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Russian Gypsy Cossack Balalaika Trio is available for hire in New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), Connecticut (CT), and other states. The trio is led by Elina Karokhina, well-known balalaika virtuoso in Russia and the United States of America. Leonid Bruk, the founder of the trio, plays the balalaika-contrabass, the biggest balalaika in size. Mikhail Smirnov plays the garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), guitar and sings. The trio often performs with singer Irina Zagornova, and Russian dancers of Barynya.

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Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497.

"Valenki" (Felt Boots) - "Валенки" VIDEO


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Barynya Russian Balalaika Trio on TV

Barynya Balalaika Trio: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals). Recorded and produced by EstradaProduction. All photos and videos from this event are available at the website www.Russian365.com.


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"Semyonovna", "Shostakovich's Waltz 2", "Mozart's Turkish Rondo", performance at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America convention 2015, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio


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Balalaika and Domra Association of America conference 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana

Russian Balalaika music and song trio Barynya performed 45 min program during the BDAA conference 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Courtyard Bloomington, 310 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403.

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhaina, Mikhail Smirnov, Balalaika & Domra Association of America conference 2016, Courtyard Bloomington, Indiana
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Balalaika and Domra Association of America convention 2015 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH


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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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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition "Faberge Revealed", Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013.

Photo from concert at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) during exhibition "Faberge Revealed" in Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013. 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.

January 8, 2012, Association of Performing Arts Presenters-2012, New York City
"Amazing Balalaikas" World Music Medley


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"Balalaika Music Medley", Erie, PA, May 29th, 2011. "Troika" Festival.


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PHOTOS

Los Angelos, California
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Barynya Balalaika Trio
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Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9th, 2012

NY Balalaika Trio, Elina Karokhina, Boulat Moukhametov, Mikhail Smirnov, Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9th, 2012
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Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April4th, 2011

Petroushka Ball, February 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-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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Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 2010 Ball “An Evening Under the Tsars”,
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH

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"

"Kamarinskaia" - "Камаринская"


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Somewhere My Love Lara's theme from "Dr. Zhivago" motion picture


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Gypsy Fantasy, July 2010, Minneapolis, MN - video


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Video - Scottish Rite Auditorium, Williamsport, PA, april, 2010

"Doctor Zhivago"

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"Kamarinskaya"

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2010 - videos

Videos were recorded during the "Gypsy Night" and "Open Microphone Night" at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America conference-2010. The conference took place at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 2010. Performers: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), singer Alexander Menshikov, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka, vocals). Camera - Sergey Rogozin, video editing Leonid Bruk.

List of songs performed on video below
"Two guitars" (continue) - singer Misha Smirnov
"Kai Yone" - singer Sasha Menshikov
"Yablochko - Small Apple" - Lyonya Bruk, Lina Karokhina
"Prikhayape" - singer Sasha Menshikov
"Sing it once, sing it twice" - Misha and Sasha
"Hava Nagila, 7:40, Felt Boots" - solo Lina Karokhina

BDAA-2 Gypsy Nights Barynya Minneapolis,MN from Barynya on Vimeo.

List of songs performed on video below
"Hava Nagila, 7:40, Felt Boots" (finale) - solo Lina Karokhina
"Mato" - singer Sasha Menshikov
"Faceted Glasses" - singer Sasha Menshikov


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List of songs performed on video below
"Ne Budite" ("Small Sun" - "Солнышко") - Gypsy Roma
"Dari-Dari" ("Весёлой шумной толпою") - singer Sasha Menshikov
"Dark Eyes" ("Очи Черные") - singer Sasha Menshikov
"Long Road" ("Дорогой длинною") - singer Sasha Menshikov


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List of songs performed on video below
"Russian Tongue-Twisters" - solo Mikhail Smirnov
"Caprice #24" by Paganini - solo Elina Karokhina
"Shnitke's Fuga" - solo Leonid Bruk
"Along The Piterskaya" ("Вдоль по Питерской") - singer Sasha Menshikov and trio

BDAA-5 Barynya in Minneapolis,MN from Barynya on Vimeo.

List of songs performed on video below
"Styopa The Drunk" (with Judy Sherman's "Big Rock Balalaikas" from Los Angeles, CA)
"Burn, Burn, Gypsy Love" (with Judy Sherman's "Big Rock Balalaikas")
"Gypsy Fantasy" (arr. Shalov) - solo Lina Karokhina
"Somewhat sad, let's play the guitar" - singer Sasha Menshikov
"Two guitars" - singer Misha Smirnov

BDAA-1 Gypsy Night Barynya Minneapolis, MN from Barynya on Vimeo.

Story of Brooklyn Balalaikas Trio

New York Balalaika Folk Music Trio BROOKLYN BALALAIKAS Russian was founded in Brooklyn, New York by acclaimed contrabass-balalaika player Leonid Bruk in 2000. Long rehearsals took place in cold garage of Leonid's house in Bay Ridge. Many Russian residents of Brooklyn still can remember the excitement of Brooklyn Balalaikas first performance in Kings Plaza Macy's store. Russian "rubashkas" and "kosovorotkas" (outfits) were made for ensemble members by Leonid Bruk's wife, talented Russian folk singer Irina Zagornova. Brooklyn Balalaikas trio musicians Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) and Leonid Bruk are also performing sometimes as part of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya from New York.

