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Victor Solomin – Domra – Sonatas and Partitas for…

Victor Solomin is a domra player from Kiew in the Ukraine. He likes to play Jazz and music by Sting on his domra, but he also plays the works by Johann Sebastian Bach. I have compiled a playlist with recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach played by Victor Solomin on the domra.

The playlist starts with some recordings of the Sonata No. 1 and the Partita No. 1 from the year 2000, followed by some live recordings from a concert given in 2007 in Kiew. This includes a recording of the famous Chaconne.

Enjoy the works by Bach and Victor Solomin!

Playlist Victor Solomin – Sonata Nr. 1 / Partita No. 1 by J. S. Bach for Violin solo

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Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory – Piazzolla,…

I have recently discovered the domra and guitar duet 9 String Theory from Atlanta, USA. They have just gievn an interview to present their next concert. It is available on the website of WABE

9 String Theory is not just a catchy name but also a straightforward calculation. It’s a musical duo featuring Angelina Galashenkova on the domra, which has three strings, and John Huston on classical guitar, which has six strings.

domra and guitar duo
9 String Theory

Playlist 9 String Theory – Domra and Classical Guitar


  • Romanian Folk Dances (Bela Bartok)
  • Sonata (Nicolo Paganini)
  • Libertango, Cafe, Bordello 1900 (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Aria (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  • Liebesfreud (G. Kreisler)
  • Czardasz
  • Sonata (Scarlatti)

Enjoy the Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory!

Additional Information

“The highest open string on the guitar is the lowest note on the domra,” Huston said. “It lends itself as an expanded guitar or the guitar a very deep and harmonized domra.”

Galashenkova and Huston released a self-titled CD, which features tradition Russian folk songs, Manuel de Falla, George Gershwin, Béla Bartók and several pieces by Astor Piazzolla.



IZUMRUD – Great Band with Domra, Balalaika and Accordion…

The Group IZUMRUD from Ekaterinburg in Russia is one of the most progressive band playing Russian folk instruments like domra, balalaika or the accordion bayan today.

In 2012 the band played at the Picknick Jazz Festival in Tomsk. Several pieces played at this festival are available in a long youtube video that includes interviews (in Russian language) with the band members. The second part of this video shows the performance of the American singer Mary McBride who had been invited for several concerts in Russia in 2012.

The members of IZUMRUD  are:

  • Michail Sidorov – balalaika, artistic leader
  • Nadezhda Zhikhareva – domra
  • Svetlana Solovey – domra
  • Rinat Yakupov – accordion
  • Konstantin Prokoshin – counter-bass
  • Evgeni Khantchin – percussion
  • Edward Smolenskiy-sound engineer

группа ИЗУМРУД (IZUMRUD) г. Екатеринбург

izumRUd from Ekaterinburg – concert at the Picknick Jazz Festival in Tomsk.

The videos of the past years show the many faces of Izumrud. At the jazz festival they played a more powerful style, with heavy drums and an electric bass balalaika. The group has performed together with other rock- and jazz-bands. Together with the singer Veronika Bulycheva IZUMRUD has recorded the music for the documentary “Voyage de l’Oural à Paris”. For some performances actors or dancers have been integrated in the performance. But also the band members themselves are taking part in the dance performaces, especially for the encores.

In 2011 Izumrud played a concert in Spain. The complete concert has been filmed and is available at youtube (12 videos). I have included those videos into my playlist.

IZUMRUD in Spanien (2011)

The piece with the title “Western” reminds me of the famous song “House of the rising sun”.

A piece with a great dance performance:

Czardas byMonti

Another great performance – the Czardas by Monti played on the xylophone. At the end of the performance the percussionist plays the piece again with covered eyes and a covered xylophone.

A special program about the Prince Igor (probably based on the opera by Alexander Borodin) is available in the following video – even if you do not understand the story it’s interesting to watch the show:

группа Изумруд (group Izumrud) – Князь Игорь.mpg

Another of my favorite pieces is Deja Vu, performed with a group of dancers in the following video:

izumrud – дежа-вю – Deja Vu

Playlist Group izumRUd


Additional Information

Album Download (you can listen to the complete album): Veronika Bulycheva & the Izumrud ensemble – Voyage de l’Oural à Paris (SKMR-095)


Singer/Songwriter Mary McBride Tours Russia as Guest of U.S. Embassy: http://thehdi.org/cultural_diplomacy/mary_mcbride_2011.html

The following day, the group flew to Tomsk, one of the oldest towns in western Siberiam, watch the video. There, they headlined the Jazz Picnic Festival, located along the Tom River, and performed for an all-ages audience of more than 1,000 people, who were on their feet dancing on the bank of the river throughout McBride’s two-hour concert.

