01. BARYNYA PERFORMANCE (about 20 min) - Barynya presented songs, dances and music of Russia.
02. Grade 5 - "KALINKA" - ("Êàëèíêà" - “Guelder-Rose Tree”) - most famous Russian folk song and dance.
..."Juniper, juniper, juniper, my juniper,
In the garden there's the berry, my raspberry.
Under the pine, under the green pine,
Lay me down to sleep
Oh you dear pine, oh you green pine,
Don't you rustle so loud over me
Beautiful maid, dear maid,
Please fall in love with me!"...
04. Grade 3 and Grade 4 - "METELITSA" ("Ìåòåëèöà" - “The Snowstorm”)
traditional Siberian Russian song and dance. "...Snowstorm is blowing along the street, My sweetheart is walking there, Please stop, do not walk, dear!, Let me look at you, my joy!...
05. - Grade 1 and Grade 2 - "KOROBUSHKA" - ("Êîðîáóøêà" - “The Peddlers”) - Russian favorite folk song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.
06. Grade Pre-K and Grade K - "SENI" - "Ah Vy, Seni, Moi Seni" - "Ah you, inner porch, my inner porch".
This is a traditional Russian folk song. It tells a simple story about the girl who is in love with young brewer Vanya, but the girl's strict father forbids them to see each other. The tune itself is a simple one, but capable of embellishment, and for that reason, it is often either the second or third tune taught to a beginning balalaika student. It is also often performed by solo female singers. The song was known at least since 18th century.
07. Grade 6 and Grade 7 - COSSACK DANCE "Varen'ka" ("Êàçà÷èé òàíåö" - "Cossack dance") - Don River Cossack songs and dance. Kazaki are better known outside of Russia as Cossacks (Turkish word meaning Outlaw, Adventurer or freebooter/freeman). The Don Cossacks had their own independent republic for most of the 17th century, and in 1835 reached an agreement with the Russian czar, according to which they would provide him with highly trained soldiers in return for land and special privileges. Kazaki (Cossacks) are first mentioned in the 15th century as freedom-loving exserfs, Tatars and descendants of Scythian warriors living on the open plains of southern Ukraine and Russia's Don River basin. Many Hollywood movies depict fearless, captivating warriors, quite lively, dancing with their sabers.
08. Grade 8 - "BARYNYA" - ("Áàðûíÿ") -
original Russian folk dance with short "Chastushki" (four line folk verses). It was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble back in 1991. The Barynya dance is an alternation of limericks and frenetic dancing. The content is always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squat work. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class.
BIO AND INFORMATION
Olga Chpitalnaia bio
Olga Chpitalnaia was born in Kherson, Ukraine. She was performing with Ukrainian Dance State Ensemble “Slavutich” and the "Russian folk song and dance ensemble of the Black Sea Navy Sailors”. Olga has made the United States her home in 1992. In the United States Olga Chpitalnaia was a part of Riverdance's "Flying Squad" project (2004, 2008). She has joined ensemble "Barynya" in 2003.
Valentina Kvasova bio
Valentina Kvasova was born in Russia, in the city of Rostov-na-Donu, Cossack's Capital of Russia. After finishing of the formal education in Voronezh Choreographic School in 1994 she has been invited to Rostov Don Cossacks State Academic Song and Dance Ensemble as the actress of ballet. Valentina successfully performed with the company in Russia, Japan, Spain, Hungary, the Republic of South Africa, the USA and other countries. In the United States Valentina was a part of the Riverdance's "Flying Squad" project (2008). She has joined Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya in 2004 as a dancer and singer. In 2005 she has become a dance captain, in 2008 - a choreographer.
Elina Karokhina bio
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She is the daughter of the 2003 Pushkin Prize-winning author L'ev Fyodorovich Karokhin and Galina Savich. Lina (Elina L'vovna) 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 (Russian: Ýëèíà Ëüâîâíà Êàðîõèíà) 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 founded and performed with Boston Russian Music Duo. Currently she is a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble outside of Mother-Russia -Barynya, New York, USA.
Mikhail Smirnov bio
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
(Russian: Ìèõàèë Âèêòîðîâè÷ Ñìèðíîâ) 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. 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 bytraveling to many different regions of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk, Belgorod, and Don River to collect Russian folklore at its source. 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. 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 on January 4th and aired through January 26th,
ABOUT BARYNYA ENSEMBLE:
The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya,
established in the year 1991, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting
stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble. Barynya presents Russian,
Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Jewish, and Russian Gypsy traditional dancing,
music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the
balalaika, balalaika-contrabass, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion). Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institute of
America in Washington D.C., the United Nations in New York, and the Russian
Embassy in Washington D.C.
Barynya is globally recognized and boasts an impressive client roster of
dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and organizations from around the
world. The group performed at the black-tie Gala after the Liberty Medal was
presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W.
Bush in 2008. The prestigious event was attended by over one thousand
dignified guests including the likes of Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn.
Latest major concert tours: United States (2013, 2012), Australia (2011), Hong Kong (2010), Canada, Mexico (2009), United States (2008).
Barynya also performs annually at the Russian Nobility Ball for the Russian
Nobility Association in New York. Members of the ensemble have been invited to perform at many film premier and celebrity parties, including the
official post-Grammy Award parties in New York and for private events hosted
by Barbara Walters, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Most recently, Mikhail Smirnov, the founder and Artistic Director of
Barynya, was invited as one of the eight judges on NBC’s hit dance show,
"Superstars of Dance". Each judge is an expert in a different nation’s traditional style of dance and the NBC producers decided that Mr. Smirnov, as founder of the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia, is the authority on traditional Russian dance.
STUDENTS, STAFF AND BARYNYA MEMBERS AT THE LOCAL TV STATION
Russian dance troupe Barynya at Bristol School
from the website:
Bristol Consolidated School in Pemaquid is celebrating Diversity Week this week. This is the 17th year of Diversity Week, and this week the school is focusing on learning Russian culture. As part of the program, the Russian group Barynya has come to the school to teach students dance and music. Students will be able to show off what they've learned during a performance with Barynya on Friday, May 16th at 6:30 at Brisol Consolidated School.
Established in 1991, ensemble Barynya presents Russian, Cossack and Jewish traditional dancing and music on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika contrabass, guitar and garmoshka.
Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, the United Nations, the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ensemble Barynya is available for hire for performing art centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, children's programs, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.