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Mikhail Smirnov

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Interested in the folk music of Eastern Europe? Like the ever
changing musical moods of the beautiful balalaika and its companion,
the domra? Then come join us ... the Balalaika and Domra Association
of America ... the BDAA.

Conventions – Come to a convention and have a vacation of a lifetime!
Learn to play the balalaika or the domra or just come and sample the
music and culture. There's plenty to do for musicians and non-
musicians alike. You'll have a blast! The same day you leave the
convention, you will begin counting the days until the next one.

Workshops – From advanced balalaika technique to the art of making
Russian zakuski, there are workshops for everyone. Study advanced
domra with master instructors, or learn to play Russian spoons! Take
recreational folk dance workshops and learn the dances you'll dance at
the parties. Pick up a zhaleikas and become a Russian wind player!
Past workshops have included costume making, children's workshop,
Russian chorus, jamming, Russian character dance, tamburitza and much

Concerts – Listen to or perform in the BDAA Festival concerts
featuring virtuosi of the balalaika and domra and world-renowned
conductors. Daily rehearsals bring together amateur and professional
musicians from around the world. Music is arranged for various levels
of proficiency.

Parties – BDAA parties are non-stop jam sessions that last into wee
hours, with lots of music for Russian and Eastern folk dancing. Try
out your favorite tune, or magic trick at Open Mike Night, attend
concerts by guest artists and enjoy a feast of Russian hors d'oeuvres
at Zakuski Night! Waltz or sing the night away!

Tours – The BDAA will inform you about tours, which we occasionally
sponsor, to international balalaika festivals. There you will meet
people and orchestras from all over the world. You will visit
exciting places that you probably never would see on your own. In the
past the BDAA has traveled to Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Sweden
and Norway.

BDAA Newsletter – Get the quarterly BDAA Newsletter! It will keep you
updated about what's happening in the balalaika world – in the United
States as well as abroad. The Newsletter is packed with information
about instruments and personalities of Russian folk music, concert
news, where to get instruments and music, and about opportunities to
join Russian folk music festivals and study tours.

You can join the BDAA by sending $25 for a single membership, $30 for
a family membership (two members sharing one Newsletter subscription
at one address). Send you check (payable to BDAA) along with the
following on a piece of paper: Name, Address, Phone, and e-mail
address to: BDAA Membership, Victor Gorodinsky, 2801 Warner Street,
Madison, WI 53713-2160. You may also apply for membership on our
website, The BDAA is a 501©(3) non-profit volunteer
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