On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Brasstown Concert Association continues its exploration of music “From the Black Sea and Beyond” when Troika Balalaikas performs at the John C. Campbell Folk School. From the Steppes to the Caucasus, from the Kremlin to the Crimea, Troika Balalaikas brings audiences folk music from the vastness of Russia.
The five member ensemble performs on balalaikas (a threestringed triangular instrument) and domras (a round-bodied stringed instrument) ranging from small to enormous. An assortment of authentic percussion, bayan (accordion) and indigenous wind instruments complete the sound of this time-honored music. Singing in Russian and Ukrainian, and wearing gorgeous traditional costumes, the ensemble creates a sense of Old World history of the Russian people.
First formed in San Francisco in 1976, Troika Balalaikas has made many successful tours of the U.S. and Canada, recorded three albums, and mesmerized audiences of all ages with its distinctively Russian sound. Equally at home with melancholy love songs and the infectious energy of rousing dances, the ensemble captures the excitement of Russian folk melodies and rhythms. Their performance at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., was hailed as “a splendid evening filled with Russian musical high adventure.”