Barynya: Russian Music Dance and Song
World-renowned folk ensemble Barynya introduces the rich traditions and culture of pre-revolution Russia. Lively songs from Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma Gypsy, Tatar, and Siberian traditions are sung and played on traditional instruments like the garmoshka (button accordion) and stringed balalaika. Vivid costumes, athletic dances, and lighthearted humor enhance this memorable performance.
The level of musicianship and movement was exceptional. We were very pleased and honored that Barynya, through their gifted artistic expression, introduced the previously unfamiliar cultural traditions of Russia to our students.
— The Key School
Established in 1991 by Mikhail Smirnov, the ensemble Barynya performs Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy Roma, and Jewish traditional dancing and music on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika contrabass, guitar and garmoshka. The trio of the ensemble Barynya is typically: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika, vocals, dance), and Gosha(dancer, costumed characters). In addition to numerous school and community performances, 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, and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Artist’s website: www.barynya.com
Single $695/Back-to-Back $895
Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.
Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.