Students Invited to Experience Traditional Russian Sounds

September 16, 2008  

Sergey Vashchenko and Vladmir Kaliazine of the Russian folk music group, Kalinka, performed Wednesday at the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center.  The performance was part of the Meadows School Brown Bag World Music Series. (PHOTO BY KAMILLE CARLISLE / The Daily Mustang)

Sergey Vashchenko and Vladmir Kaliazine of the Russian folk music group, Kalinka, performed Wednesday at the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center. The performance was part of the Meadows School Brown Bag World Music Series. (PHOTO BY KAMILLE CARLISLE / The Daily Mustang)


By Kamille Carlisle
kcarlisl@smu.edu

Kalinka, a Russian folk music duo, performed Wednesday as a part of the Meadows School Brown Bag World Music Series: Expanding Your Horizons.

The traditional Russian group includes Sergey Vashchenko, who plays a balalaika, a small ukulele-type instrument, and Vladmir Kaliazine on the bayan, which is a type of button accordion.

“These are top quality, world class performers,” Jamal Mohamed of the Meadows Department said. Mohamed, responsible for choosing and booking the musicians, said he tries to focus on traditional styles of music that many SMU students have probably not been exposed to.

“So much of western classical music has evolved from this source,” Mohamed said of the type of sound Kalinka performs. “These musical roots are important.”

Mohamed said that SMU is fortunate to have such esteemed musical artists play on campus. The members of Kalinka have been playing professionally for 35 years, touring internationally. The duo has recorded several CDs, the latest of which was nominated for the “Best Traditional World Music Album” Grammy Award.

“It would be great to get more students involved in these events,” Mohamed said. “It’s good music, good to watch, and something that’s really unique.”

Students, as well as the public, will have the opportunity to see Kalinka for free on Wednesday. The performance will begin at noon in the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center.

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