowski, BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA
Mikhail Smirnov, David Cooper, Victor Gorodinskiy, Leonid Bruk, 40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, BDAA-2018
Judyth Sherman, Charley Rappaport, David Cooper, Lynn McConnell, Greg Carageorge, 40th Anniversary conference, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA
Victoria Smirnova, Victor Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Saturday, July 21, 2018, Russian Festival Concert at the Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Musicians of Barynya Balalaika Trio performed four numbers at the Russian Festival concert during the Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) 40th Anniversary conference at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Exact address of the venue: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122. In the first part of the concert balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), and Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) played Aram Khachaturian's Sabre Dance, "Semyonovna" (arr. Alexander Shalov), and Watz No.1, Op.83 by Auguste Durand. Elina performed solo an arrangement of Russian folk dance "Barynya" written by Yury Shishakov. She also was a featured soloist with the Balalaika and Domra Association of America big orchestra of two pieces: "Kamarinskaiya" and "Woolen Boots"
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 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 balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer. Elina served in the Russian Army as a soloist of the Northwest Order of Red Stars Military Ensemble. She has toured all over the world (Germany, Austria, Sweden, Danmark, Cyprus, Spain, France, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Finland, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Mexico, St. Thomas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Bali) playing her balalaika that was made by famous musical instruments maker Galinis. 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 Russian 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 six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "Orchestra Rocks" international event. In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" ensemble representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people. In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder. Recently Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist for the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention that will be taking place in Philadelphia in July 2018. In 1994 Elina was one of the winners of international competition "Kubok Severa" of folk musicians in Cherepovets, Russia. In 1996 she won the First Place of Troyanovsky's Competition of musicians performing on traditional instruments in St. Petersburg (Russia). Elina was invited as a special guest for the Gloden Ring of Russia 1993 Balalaika and Domra Association of America convention. She shared the stage with Alexander Tsygankov, Valeriy Zazhigin and Mikhail Sheikhman for the concerts at the "Rossia" Concert Hall in Moscow (Московский концертный зал "Россия") and at the Saint Petersburg's State Capella (Государственная академическая капелла).
Acclaimed New York based contrabass balalaika player Leonid Bruk (Russian: Леонид Кимович Брук) was born in Leningrad, Russia. Leonid was graduated from music school as a bass guitarist and performed with many different groups in Russia, Israel, and the United States of America. In 1996 he joined Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. 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 Tamara Volskaia's "Russian Souvenir", Mandolin Orchestra of New York and soon become known expert in Russian folk music. His specialty is playing balalaika bass and balalaika-contrabass.
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. 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. 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. Ensemble Barynya is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Under direction of Mr. Smirnov ensemble Barynya has become the most requested Russian folk song, dance and music company outside of Mother Russia.