#worldgeochat Playlist - 2.2.2016

Topic: Russia

In 2000 I made my first trip to Russia and performed with musicians in the town of Nakhodka in the Far East. That visit turned into a position at the local music college teaching improvisation and Jazz theory. 

After the school year ended, I took the Trans-Siberian Railroad to perform at some festivals and ultimately to Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

For tonight's #worldgeochat I assembled a diverse cultural look at Russia through the music that exists within the borders of the Russian Federation. 

Here's a link to the full chat on Storify. 




Popular Soviet era song: MOSCOW NIGHTS.

Composer: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy Василий Павлович Соловьев-Седой. Poet : Mikhail Matusovsk - Михаил Львович Матусовский. Vocalist: Anna Netrebko (soprano) Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing", conductor Lev Kontorovich State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, conductor Constantine Orbelian RED SQUARE CONCERT, 19.06.2013 Το 1955 ο συνθέτης Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy και ο ποιητής Mikhail Matusovsky γράφουν ένα τραγούδι για τις νύχτες τού Λένινγκραντ.


The most popular Russian folk song: Kalinka.

Instrument: Balalaika (the triangle shaped string instrument)


Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (Artistic Director Mikhail Smirnov) performes Kalinka. MUSICIANS AND SINGERS: Alexander Menshikov (vocal, tambourine), Alex Siniavski (Gypsy guitar), Gennady Gutkin (bayan), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocal), Sergey Ryabtsev (violin), Vasily Romani (Russian Gypsy 7-stringed guitar).


Throat singing: Tuvan People's Republic, Russia.

Artist: Huun Hur-Tu 

TUVA, RUSSIA: Huun-Huur-Tu


Music from the Crimean Tartars.

Being a crossroad, Crimea has such an interesting and diverse cultural history. 



Yakutia Republic in Northeast Russia

 Savvina Anna playing the khomus (Jews Harp).  



Savvina Anna is nominated for Listener's Choice Award on competition "Khomus Kuo" in Jakutsk in 2009. Саввина Анна получила приз зрительских симпатий на конкурсе "Хомус Куо 2009" в Якутске.


The Avar people of the Northern Caucasus Mtns. 

Dagestan on the Souther Russian Border. 

Artist : Rasul Omarov

Avar (Dagestan) Music, with Pandur İnstrument.


The story tellers of Russia: The Bards.

Vladimir Vysotsky - Moskva-Odessa


Rachmaninoff, Symphony #2

Last of the Russian romantic composers.