"Brooklyn Balalaikas" Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov and Leonid Bruk videos

The Moon is Shining
Alex Siniavski (balalaika solo) - "The Moon is Shining"

Lara's Theme
Alex Siniavski (balalaika solo) - "Lara's Theme"

Chardash
Alex Siniavski (balalaika solo) - "Chardash"

Korobushka
Mikhail Smirnov - "Korobushka"

with singers Sasha Menshikov and Victoria Pichurova

Glasses
Mikhail Smirnov - "Two Guitars"

with dancers Andrij Cybyk and Natalia Ejova

Glasses
Ukraininan folk dance "Hopak"

with dancers Andrij Cybyk, Stefan Kuziw,
Natalia Ejova and Valentina Kvasova
A. Menshikov - tambourine

Gop So Smykom
Mikhail Smirnov - "Gop So Smykom"

Alexander Menshikov (tambourine)

Victoria Pichurova
"Tri Linii"

with singer Victoria Pichurova
Alexander Menshikov - tambourine

Dark Eyes
"Dark Eyes"

with singer Alexander Menshikov

Kai One
"Kai One"

with singer Alexander Menshikov and Victoria Pichurova

Glasses
"Stakanchiki"

with singer Alexander Menshikov

Katyusha
"Katyusha" - popular Russian song from peroid of WWII

with singers Victoria Pichurova and Alexander Menshikov

BROOKLYN BALALAIKAS PHOTOS

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at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic FestivalRussian folk music trio "Brooklyn Balalaikas" 
at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic FestivalRussian folk music trio "Brooklyn Balalaikas" 
at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic FestivalRussian folk music trio "Brooklyn 
Balalaikas" at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic FestivalRussian folk music trio "Brooklyn 
Balalaikas" at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic FestivalRussian folk music trio "Brooklyn 
Balalaikas" at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic FestivalRussian folk music trio "Brooklyn Balalaikas" 
at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Mosaic Festival
Pictures from trio "Brooklyn Balalaikas" performance at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, 2005

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".

RUSSIAN FOLK TUNE "THE MOON IS SHINING" VIDEO

russian folk tuneRussian folk tune "Svetit Mesyats" (The moon is shining brightly) recorded on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at the Beck Center for the Arts. 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio performed by Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar) 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.

СВЕТИТ МЕСЯЦ

Светит месяц, светит ясный
Светит белая заря.
Осветила путь дорожку
Мне до Сашина двора
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
Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Waltz Daydreams composed by Vasily Vasilievich Andreev
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Waltz Daydreams
This waltz composed by "father" of Russian balalaika Vasily Vasilievich Andreev (born 186l). Solo by balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov-guitar, Leonid Bruk-balalaika-bass.
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Russian balalaika Trio Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk
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I met you - Popular Rusian romance, lyrics by Fedor Tyutchev, music of unknown author.
Solo by balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski
Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-bass)

Akh, Ty Beruoza Russian folk tune "Oh, You, Birch-Tree"
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"Akh, Ty Beryoza"
Russian folk tune "Oh, You, Birch-Tree"
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Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Russian Traditional Song "Valenki".  Solo Natalia Smirnov
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Valenki ("Felt Boots")
Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Traditional Song "Valenki". Solo Natalia Smirnov
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Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Russian Traditional Song "Valenki".  Solo Natalia Smirnov
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Russian Folk Music Trio "Brooklyn Balalaikas" has extended repertoire of Russian, Ukranian, Gypsy and international folk and popular music. References, audio and video samples are available upon request. Professional quality own sound system.

Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski arrived in the United States in 1992 from St.Petersburg, Russia. He was a leading member of The Andreev State symphonic balalaika orchestra, one of the most prestigious in former USSR. Alex Siniavski graduated with honors from the Leningrad State Musical Conservatory. He is also master of trombone and euphonium.

Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski
Alex Siniavski
Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski is playing Russian folk tune The Moon is Shining Brightly
Alex Siniavski

New York based Balalaika-contrabass player Leonid Bruk was born in Leningrad, Russia. He graduated from music school as a bass guitarist and performed with many different groups. Since 1989 when he arrived to USA, Leonid was deeply attracted to the bass-balalaika. He has played with variuos folk groups and soon become known expert in Russian folk music. His specialty is playing balalaika-bass and balalaika-contrabass.

Russian folk song VALENKI (Felt Boots)
with singer Natasha
Balalaika Trio playing Russian folk tune The Moon is Shining Brightly
Balalaika trio

Russian folk performer, singer and musician Mikhail Smirnov has over fifteen years of experience in traditional Russian folk singing and music,he plays garmoshka and guitar. Before graduation Misha (Mikhail) was a soloist/choirmaster at vocal semi-professional group "Moskovia" (director Valery Nesterov). After graduating from Moscow State Academy of Arts Mikhail Smirnov was performing with Russian folk Theatre "Matanya" and Moscow State Folk Center "Russkaya Pesnya" (Russian Song, director Nadezhda Babkina).
Mikhail Smirnov
misha smirnov

CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497.

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