About Russian Duo
Oleg is a balalaika virtuoso from Siberia. Terry is an American concert pianist. Together we tour across North America presenting participatory concerts and workshops demonstrating collaboration, cross-cultural concepts, and offering joyous musical involvement. As our world becomes more global, we believe it is vital to demonstrate the importance of international collaboration on a cultural level to our younger generation. In our concert Cross-Cultural Collaboration we share historical and cultural perspectives with our audience. The children hear different styles of music performed on balalaika and piano. They participate with us by singing, playing Russian percussion, and one of them will even get to be the conductor. In our workshop Troika we teach the dance “Troika” emphasizing teamwork. Oleg plays balalaika and shows students how to accompany the dance with Russian percussion. The dance evokes the era in Russia when troikas were used as mail relay system. We compare and contrast communication then and now.