Seattle, Washington. Russian Balalaika trio. Dancing, music, songs. Multicultural School Assembly

Russian dance, song, and music trio performed 45 min program in Seattle, Washington. The Multicultural School Assembly took place on Monday, April 29, 2013 (8:30am) at the Pathfinder School, 1901 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98106.
 
Russian ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, artistic director and founder of the group Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) led the performance. The program of the show included Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Siberian folk songs, traditional and ballet dances, performances on musical instruments such as balalaika (Russian traditional string instrument), garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), guitar, treshotki, vertushka, lozhki. Mikhail was hosting 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.
 
Balalaika virtuoso 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 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.
 
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.

CONTACT INFORMATION: EMAIL mikhail@barynya.com / PHONE (201) 981-2497

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Mikhail Smirnov
Mikhail Smirnov

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, dancer Elena
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, dancer Elena

Concert at the Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA, December 5th, 2019

On Thursday, December 5th, 2019 Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov performed one hour free public concert at the Community Room of the Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. The Duo presented a program called "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - SONG, MUSIC, AND DANCES OF OLD RUSSIA". Performance included Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Jewish, and Russuan Roma Gypsy songs, music, and dances. All instrumental numbers were performed on the traditional Russian instruments balalaika and garmoshka. Music selections included Sabre Dance from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, "Moscow Nights", "Kalinka", "Long Road", "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk dance "Kamarinskaya", "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie, "The Moon Is Shining Brightly", "The Peddlers", "Yablocko", "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", "Dark Eyes", "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Valenki" (Felt Boots), and other selections. After the show Mikhail and Elina took some photos with kids and adults who attended the program.

Washington State, Russian musicians, dancers, singers, balalaika, garmoshka, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684
Free public concert at the Cascade Park Community Library

Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA, Saturday, December 7th, 2019

On Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 10:30am Elina Karokhina (balalaika virtuoso, dancer), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocal, guitar, garmoshka, costumed characters) performed one hour concert at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371. The Duo presented a program called "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - SONG, MUSIC, AND DANCES OF OLD RUSSIA". Performance 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" (), "Kalinka" (), "Long Road" ( ), "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk song and dance "Kamarinskaya" (), "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie ( ), "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" ( ), "The Peddlers" (), "Yablocko", "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", Russian Jewish Wedding Dance ( ), "Dark Eyes" ( ר), "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Valenki" (Felt Boots), Ukrainian folk song and dance "You Tricked Me" (), Russian Tongue Twister song ظ , , "Sabre Dance" from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian (), "Csardas" by Vittorio Monti (), , , , , ( ), and other selections.

Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington State, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA  98371
all photos from Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA, Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Russian DJ, MC, Tamada, corporate event in Washington, Seattle

Russian DJ, MC-Tamada Mikhail and DJ Elina provided music and entertainment for mixed Russian-American corporate event on Friday, December 6th 2019 at the Willows Lodge, 14580 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072. Program of entertainment included lottery raffle and toasts. The music selections included Russian and American dance hits from 80-th, 90-th, 2000 and current.

Russian American DJ, MC, Tamada, Seattle, Washington, Russian-American corporate event, Willows Lodge, Woodinville, WA
Russian-American corporate event, Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington

CONTACT INFORMATION: EMAIL mikhail@barynya.com / PHONE (201) 981-2497

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CONTACT INFORMATION: EMAIL mikhail@barynya.com / PHONE (201) 981-2497

 
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