Olga Egorova is a mandolin player from Russia. As most mandolin players in Russia she has studied the domra first and has got a degree in classical music from the music academy in Moscow. After this she began to play the mandolin too and has studied bluegrass, folk and other music for the mandolin. Finally she has discovered the looper as an effectiv device to make her very special music.
With the looper she can develop pieces track by track to produce the sound of a complete ensemble just with a single mandolin. Every now and then she tips onto one of the pedals arranged on the floor (she obviously likes to do this barefoot…) – that looks fascinating and it’s alot of fun to watch her.
But Olga Egorova can also play great music without a looper, like her version of the famous Asturias, the first piece in my playlist below.
Olga Egorova has also composed the music for several children stories that are also available as youtube videos:
In the German version of this article I have added a set of screenshots from youtube videos that shows different facets of Olga Egorova.
Playlist Olga Egorova
Read more “Olga Egorova – Mandolinpower from Russia – With Electric Mandolin, Looper and other Effect Pedals”
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:
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. Read more “IZUMRUD – Great Band with Domra, Balalaika and Accordion from Ekaterinburg (Russia)”