Each country has its own unique folk characteristics, mostly which are reflected in music. The desire to show their culture and national traditions with the help of musical instruments has formed into a distinctive genre of "ethno", which immerses in the atmosphere of life of small and large nations. On Tuesday and Thursday, all Stay Home with Russian seasons viewers will enjoy two broadcasts from the recently ended VI St. Petersburg International Ethnic Festival "Music of the World".
On Tuesday, 17 August, the audience will have the opportunity to see the broadcast of the opening concert of the Music of the World festival, held at the Bryantsev Youth Theatre. On that evening, unique groups performed, one of which, Otyken (Krasnoyarsk), created a rousing ethno-show of the Chulymens, a small population of Siberia. The group performs compositions based on the national heritage of the Chulym people and stages performances in the 'primeval performance' style. Together with Otyken will perform the Settlers - a stunningly original folk-jazz band from St. Petersburg, filled with a mixture of fiery dancing, authentic circle dances, jazz groove and hypnotic harmonies. Hurdy Gurdy, a folk-fusion band, completes the musical show. Folks from Siberia are real modern troubadours, mixing Irish with Russian and harp with bass. Hurdy Gurdy prefers musical eclecticism - the songs contain Slavonic, Irish, Eastern motifs in various arrangements. The Moscow Klezmer Band also performs folk music from Jewish villages in combination with Balkanian and Oriental motifs. The band's concert programmes are based on rare old klezmer songs and instrumental compositions. Particularly noteworthy is the group Namgar, which means "white cloud" in Tibetan. Since 2001, the key members of the group, Namgar Lhasaranova and Evgeny Zolotarev, have been performing all over the world, spreading knowledge about the music of the nomads of Southern Siberia, Buryatia and Mongolia. Namgar has a unique voice and mastery of the khomus and the Mongolian national stringed instrument, the yatag.
On Thursday, 19 August, the audience are treated to a continuation of the Music of the World ethnic festival and many new musical discoveries. For example, Dara Yara - an ethno-fusion band, a mixture of powerful Russian folk vocals and ethnic instruments such as balalaika, zhaleika, bansuri, kahon, darbuka and others. The basis of the group's repertoire is unique and authentic material, including that recorded during folklore expeditions by the leader and founder of the group, the ethnomusicologist Dara (Darya Rybakova). the band Juna creates atmospheric indie folk in the Tatar language. The songs are based on the works of Tatar poets from the classics to the contemporaries. A surprise for the audience will be a performance by Balalounge, whose music combines a rustic three-string balalaika and eight-bit music written on an old gameboy in the styles of funk and reggae. Go Kirtan, who also performed that night, seamlessly combined ancient mantras and modern electronic music genres. The group released their debut album "Govinda" and have been actively touring in Russia and abroad. The audience will also be able to see the cult ethno-folklore ensemble HasSak, a project of professional performers on Kazakh national instruments, which has been performing Kazakh traditional music in modern popular arrangements since 2013. The group is actively touring and has won many ethno-music competitions and festivals over the past 8 years.
The St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Musical Arts established the Music of the World Festival in 2016, opening its doors to musicians from all over the world. The concept of the festival is to preserve national traditions while striving to speak to audiences in a contemporary musical language. Ethnic instruments from one of the world's largest collections, held by the Music Museum at Sheremetevsky Palace are provided.
"Our festival allows people to explore their country. The interest in this is enormous: with the help of the pandemic, we have been encouraged to travel around Russia and discover new places that would have remained in the shadows for a long time. Ethnic music allows you to travel to the farthest corners of our homeland, while staying in the concert hall or watching the broadcast. We are proud to carry out such a mission," said Irina Yaroslavtseva, Artistic Director of the Music of the World Festival.