Leonid Kimovich Bruk, contrabass balalaika virtuoso from New York City

Acclaimed New York based contrabass balalaika player Leonid Bruk (Russian: ) was born in Leningrad, Russia. Leonid was graduated from music school as a bass guitarist and performed with many different groups. In 1998 he joined Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. In 2000 he founded his own Russian folk music trio "BROOKLYN BALALAIKAS". Since 1889 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 NYC Klezmer Band, Tamara Volskaia's Russian Souvenir ensemble, Mandalin Orchestra of New York, NYC Russian Band and New York Balalaika Orchestra and soon become known expert in Russian folk music. His specialty is playing balalaika bass and balalaika-contrabass.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For fast price quote and information please send an email to mikhail@barynya.com or call Mikhail Smirnov at (201) 981-2497.

Barynya Balalaika Trio in Greenwich, Connecticut (private party, October 2015)

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Contrabass-Balalaika solo, School Assembly in Maryland, December 2015


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Leonid Bruk and Elina Karokhina, Brooklyn, NY, September 2015

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina,  Brooklyn, NY, September 2015
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Photos from ensemble Barynya performance at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition Faberge Revealed, Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013.

Photo from concert of "Barynya" ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) during exhibition "Faberge Revealed" in Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013. Barynya cast: Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Anna Brovkina, Aliaksandr Anatska, Alexander Rudoy. All photos made by Shawn Fitzgerald Photography are available on Barynya website.

Barynya performance at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition Faberge Revealed, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography
All photos from Barynya performance at the "Faberge Revealed" exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, singer Irina Zagornova, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral & Church of Our Lady of Tikhvin in Howell, NJ


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Morristown, New Jersey, December 31st, 2012

Barynya in Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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October 21, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, Selden, New York

Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. Concert October 21st, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, 575 MC Road, Selden, New York
All photos from October 21st, 2012, Long Island, New York

December 2011. Russian Winter Musical Fairytale "The Snow Maiden"

Russian Winter Musical Fairytale The Snow Maiden
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January 8, 2012, Showcase for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters-2012, New York City

Ensemble "BARYNYA" and "THE SNOW MAIDEN" (Musical) showcases during Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual booking conference at the Hilton Hotel NYC (at 54th Street), 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, USA. Cast: singer Alexander Menshikov, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka, vocals), Leonid Bruk (contrabass-balalaika), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Andrei Kisselev, Boulat Moukhametov, Alexander Rudoy, Anna Brovkina, Olga Chpitalnaia, Valentina Kvasova.

Barynya, APAP|NYC|2012, New York City, January 8th, 2012
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December 11, 2011. Huntington Public Library

This video was recorded by Long Island TV company during ensemble Barynya performance at the Huntington Public Library (338 Main Street, Huntington, New York 11743) on Sunday, December 11th, 2011. Cast of performers: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), dancers: Petr Tikhonov, Ilia Pankratov, Nick Kobryn


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Corporate event in Miami, Florida. October 20, 2011.

"Korobushka" and "Kalinka"

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All photos and videos from performance at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on October 20, 2011 in Miami, Florida

Barynya Balalaika Trio at the Bevcam TV Studio, Beverly, MA, June 29th, 2011.

Barynya Balalaika Trio: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals). Recorded and produced by EstradaProduction (www.estradaproductions.com).


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Troika Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania. Memorial day 2011.

Leonid Bruk, Barynya, Erie, Pennsylvania, Troika Festival
Leonid Bruk with his contrabass-balalaika. View all photos and videos from Troika Festival in Erie, PA.

Balalaika Music Medley

Recorded during Troika Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 29th, 2011. Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocal).


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Petroushka Ball, 2-11-2011, Waldorf Astoria, New York City

Performance during dinner by Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), and singer Alexander Menshikov. Recorded by Alexander Gurman (alexandergurman's YouTube channel) on February 11, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the Petroushka Ball.


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February 2011, Los Angeles, California. "Dance of Russian Sailors" video


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Performance during basketball game NJ NETS vs Utah JAZZ on January 19th, 2011 at the Prudential Center arena in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Musicians Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Leonid Bruk (bass, balalaika-contrabass), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), singer Alexander Menshikov, and singer Irina Zagornova entertained during the New Jersey Nets VIP reception. The guest list included NETS owner (Mikhail Prokhorov), the Russian Ambassador to the UN (H.E. Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin), and the Russian Consul General (Honorable Andrey Konstantinovich Yushmanov).

Russian band NJ NETS January 19, 2011
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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.

Barynya at the Russian Consulate NYC
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Photos from ensemble Barynya's concert tour in Florida. December 2010.

Ensemble Barynya tour in Florida, December 2010
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Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 2010 Ball An Evening Under the Tsars
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH

Barynya Cincinnati Ohio 2010
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Video from Russian Festival in Howell, NJ on Oct 10, 2010

Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka, vocals), Leonid Bruk (balalaika contrabass). Dancers: Alexey Maltsev, Ilia Pankratov, Anna Brovkina, Olga Chpitalnaia.

"Gypsy Fantasy"

"Chardash"

Saturday, August 14th, 2010, Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York

It has been the first time in 2010 when singers Irina Zagornova (soprano) performed with Barynya during the same concert. Elina Karokhina (balalaika) and Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass) have played a new arrangement of the Sailors dance for balalaika and balalaika-contrabass. Video Alisa Yegorova, video editing L.Bruk. Photos by L.Bruk and I. Fridman. See all photos and videos from this concert here.

Leonid Bruk
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"Kamarinskaia" - ""


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Somewhere My Love Lara's theme Dr. Zhivago


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50th Birthday Party - Russian Sailors' Theme
Saturday, July 17th, 2010, Lake Ozark, Missouri

MC MISHA, singer/one-man-band Sasha Menshikov, Leonid Bruk (bass guitar, balalaika-contrabass), Elina Karokhina (a.k.a DJ Natasha Korolyova, balalaika) entertained an exclusive private party on the Lake Ozark in Missouri. The party with the Russian Sailor's theme took place outside just above the beautiful lake. The temperature was above 90 however everyone had a good time. Musicians played live music with garmoshka, guitar, balalaika, bass guitar, and balalaika-contrabass). The team performed American, Russian, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Jewish, and European popular songs and music.

Leonid Bruk, Lake Ozark, Missouri, July 2010
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July 2010, Minneapolis, MN

Leonid Bruk and Russian music ensemble Barynya performances during the Balalaika and Domra Association of America conference-2010. The conference took place at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 2010. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals). Camera - Sergey Rogozin, video editing - Leonid Bruk. All videos and photos from this performance.

Alfred Shnitke - Fugue

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Sailor's Dance

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June 2010, Brooklyn, New York

Leonid Bruk is pictured as a Russian bear who plays bass balalaika. More costumed characters are available for hire.

Leonid Bruk as Russian Bear who plays balalaika-bass

May 2010, Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

Performance at the Russian Consulate NYC with singer Sergey Pobedinskiy, violinist virtuoso Valery Zhmud, famous Russian singer Baskov, and Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova.

2010. Russian Consulate NYC.  Sergey Pobedinskiy, Valery Zhmud, Baskov, Irina Zagornova, Leonid Bruk.  Click to see larger photo

April 9, 2010, Toronto, Canada

Friday, April 9th, 2010, Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G5 CANADA, Winter Palace Ball and the Gala Charity Fundraiser benefitting Ruskoka, a summer camp for underprivileged children. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Valery Abramov (tenor-saxophone), Oleg Sorin (trumpet).

Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada
Ensemble Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada. Click to see all photos

February 2010, Russian Winter Festival in Albany, New York

Barynya, Russian Winter Festival, Albany, New York
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Barynya, February 2010, Russian Winter Festival, Albany, New York
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Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:40PM, 9:40PM, 10:40PM,
APAP booking conference NYC Hilton, Morgan Suite, 2 Floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

08:40PM Barynya
09:40PM Moscow Gypsy Army
10:40PM Mazal Tov

MUSICIANS/SINGERS: Yakov Yavno (vocals), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Alexander Menshikov (vocals), Leonid Bruk (bass, balalaika contrabass), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Alexey Efimenko (guitar), Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Sasha Mogilevich (drums),
DANCERS: Valentina Kvasova, Natalia Ejova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ksenya Hentisz, Ilia Pankratov, Andrei Kisselev, Andrij Cybyk, Alexander Rudoy.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters Showcase Poster
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Russian Consulate General, NYC 2010

Leonid Bruk, NYC, 2010

Los Angeles, California, November 14th, 2009
Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

Barynya, Los Angeles, California, November 2009
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Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk College, Brentwood, New York, October 2009

Cast: Mikhail Smirnov (vocals, garmoshka), Alexander Menshikov (vocals), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Roman Ivanoff (percussions), Serge Rogozin (balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan), Irina Zagornova (vocals), Kagarov sisters (vocals), Dancers: Alexey Maltsev, Danila Sherstobitov, Aliaksandr Anatska, Alexander Rudoy, Valentina Kvasova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ksenya Hentisz, Olga Yeliseyeva.

Barynya concert on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at  Suffolk County Community College, Van Nostrand Theatre, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New York

Russian "Two Step Dance" -


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Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2009

Leonid Bruk, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2009
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Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada, July 2009

Over 10 thousand people attended Barynya performance during Festival in Chicoutimi. Performers: Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Alexander Menshikov, Yan Khmel, Lev Zabeginsky, Valentina Kvasova, Ilia Pankratov.

Barynya at the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada July 2009
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Concert in Morristown, New Jersey, February 22, 2009 (video)

Photos from the Petroushka Ball 2009 in New York City

Annual Petroushka Ball 2009 took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra performed from 9pm until 2:30am in the morning. List of performers: Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Lev Zabeginsky (domra), Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Yan Khmel (bayan), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), singers Alexander Menshikov and Lyudmila Fesenko.

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008 Ensemble Barynya performed during diner Gala after the Liberty Medal 2008 was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush. Official ceremony took place on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at The National Constitution Center located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphias Independence Mall... letter of recommendation.

Eight Barynya dancers, four musicians and three singers entertained a black-tie dinner for more than 1,000 guests. Audience included President George H. W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn. Barynya performed both concert music and dance throughout the evening. President's Bush and Gorbachev were thrilled. World known concert pianist Van Cliburn shake hands with the balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky. MC of the evening, American television journalist Tom Brokaw, used one of our microphones to do the toasts. He was standing next to Barynya musicians on the stage.

Barynya performers: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan); singers: Alexander Menshikov, Irina Zagornova and Diana Bruk; dancers: Anna Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Natalia Ejova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Andrei Kisselev, Ilia Pankratov, Vitaly Verterich and Alexey Maltsev.

Barynya at Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008

Russian Federation Embassy Estate USA. August 2008

Barynya at the Russian Federation Embassy Estate USA
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New York Russian Radio Station City Radio 540AM
Festival of Russian music, dance and culture, May 2008

Brighton Beach Festival of Russian music, dance and culture on May 18th, 2008 was organized by New York Russian Radio Station CITY RADIO 540AM. Barynya performed in the beginning of the concert. Five dancers and two musicians were on the stage built near the south end of Coney Island Avenue (next to Boardwalk) in Brooklyn, New York. Dancers Valentina Kvasova, Ganna Makarova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Danila Sherstobitov, Alexey Maltsev performed Russian dances "Barynya", "Metelitsa", "Kalinka", "Korobushka", Cossack dance Varenka, and Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak". Mikhail Smirnov was singing and playing garmoshka while Leonid Bruk was burning fingers on his huge balalaika-contrabass.
Barynya @ Russian Radio concert in New York
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Leonid Bruk with Balalaika-contrabass New York

Windsor Terrace Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, May 12, 2008.

Alexey Maltsev, Valentina Kvasova, Leonid Bruk, Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov
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Video from concert in New York City on January 26, 2008

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Photos by Dalia Bagdonaite from Zhenya Shevchenko and ensemble Barynya concert and rehearsal on Saturday, January 26, 2008 in New York City

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Eugene, Oregon, January 2008 - video

Recorded during performance on January 19, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon during Slavic Festival. Musicians: Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Sergey Ryabtsev (violin), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), singer Alexander Menshikov.


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Barynya in Toronto, Canada, December 2007

Barynya in Toronto, Canada, December 2007

On December 13, 2007 at 8pm Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya performed at the "Guvernment" (Kool Haus Entertainment Complex), 132 Queens Quay East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3Y5 Canada... view more pictures

July, 2007. Performance series in Ohio communities

BARYNYA SUMMER 2007 OHIO TOUR
view photos from Ensemble Barynya Ohio Summer Tour 2007

Ensemble Barynya was touring the state of OHIO as part of the Ohio Arts Councils Summer International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). Barynya performed many shows, Russian & Ukrainian dance workshops from July 17 to July 28, 2007. Performance locations included Lakeside, Warren, Marietta, Jackson and Grandview Heights. All performances were free and open to the public.

Barynya in Ohio 2007 tour DVD
Barynya in Ohio 2007 tour DVD

Performers: Mikhail Smirnov - vocal, garmoshka, guitar, Alex Siniavski - balalaika, Gypsy guitar, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dance captain, dancer, Leonid Bruk - balalaika contrabass, Alexander Menshikov - singer, tambourine, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Natalia Ejova - dancer, Natia Rtveliashvili - dancer, Stefan Kuziw - dancer, Alex Sizov - dancer... view videos, order full lenght DVD of this concert.

May 2007. Russian Nobility Ball-2007 in New York City

Barynya @ Russian Nobility Ball 2007
Ensemble Barynya @ Russian Nobility Ball 2007 photos

The Russian Nobility Association in America annual Spring Russian Nobility Ball took place at the luxurious "Pierre" Hotel on May 11, 2007 in New York City. Musicians and dancers of New York based Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (full company) provided music for coctail hour and thirty minute music and dance program during the dinner. "Barynya" performed popular Russian Gypsy pieces: "Two Guitars", "Kay One", "Vingerka", "3 lines", Russian favorite balalaika arrangement "The Moon is shining brightly" and Cossack song and dance "Varen'ka"

Cleveland Jewish News.com, April 2007

Russian music and dance in Ohio
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Variations on Russian folk song: "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (sometimes translated as "The New Moon is Lighting") written by the "Father of Russian Balalaika" Vasily Vasileyevich Andreyev (1861-1918) is so popular it was even mentioned in Michail Bulgakov's book "The heart of a dog": Someone was hard at work playing a rousing tune on the balalaika two rooms away and the sound of a series of intricate variations on 'The Moon is Shining' mingled in Philip Philipovich's head with the words of the sickening newspaper article. When he had read it he pretended to spit over his shoulder and hummed absentmindedly through his teeth: ' "The moo-oon is shining . . . shining bright . . . the moon is shining . . ." God, that damned tune's on my brain!'... read more

Below is the small translation of the song lyrics into English. Russian original text is included as well for those who can read Russian Cyrillic.


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THE MOON IS SHINING

The moon is shining, shining brightly
The white nightfall is shining too
My pathway is eliminated
All the way to the Sasha's place

March 2007. George Washington University

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Slavic Spring Festival in Washington, D.C. pictures, video

Highland Park, New Jersey, USA, January 13, 2007

Ensemble Barynya performance in Highland Park, New Jersey, USA January 2007
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Ensemble Barynya in Eugene, Oregon in 2006 and 2007

Ensemble Barynya in Eugene, Oregon

University of Texas-Pan American. November 13, 2006

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Daydreams Waltz
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This waltz composed by "father" of Russian balalaika Vassily Vassilievich Andreev (born 186l).

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Leonid Bruk with his balalaika-contrabass

Balalaika-bass and contrabass balalaikas are the biggest in size, and the strongest and deepest in sound.

BALALAIKA BASS DESCRIPTION
First string: D, minor octave.
Second string: A, major octave.
Third string: E, major octave.
The instrument size and form require from the musician to play it in standing position. A metal pin is attached to it from below, which abuts against the floor. So neither the instrument body nor its sounding-board touch the performer's dress, and this causes great resonant effect, resulting in powerful, long and deep sound.

