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Russian balalaika and garmoshka duo, concert at Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State

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On Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 10:30am Elina Karokhina (balalaika virtuoso, dancer), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocal, guitar, garmoshka, costumed characters) performed one hour concert at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371. The Duo presented a program called "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - SONG, MUSIC, AND DANCES OF OLD RUSSIA". Performance included Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Jewish, and Russian Roma Gypsy songs, music, and dances. All instrumental numbers were performed on the traditional Russian instruments balalaika and garmoshka. Music selections included Russian folk song and dance "The Snowstorm" (), "Kalinka" (), "Long Road" ( ), "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk song and dance "Kamarinskaya" (), "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie ( ), "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" ( ), "The Peddlers" (), "Yablocko", "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", Russian Jewish Wedding Dance ( ), "Dark Eyes" ( ר), "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Valenki" (Felt Boots), Ukrainian folk song and dance "You Tricked Me" (), Russian Tongue Twister song ظ , , "Sabre Dance" from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian (), "Csardas" by Vittorio Monti (), , , , , ( ), and other selections. After the show Mikhail and Elina took some photos with kids and adults who attended the program.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: msmirnov@yahoo.com / Phone/Text (201) 981-2497.

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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
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About Elina Karokhina:
 
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina is number 1 balalaika player in the United States. She was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia and 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. 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 "The Orchestra Rocks" production. In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of Moscow Gypsy Army 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. In 2018 Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention in Philadelphia. In October 2019 Elina was invited to perform during Emirates-Russian Week at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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About Mikhail Smirnov:
 
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya, 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. 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 dance, song and music show outside of Mother Russia.

New York Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Yuriy Balan New York Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Yuriy Balan New York Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Yuriy Balan

Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA, December 5th, 2019

On Thursday, December 5th, 2019 two musicians of Barynya ensemble Elina Karokhina (balalaika virtuoso), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocal, guitar, garmoshka) performed one hour concert at the Community Room of Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. The Duo presented a program called "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - SONG, MUSIC, AND DANCES OF OLD RUSSIA". Performance included Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Jewish, and Russian Roma Gypsy songs, music, and dances. All instrumental numbers were performed on the traditional Russian instruments balalaika and garmoshka. Music selections included Sabre Dance from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, "Moscow Nights", "Kalinka", "Long Road", "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk dance "Kamarinskaya", "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie, "The Moon Is Shining Brightly", "The Peddlers", "Yablocko", "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", "Dark Eyes", "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Valenki" (Felt Boots), and other selections.

Washington State, Russian musicians, dancers, singers, balalaika, garmoshka, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684
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Russian DJ, MC, Tamada, corporate event in Washington, Seattle

Russian DJ, MC-Tamada Mikhail and DJ Elina provided music and entertainment for mixed Russian-American corporate event on Friday, December 6th 2019 at the Willows Lodge, 14580 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072. Program of entertainment included lottery raffle and toasts. The music selections included Russian and American dance hits from 80-th, 90-th, 2000 and current.

Russian American DJ, MC, Tamada, Seattle, Washington, Russian-American corporate event, Willows Lodge, Woodinville, WA
Russian-American corporate event, Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: msmirnov@yahoo.com / Phone/Text (201) 981-2497.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: msmirnov@yahoo.com / Phone/Text (201) 981-2497.