Press-Release by izumRUd:


In the past few years, the group has earned a reputation as one of Russia’s major musical innovators. “The world around us – is a music book, on the pages of which we’re writing the musical reality” – the group members say. All of them are fearless innovators, ready to embark on any adventure to find a new sound, and do not stop short of any musical conventions.

IZUMRUD group managed to do what seemed to be impossible – to change the general public’s perception of Russian folk instruments. Its music is an aesthetic blend of classic, ethnic, jazz, blues and art rock styles. The group’s repertoire includes both original songs as well as covers of masterpieces of world music of different epochs, styles and genres.
The popularity of the group is largely explained by the fact that their sophisticated and powerful arrangements of the different era’s musical hits give this music a fresh, contemporary sound. Being great fans of classical music, the IZUMRUD band performs it in a new way with its own interpretation, its unique view on it. The musicians are confident that classical music remains forever young. They reject to see it as something fixed in centuries. They are interested in a dialog with the composers of the past and their masterpieces. They discover what’s contemporary in them and close to their perception of the world.

The musicians performed solo programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Budapest, San Sebastian, and Genoa, and participated in various musical festivals around Europe. In 2006 IZUMRUD founded an International Festival of World Music “The Emerald City.” The Festival is held annually as a creative laboratory for musicians from all over the world. The group has created many fascinating joint projects during the Festival, including “The Emerald Blues” – with a student of Louis Armstrong Denise Perrier (US), “A Freezing Cowboy” – with a 7- time “Grammy” awardee, saxophonist Paul Winter (US), “Bon Jour” – a program with «Mezcal Jazz Unit” (France). Another highlight of the group’s career was their cooperation with the famous Russian rock band CHAIF that resulted in a joint album “The Emerald Hits”, as well as concerts in the Red Square & Olympic Hall in Moscow and at the October Concert Hall in St. Petersburg.

“…The IZUMRUD musicians create unique, original compositions with their unusual instruments. It was very interesting to work with them.” – Paul Winter

“I never expected to hear this amazing sound of American jazz performed on Russian folk instruments. I could not believe my ears…! » – Denis Perrier


The Red Sarafan – Dimitry Kalinin – Balalaika Virtuoso…

The Red Sarafan is a well known Russian song that I have found a long time ago in the mandolin method by Ernesto Köhler published in 1887 by the Zimmermann publishing company.

I have looked through this method recently and thought that I should watch some videos of this song. So I found this video with a great version played by the balalaika virtuoso Dimitry Kalinin and the Academic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments of the Russian State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company.

A. Varlamov. – The Red Sarafan

Dmitry Kalinin, balalaika. The Academic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments of the Russian State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company.

From Dimitry Kalinins homepage:

Dmitry Kalinin, was born in Moscow in 1978. He began to play the balalaika at the age of 7 and now he is one of the most recognized professional balalaika performers in Russia.

Dimitry Kalinin has played the music for many films, he composes and is a conductor for several orchestras. You can find many videos of his activities in his youtube channel. In those videos you can hear typical Russian music, but also arrangements of western music like music by George Gershwin or performaces with a Japanes player of the Shamisen.

One interesting video shows Dimitry Kalinin with his Balalaika quartet playing Smoke on the Water:

Smoke on the water – Deep Purple

Dmitry Kalinin`s Balalaika quartet.

Homepage Dimitry Kalinin: http://dmitrykalinin.com/

youtube channel Dimitry Kalinin: http://www.youtube.com/user/dmitrykalinin

Another interesting version of The Red Sarafan, played by the Meteor Quartet, with two domras, a bass balalaika and a bayan (accordeon):

Meteor – eine russische Legende 08

To end with here I have a very special version of  The Red Sarafan taken from an old 78 record – this version is played by three singing saws:

Der rote Sarafan – Russisches Volkslied

Telefunken – M 6021 (19823)
Der rote Sarafan (The red Sarafan)
Played on singing saw by Dr. Otto Frederich and his ensemble.

Composition by Nikolaj Grigorjewitsch Ziganof (1797-1831) and Alexander Warlamoff (1801-1848)

A Sarafan (Russian: сарафан, from Persian sеrāрā) is a traditional Russian long, shapeless jumper dress (pinafore) worn as Russian folk costume by women and girls.

It was the dress worn by peasant girls and women in the central and northern part of Russia until the 20th century. Russian women from the upper and middle classes stopped wearing traditional Russian costume, apart from the kokoshniks as part a court dress in the 18th century, during Peter the Great’s modernization of Russia (although the clothing style of Russian aristocrats differed greatly from those of commoners). It is now worn as folk costume for performing Russian folk songs and folk dancing.

I have just prepared a scan of the mandolin method by Ernesto Köhler and added it to my homepage as a free download from this page: