Darien, CT. Russian song, music and dance ensemble Barynya performance and workshop at the Darien High School in Connecticut

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Russian music, dance and song ensemble "Barynya" provided Russian folk song and dance workshop and formal 90 min performance on Tuesday, April 17th 2018 at the Darien High School, 80 High School Lane, Darien CT 06820. Folk songs and dance master class with high school and middle school students started at 5pm. Performance started at 7pm. Cast of Barynya performers: Vladimir Nilitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia, Dinara Subaeva, Leonid Bruk, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Program of performance: Russian folk song and dance KALINKA (The Snowball Tree), Russian song and dance METELITSA (The Snowstorm), Sibirian Nanai dance (), BARYNYA, PIDMANULA, KAMARINSKAIA , TATARSKIY, contrabass-balalaika solo, Jewish Candle dance, Andgry Husband ( ), Jewish Bottle dance (), Peddlers ( ), Cossack dance ( ), Russian Tongue-Twisters (), Sailors dance (), Ukrainian National Dance "Hopak" (), Dark Eyes ( ), Russian Gypsy Romani dance Mardzhandzha ( ), Waltz Durane (), and other selections.

Contact information: phone/text: (201) 981-2497, email msmirnov@yahoo.com

Russian folk song and dance KALINKA (The Snowball Tree)
Ensemble Barynya, Darien Hight, School. Darien, Connecticut, Vladimir Nilitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia, Dinara Subaeva, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Russian folk song and dance KALINKA (The Snowball Tree)

Ukrainian National Dance "Hopak" ()
Ensemble Barynya, Darien Hight, School. Darien, Connecticut, Vladimir Nilitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia, Dinara Subaeva, Ukrainian National Dance Hopak ()

Russian Gypsy Romani dance Mardzhandzha ( )
Ensemble Barynya, Darien Hight, School. Darien, Connecticut, Vladimir Nilitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia, Dinara Subaeva, Mikhail Smirnov, Russian Gypsy Romani dance Mardzhandzha,

Photo with students after the performance
Ensemble Barynya, Darien Hight, School. Darien, Connecticut, Vladimir Nilitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia, Dinara Subaeva, Leonid Bruk, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Balalaika Balalaika Trio at the Darien High School in Connecticut

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov performed one hour concert in Darien, Connecticut in the summer of 2017.  Concert and workshop took place at the Darien High School.  The Balalaika Trio performed Siberian Nanai Wrestling Dance "", Russian folk button accordion "GARMOSHKA" (Russian: ) introduction with traditional Russian song "Kalinka" (), Russian wedding dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: ""), Kamarinskaiya, Russian folk instrument balalaika introduction (""), Russian Tongue Twisters Medley (""), Jewish wedding dance "", Russian Percussian Orchestra interactive game with students (""), Russian Romani Roma Gypsy song and dance (""), Russian folk dance lesson (" "), Ukrainian folk song and dance Pidmanoola (""), instrumental solo "", Russian Bear dance "", Waltz #1, Long Road-Those Were The Days ( ), Fiddler On The Roof Medley, The Butterfly Waltz by V.V.Andreev (), Russian folk song "Husband Forsed Me" ( ), Dark Eyes ( ), Felt Boots (), Doctor Zhivago's Somewhere My Love Lara's theme ( ), The Moon Is Shining Brightly ( ), Corelli variations (), Fluffy Bumblebee ( ), Sabre Dance ( ), White Acacia ( ), World Music Balalaika Medley (), Chardash (), and other selections.

Contact information: phone/text: (201) 981-2497, email msmirnov@yahoo.com

Darien, CT, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Balalaika Trio, Darien High School, Connecticut
Darien, CT, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Balalaika Trio, Darien High School, Connecticut

ABOUT PERFORMERS: Elina Karokhina
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.  Elina 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.  She is a winner of International Music Competition in Cherepovets and a Holder of the First Place in Troyanovsky's Competition for musicians performing of traditional instruments in St. Petersburg, Russia.   As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world.

Elina Karokhina, Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
Elina Karokhina on the stage of the Carnegie Hall in New York City

She was a soloist of State Concert Russian Orchestra of Saint Petersburg under direction of Honored Performer of Russia Vladimir Popov (Russian: -, .)  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 world-famous 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 several concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City with symphony orchestra, choir, and opera soloists as a soloist of "The Orchestra Rocks" production.

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Darien, CT, Barynya Balalaika Trio, Darien High School, Connecticut Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Darien, CT, Barynya Balalaika Trio, Darien High School, Connecticut Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Darien, CT, Barynya Balalaika Trio, Darien High School, Connecticut

About Leonid Bruk:
Acclaimed New York based contrabass balalaika player Leonid Bruk 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 (Russian: ) was deeply attracted to the bass-balalaika and contrabass balalaika.

Leonid Bruk, Barynya, Erie, Pennsylvania, Troika Festival

Leonid Bruk 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.
About Mikhail Smirnov:
Mikhail 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 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.

Mikhail Smirnov performing folk song Korobushka

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.

Contact information: phone/text: (201) 981-2497, email msmirnov@yahoo.com

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Haynes Elementary School, Niantic, CT, February 26, 2018

Russian traditional dance, song, and music trio provided 45 min performance of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy and Jewish dances, songs, and music on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Haynes Elementary School in Connecticut. Cast od performers: Mikhail Smirnov, Vasiliy Romani, and Ukrainian Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok.

Mikhail Smirnov, Vasiliy Romani, Serhiy Tsyganok, Haynes Elementary School, Niantic, Connecticut
Haynes Elementary School, Niantic, Connecticut

Concert at the Tokeneke School in Darien, Connecticut, March 6th, 2018

Russian dance, song, and music ensemble Barynya led by Russian folk accordion garmoshka player and singer Mikhail Smirnov with Russian Gypsy singer Vasiliy Romani and Ukrainian Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok provided two 45 min performances of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy and Jewish songs, music, and dances on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 8:45 and 9:45am at the Tokeneke School, 7 Old Farm Rd, Darien, CT 06820. Program of performance included Russian folk song with garmoshka "Subboteya" (Russian: ), Russian folk dance Barynya, Russian song KATYUSHA , COSSACK DANCE, solo on Russian seven string guitar by Vasily "VENGERKA" (), Jewish BOTTLE DANCE, dance of Russian Bear ( ), Russian song "My darling" (¨ M ), Ukrainian folk song and dance PIDMANULA, Russian Tongue-Twister (), RUSSIAN ALPHABET LESSON, Russian folk song "KOROBUSHKA" with the percussian ORCHESTRA consisted of students, Russian folk DANCE LESSON, Russian folk dance KALINKA.

Tokeneke School, 7 Old Farm Rd, Darien, CT 06820, Vasiliy Romani, Mikhail Smirnov, Serhiy Tsyganok
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Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, Connecticut, March 1st, 2018

Russian traditional dance, song, and music ensemble Barynya provided evening performance at the auditorium and instructional component (Russian dance workshop) at the gymnasium on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 during 2018 International Night at the Smith Middle School, 216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Cast of performers included Simona Zhukovski (dancer), Olga Chpitalnaia (dancer), Russian folk accordion garmoshka player and singer Mikhail Smirnov, and balalaika virtouso Elina Karokhina.

Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, Connecticut, 216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia
Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, Connecticut, dancers Simona Zhukovski, Olga Chpitalnaia

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