Natalia Demidova Smirnov is performing Russian folk song Valenki (Felt Boots). Russian folk music balalaika trio. Siniavski,Bruk,Smirnov. Joplin, MO
Balalaika Trio playing Russian folk tune The Moon is Shining Brightly. Russian folk music balalaika trio. Siniavski,Bruk,Smirnov. Joplin, MO
Russian folk music balalaika trio. Siniavski,Bruk,Smirnov. Joplin, MO

To make the string sound well, musician has to press the strings correctly and tightly by one-two fingers of the left hand, and strike with the right hand softly, but deeply and with strength. There have been no considerable changes since the time of Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev, but the playing technique is being constantly developed and improved.

Leonid Bruk with Russian folk Ensemble: Irina Zagornova, Natasha Smirnov, Svetlana Yankovskaya, Gennady Gutkin, Lev Zabeginsky, Misha Smirnov, Sergey Riabtsev and Yuriy Vodolaga Leonid Bruk with Russian folk Ensemble: Irina Zagornova, Natasha Smirnov, Svetlana Yankovskaya, Gennady Gutkin, Lev Zabeginsky, Misha Smirnov, Sergey Riabtsev and Yuriy Vodolaga Leonid Bruk with Russian folk Ensemble: Irina Zagornova, Natasha Smirnov, Svetlana Yankovskaya, Gennady Gutkin, Lev Zabeginsky, Misha Smirnov, Sergey Riabtsev and Yuriy Vodolaga
Leonid Bruk at Russian Cabaret "Moscow" (corner of East 54th Street and Madison Avenue, Manhattan, New York City) with Russian-Gypsy folk dance and music show group. Also on the photo Irina Zagornova, Natalia Smirnov, Svetlana Yankovskaya, Gennady Gutkin, Lev Zabeginsky, Misha Smirnov, Sergey Riabtsev and Yuriy Vodolaga

BALALAIKA CONTRABASS DESCRIPTION
First string: D, major octave.
Second string: A, contra octave.
Third string: E, contra octave.
The playing method is the same as the playing method of the balalaika bass. However, the arpeggio is not used here. To obtain a harmonious and powerful tremolo without rattling, it is recommended to use a big and solid leather plectrum. The balalaika contrabass is the foundation of the orchestra and its' harmonious and rhythmic support. The balalaika contrabass plays the same role in the orchestra as the bass.

Leonid Bruk performing famous Russian folk song KALINKA at Russian Maslenitsa Bliny Annual Diner at Holy 
Virgin Protection Church, town of Nyack, New York with Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova, 
balalaika player Edik Kutovoi, Russian dancer Yury Vodolaga Leonid Bruk performing famous Russian folk song KALINKA at Russian Maslenitsa Bliny Annual Diner at Holy 
Virgin Protection Church, town of Nyack, New York with Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova, garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, Russian folk singer Natalia Smirnov, 
balalaika player Edik Kutovoi and Russian folk dancer Yury Vodolaga Leonid Bruk performing famous Russian folk song KALINKA at Russian Maslenitsa Bliny Annual Diner at Holy 
Virgin Protection Church, town of Nyack, New York with Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova, garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, bayan virtuoso Yan Khmel, Russian folk singer Natalia Smirnov, 
balalaika player Edik Kutovoi and Russian folk dancer Yury Vodolaga Leonid Bruk performing famous Russian folk song KALINKA at Russian Maslenitsa Bliny Annual Diner at Holy 
Virgin Protection Church, town of Nyack, New York with Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova, garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, bayan virtuoso Yan Khmel, Russian folk singer Natalia Smirnov, 
balalaika player Edik Kutovoi and Russian folk dancer Yury Vodolaga
Leonid Bruk performing famous Russian folk song KALINKA at Russian Maslenitsa Bliny Annual Diner at Holy Virgin Protection Church, Nyack, New York with Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova, garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, bayan virtuoso Yan Khmel, Russian folk singer Natalia Smirnov, balalaika player Edik Kutovoi and Russian folk dancer Yury Vodolaga

CONTACT INFORMATION

For fast price quote and information please send an email to mikhail@barynya.com or call Mikhail Smirnov at (201) 981-2497.

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