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On the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture

On May 22, at the Russian House in Brussels, the Folk Ensemble “Golden Plyos” will present the program “The Songs of the Spring Calendar”. This program includes traditional songs of the spring period from Maslenitsa to Yegory.

The musicians will also perform a fragment of the Orthodox Easter liturgy and several interesting instrumental pieces in their own arrangement, demonstrating authentic musical instruments.

Folk Music Ensemble “Zolotoj plyos”

was founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia.  Its members are Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev.  All three members of the group graduated from the Saratov State Conservatory and are professional musicians.

Elena and Sergei also graduated from the The “Jef Denyn” Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, the Antwerp Conservatory and the University of Leuven.  They have won prizes at All-Russian and international folk instrument competitions and at the First All-Russian bell competition.  While students in Russia the musicians collected old Russian traditional and folk songs as well as bell music in rural villages and towns.

The group’s repertoire includes traditional songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music.  The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian traditional instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments, and Russian bells.

The ensemble has performed in countries such as Russia, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada and the USA.  “Zolotoj Plyos” has been frequently invited to perform on radio and television shows in Russia, Belgium, and Holland.

At the present time the musicians of “Zolotoj Plyos” live and work in Belgium.

After the concert there will be a vernissage of the art exhibition of our compatriots

“Slavic Kaleidoscope”

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