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.
The most popular Russian folk song: Kalinka.
Instrument: Balalaika (the triangle shaped string instrument)
Throat singing: Tuvan People's Republic, Russia.
Artist: Huun Hur-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).
The Avar people of the Northern Caucasus Mtns.
Dagestan on the Souther Russian Border.
The story tellers of Russia: The Bards.
Rachmaninoff, Symphony #2
Last of the Russian romantic composers.