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Sasha Resitor-balalaika, Mikhail Smirnov - guitar, garmoshka

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contact Russian Balalaika and Garmoshka Duo Mikhail Smirnov and Sasha Ressetar Russian Balalaika Duo is performing in New York, New Jersey, PA and nationwide. Acclaimed Balalaika virtuoso Sasha Ressetar and Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, gusli, guitar and vocal) founded this successful duo back in 1995. Sasha and Mikhail have toured all over the United States of America, appeared on various television and radio shows, performed in schools, colleges, clubs, various stages and concerts. Mikhail Smirnov is a a professional Russian folk singer, performer and musician with many years of experience. Director of Russian folk music and dance ensemble Barynya, Mikhail Smirnov also plays garmoshka, balalaika, guitar, jaleika, kugikly, contrabass balalaika and gusli. His specialty is traditional Russian folk music and songs from various regions of Russia. As a student of Moscow State Institute of Culture Mikhail (Misha) went to many different parts of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk and Belgorod as a collector of Russian folklore. Mr. Smirnov recorded over 100 hours of Russian folk songs, tunes, and lyrics. Russian Balalaika Duo Mikhail Smirnov Sasha ResitorMany of those songs are used in the program of New York based Russian folk music and dance ensemble "Barynya", where he is working as a managing director since the group was found in 1991.
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Sasha (Alexander) Ressetar first heard the balalaika when he was a child. He was born in 1963 in San Antonio, Texas at Lackland Air Force Base. At three years of age he stated to listen to old Russian records. His father was serving as a Russian Orthodox priest at that time. He had a collection of Russian choral and instrumental music which included the Serge Jaroff Male Choir and Sasha Polinoff's orchestra. At that time, Polinoff played the balalaika in Russian restaurants in New York City. At a very early age Sasha decided to be like Polinoff.

Russian Balalaika Duo Mikhail Smirnov Sasha Resitor Alexander Ressetar started playing balalaika when Mrs. Anastasia Karnow from Philadelphia organized a balalaika orchestra at the parish in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, this was not yet the musical instrument of choice. By age 16 Sasha was playing a guitar in a punk rock band. He picked up the balalika again 4 years later when he was a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburg. He was stayed with balalaika ever since. Sasha began working in New York City in 1986 and within one month he was playing at the RASPUTIN Restaurant on West 46th Street. Since that time he was played at many restaurants all over Big Apple. Some of them, like THE SAMOVAR, FIREBIRD, are still famous but many others have gone out of business (RUSSIAN TEA ROOM).

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December 16th, 2010 Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk and singer Irina Zagornova at the RUSAL USA corporate party.

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