Florida Russian Balalaika Duo. Traditional dancing, music and songs. Concert at the Orlando Public Library

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Russian Balalaika Duo (Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina) performed 60 min concert of traditional dances, songs and music in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. This free to public performance started at 3pm at the 1st floor stage area in Orlando Public Library located at 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801.

Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida
Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida

Program of performance:
01. Siberian Nanai Tribe Sumo Wrestling Dance (Борьба Нанайских мальчиков)
02. "Moscow Nights", popular Russian song.
03. "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Метелица - Metelitsa), Russian folk song and dance
04. Dr. Zhivago - Lara's Theme. Balalaika solo (instrumental)
05. Waltz "Babochka". V.V. Andreev. Balalaika solo.
06. "Long Road", Russian Gypsy folk song
07. "Dark Eyes" (Очи Чёрные), Russian Gypsy Roma song and dance
08. "Kalinka", Russian folk song
09. "Evreiskiy Tanets" (Еврейский танец со свечкой), Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candle
10. Hava Nagila, 7:40, Valenki
11. "Skorogovorkee" (Скороговорки), Medley of Russian tongue-twisters
12. "Kamarinskaiya" (Камаринская), introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika
13. "You Tricked Me" (Пидманула), Ukrainian folk song and dance
14. "Barynya", Russian folk dance lesson and workshop for all students (Урок русского народного танца).
15. World Music Balalaika Medley
16. "Koroboushka", popular Russian folk song
About performers: Mikhail Smirnov:
Russian ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, Artistic Director and Founder of Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) led the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. He talked briefly about costumes, folk instruments, Russian traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, and performed Russian tongue-twisters. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina performed a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika and several dance numbers.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

About performers: Elina Karokhina:
Elina Karokhina who 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. 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 (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 as a part of "The TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event.

Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida
Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida

About ensemble Barynya:
Both Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov are members of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991). The Barynya is available for hire for performing art centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups. The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian: Барыня), established in the year 1991, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Siberian, Nanai, Ukrainian, Roma Gypsy Tsyganskiy, Evreiskiy Jewish 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: Canada, United States (2016), Puerto Rico (2015), United States (2014, 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".

CONTACT INFORMATION: EMAIL msmirnov@yahoo.com / PHONE (201) 981-2497


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Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida
Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida

Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida
Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida

Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida
Russian Balalaika Duo. Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Orlando Public Library. Orlando, Florida

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina

Green Cove Springs Branch Clay County Library, Green Cove Springs, Florida, December 12, 2019

On Thursday, December 12th, 2019 two members of Russian song, dance, and music ensemble Barynya provided one hour performance at the Green Cove Springs Branch of Clay County Library system. Exact address: 403 Ferris St, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Program started at 6:30pm. Artistic director, singer, garmoshka, and guitar player Mikhail Smirnov announced every number of the show in English. The performance was titled "From Russia With Love - Songs, Music, and Dances Of Old Russia" and 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" (Вдоль по улице метелица метёт), "Kalinka" (Калинка-малинка моя), "Long Road" (Дорогой длинною), "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk song and dance "Kamarinskaya" (Камаринская), "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie (Тема Лары из фильма Доктор Живаго), "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (Светит месяц), "The Peddlers" (Коробейники), "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", Russian Jewish Wedding Dance (Еврейский свадебный танец со свечкой), "Dark Eyes" (Очи чёрные), "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Valenki" (Felt Boots), Ukrainian folk song and dance "You Tricked Me" (Пiдманула), Russian Tongue Twister song «Шёл я яром, шёл я низом», "Sabre Dance" from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian (Танец с саблями Хачатуряна), "Csardas" by Vittorio Monti (Чардаш Монти), ВАЛЬС ДЮРАН (solo by balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina), Russian folk dance Barynya (Барыня), Russian table song "Maroz" (Ой, мороз, мороз), and other selections. After the show Mikhail and Elina took some photos with kids and adults who attended the program.

Elina Karokhina, Green Cove Springs Branch, Clay County Library, Green Cove Springs, Florida, Thursday, December 12th, 2019, 403 Ferris St, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
All photos from the Green Cove Springs Branch in Green Cove Springs, FL

Balalaika Duo performance at the public library in Punta Gorda, Florida

Two members of Barynya ensemble performed one hour show at the Punta Gorda Library, 401 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Performers: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocals, guitar), Elina Karokhina (balalaika, dancer, vocals). The program took place on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 1pm.

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian musicians Florida, 2019, Punta Gorda Library, 401 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
All photos from concert at the Punta Gorda Library

CONTACT INFORMATION: EMAIL msmirnov@yahoo.com / PHONE (201) 981-2497


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