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Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya


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The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian: Барыня), established in the year 1991 in New York City, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) and balalaika contrabass. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York, 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.

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.

PROGRAMS: Ensemble Barynya is offering a few different programs: formal concert for performing art centers, Russian dance and music program for multicultural school assemblies, Russian dance and music workshops, Russian FolkTales and Fairy Tales. Founder of the group Mikhail Smirnov is hosting all performances by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English.

"As producer for the Discovery Channel's series I have had the opportunity to work with many vendors...From caterers to live musicians to ice sculpturing artists. I recently was planning a party with Russian/Dr. Zhivago theme and searching for a traditional Russian dance and music ensemble. Barynya is a wonderfully organized performance group and I would highly recommend them. They won rave reviews from the guests."

Dorey Provencher, Producer
Bill Geddie Productions Inc.
New York, NY

"We were more than satisfied. The clients were very impressed. Everything ran smoothly and your performers were most professional. They even got on stage after the performance and did an impromptu bit of dancing to some of our music. It was a blast!"

Gregory Derham, Creative Managing Director
House of Siren, Hong Kong