Originally from the Saratov Conservatory, the group has traveled throughout Russia gathering and transcribing the native folk music traditions of countless communities. They perform traditional folk songs and dances, accompanied by authentic Russian folk instruments. The group's repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also feature Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, the balalaika, and the domra. The performances provide an energetic and interactive musical experience for listeners of all ages and linguistic backgrounds.
Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters.