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Russian storyteller with program of Russian folk tales (in english), traditional music, stories, Russian tongue twisters is available for hire in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, CT, MD and other states. Musical and educational program of Russian Folktales and Fairy Tales created by Russian Storytellers for English speaking children, students and adults.

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Storytellers and musicians of ensemble Barynya have put together number of Russian folk tales, stories and fairy tales with accompaniment of traditional Russian musical instruments such as balalaika, gusli, bass-balalaika and garmoshka for schools, private parties, pre-schools, movie soundtracks, colleges, TV soundtracks, adult care centers.

Russian tale translated into English
"The tale of the golden cockerel"
Aleksandr Pushkin translated by Walter Arndt

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StoryTelling StoryTeller Performance StoryTellers with program of Russian folk tales

The storyteller and virtuoso Russian musicians dressed in colorful Russian "rubashkas" are opening the act with traditional Russian folk dance tune "The Moon is Shining Brightly". Professional sound system with microphones available. Fee is based upon type and length of the performance and location.

Russian folktales and fairy tales

The little humpbacked horse
Little Humpbacked Horse
Russian folk tale "Alyonushka and her brother Ivanushka"
Alyonushka and Ivanushka

russian folk tale "Fisherman and Fish"
Fisherman and Fish
Russian folk tale "morozko"

Russian folktale "Fisherman and Fish" MP3 SAMPLE.

Fisherman and Fish.MP3 - performed by Alex Siniavski.

Russian storyteller: Russian folktales program video sample


Three performers proved to be the best readers of Russian folk tales: actor, singer and bayan player Vitali Baganov, balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski and Russian folk singer and garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov.

Vitali Baganov (filmography)

Vitali Baganov Rockaway (2007)-Sergei
"CSI: NY" - Dr. Bogdhan Ivanov (1 episode, 2004)
CSI: NY. "Blink" (2004) TV Episode - Dr. Bogdhan Ivanov
Pieces of April (2003) - Half Asleep Man
"The Sopranos" - Valery (2 episodes, 2001)
"The Sopranos" Pine Barrens (2001) TV Episode - Valery
To Save Us All from Satan's Power (2001) TV Episode - Valery
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Bartender (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Law & Order: SVU (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title)
Russian Love Poem (2000) TV Episode .... Bartender
Troika (1998) .... Vitali
Shchenok (1988)
Na ostriye mecha (1986)
Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Krovavaya nadpis (1979) (TV) (as V. Baganov)
... aka The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Bloody Signature (International: English title: literal title)
Inzhener Graftio (1979)
... aka Engineer Graftio

Alex Siniavski

Alex Siniavski Balalaika and Gypsy guitar virtuoso from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Alexey Vladimirovich Siniavski is one of most popular balalaika players in the world. Alex (Alyosha) is a genuine balalaika YouTube sensation. He has had over 162 thousand (and counting) views on YouTube, placing him in the top 5 most-viewed balalaika videos of ALL TIME and the top 10 most-subscribed Russian folk musicians of all time. Mr. Siniavski is the musicial director of Barynya - the biggest Russian dance and music ensemble outside of Russia. His own compact disk Barynya Russian folk songs was well recieved by Europian and American Russian folk music fans and professional musicians community. Tune "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu" from repertoire of Alex Siniavski have been selected for compact disk "Compilation of Russian Classic Folklore" released in Israel.

In March 2005 Alex Siniavski released BALALAIKA TUTORIAL ON DVD, the easy way to learn all balalaika techniques. 12 free video lessons are available to download from the website: scales, basic chords, Left Hand Position, learning a folk song, strumming, Thumb Pizzicato, Pizzicato Vibrato, Double Pizzicato, Single Pizzicato, Tremolo and Rolls Acclaimed balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavsky arrived in the United States of America in 1992 from St. Petersburg, Russia. As a soloist and director of Barynya he performs around the world, composes and arranges all music material for the concerts, compact disks and video of the ensemble.

Alex plays museum-quality balalaika, a three-stringed Russian instrument whose mandolin-like sound is perhaps best known in this country from the Dr. Zhivago soundtrack.

Alex was a leading member (balalaika prima) of The Andreev State symphonic balalaika orchestra, one of the most prestigious in former USSR. Alex graduated with honors from the Leningrad State Musical Conservatory. He have toured throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and America, appeared on the television and radio in Russia, America and Africa.

Mikhail Smirnov

Mikhail Victorovich 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 (Ru: Михаил Смирнов) 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, owner of Barynya Entertainment - the biggest Russian talent booking agency outside of Russia.

Mikhail Smirnov, photo from website Mikhail recieved 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.

While studying in Moscow, Mikhail followed his passion for Russian folk culture by traveling to many different regions of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk, Belgorod, and Don River to collect Russian folklore at its sourse. He was surprised to find out that folk dances, songs, melodies, lyrics, and tunes change from village to village, even if those as close as a couple of miles apart.

In these folklore expeditions, Misha recorded over 100 hours of Russian folk music and dances, performances on folk instruments. Later he has incorporated much of this original material into repertoire of his ensemble "Barynya" - the biggest (and many believe the best) Russian dance and music ensemble outside of Mother Russia.

Mikhail is adept on a variety of Russian folk instruments including balalaika-contrabass, balalaika, and gusli. However, his favorite instrument remains the garmoshka, the small Russian folk button accordion used in Russian folk music and dancing.

Mikhail Smirnov with producer and judges of the show Superstars of Dance, NBC, 2009

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. Of course, he can was not able to be judging Team of Russia... The show premiered on NBC network on January 4th and aired through January 26th, 2009.

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