AMERICAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Part of "American Seasons in Russia"

Under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission



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CEC ArtsLink
, in collaboration with the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, brings to Russia American performing groups that have made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. With support from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the exciting concert series Festival of Traditional American Music as part of the "American Seasons in Russia" program will present a view of American cultural life that makes a distinct statement about the diversity of our artists and the vitality of our communities. The performers are true masters of their genres, dedicated to sharing their knowledge and ensuring endurance of these art forms for generations to come.

The U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) was created in 2009 by Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev to increase cooperation between the U.S. and Russia. It marks a fresh start in relations between the two countries to contribute to future progress and shared prosperity. “American Seasons in Russia” is a year-long celebration of American arts and culture in Russia supported by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow under the auspices of the BPC. It is designed to bring a wide spectrum of cultural offerings to the Russian public in order to introduce them to contemporary artists from the United States to showcase the breadth and depth of American culture.

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Performers:

Christine Balfa & Balfa Toujours Trio
Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle ambassador Dewey Balfa, the group has taken generations of inspiration and created a vibrant sound all their own. Balfa Toujours cross many boundaries and perform in a wide array of styles, from rocking dancehalls to crowded festivals to informative concerts, without ever losing the “joie de vivre” that epitomizes their culture. It is for this ability to unite it all and keep the soul intact that the preeminent expert on Louisiana culture, Barry Ancelet, calls the band “the future of Cajun Music.”
(image source: Folklore Productions)

Brotherhood Singers
Based out of Covington, KY the Brotherhood Singers are among the very few remaining Quartet style groups that still perform in the old-school acappella fashion. The Singers, which consist of Eric Riley, Ric Jennings, Greg Page, Stace Darden & Demetrius Davenport, specialize in the intricate and emotional four-part harmony "jubilee" style pioneered by such legendary groups as the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Golden Gate Quartet, the Soul Stirrers and the Harptones of Cincinnati.


Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amis
This group plays renditions of early Creole music, as played by legends Canray Fontenot on fiddle and Jeffery’s father, accordion player Delton Broussard, as well as Zydeco. One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard continues to be one of the genre’s most dynamic performers. He has continually been an innovator, beginning his career with traditional Creole Zydeco music playing drums in his father’s band, Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys, then moving on to develop the nouveau Zydeco sound in Zydeco Force, now returning to the more traditional Zydeco sound with his own band, Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amins.


R. Carlos Nakai Trio
R. Carlos Nakai is considered the premier performer of the Native American flute. The son of a Ute-Spanish-Celtic father and a Zuni-Athabascan mother, Nakai has traveled the world, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, taught on the Navajo reservation, authored a book, and developed the first recognized tablature for the Native American flute.  The Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman trio has been committed to improvisation – the fine art of crafting directly from the heart or through composing. The ancient melodies of Nakai’s native American cedar flutes are enveloped in the sophisticated harmonic and chordal timbres of Eaton’s uniquely handcrafted multi-stringed instruments. (image source: Native American Encyclopedia)


Wylie & the Wild West
A true cowhand who owns a working ranch in the Big Sky country of eastern Washington, Wylie Gustafson happens to be one of the most expressive Country and Western vocalists around. Wylie and his crack Wild West band are just as authentic when it comes to music. Gustafson's songs, most of them originals, are worlds away from the sensitive ballads and slick country-pop that fills country radio these days. Buoyantly upbeat, he concentrates on yippee-ki-yo-ki-ya Western barroom music.  

Wylie & the Wild West will be joined on stage by Paul Zarzyski, who calls himself a Rodeo Poet, a title earned from, and informed by, the 35 years he’s spent spurrin’ the words wild across fenceless/open range of the blank page15 of those years in which he rode bareback broncos on various rodeo circuits including the PRCA.

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Schedule:

Christine Balfa and Balfour Toujours (Cajun)
Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amins (Zydeco)
February 29 – March 10
March 3 St. Petersburg, Jazz Philharmonia
March 5 Nizhny Tagil, Dom Kulturi
March 6 Yekaterinburg, State Music Theater
March 7 Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Philarmonia
March 9 Moscow, DOM Cultural Center

Wiley and the Wild West (Cowboy)

March 21 – March 31
March 24 St. Petersburg, Jazz Philharmonia
March 26 Arkhanglsk, Club Koleso
March 28 Kazan , Club Maximilian’s
March 30 Nizhny Novgorod, National Center for Contemporary Art

Brotherhood Singers (Gospel/R&B)
April 9 – 19
April 12 St. Petersburg, Jazz Philharmonia
April 14 Kaliningrad, Kalingrad Regional Philarmonia,
April 15 Kirov
April 18 Nizhny Novgorod, National Center for Contemporary Art

R. Carlos Nakai Trio (Native America/New Age/Jazz)
April 19 – April 30
April 22 St. Petersburg, Jazz Philharmonia
April 24 Yekaterinburg, Emerald City World Music Festival, Musical Theater
April 26 Yaroslavl, Jazz Center
April 28 Moscow, International House of Music

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Press

May 18, 2012: Native American Music News
Will Clipman shares his impressions of playing in the R. Carlos Nakai Trio during the Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia.

April 15, 2012: TV 100 (In Russian)
The Brotherhood Singers and the Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia featured on TV 100's ART TV - Cultural Review segment.

April 14, 2012: New Kaliningrad (In Russian)
The Brotherhood Singers take Kaliningrad, Russia by storm as part of the Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia. Wonderful photos included in this article.

April 5, 2012: Great Falls Tribune
Great Falls Tribune follows up with Wylie & the Wild West after their tour of Russia as part of the Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia.

March 29, 2012: Moscow Times
Moscow Times reports on Wylie & the Wild West's concert at Spaso House, home of US Ambassador Michael McFoul, in Moscow as part of the Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia.

March 16, 2012: Great Falls Tribune
"Montanans in Russia are ambassadors for cowboy culture" - Wylie & the Wild West head to Russia for the Festival of Traditional American Music.

March 2012: Russian Press Coverage of the Festival of Traditional American Music
An impressive collection of press clippings for the Festival of Traditional American Music from publications such as the St. Petersberg Times, Argumenty i Fakti, St. Petersburg in Your Pocket, Radio Hermitage and many more. (most clippings in Russian)

March 13, 2012: Time Out Peterburg (In Russian)
Festival of Traditional American Music, presented by CEC ArtsLink as part of American Seasons in Russia, featured in Time Out Peterburg. Profiles of Wylie & the Wild West, The Brotherhood Singers and R. Carlos Nakai Trio.

March 13, 2012: Russia Profile.org
A report from Moscow on Balfa Toujours and Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amis and the last concert on their tour through Russia for the Festival of Traditional American Music, as part of American Seasons in Russia.

March 10, 2012: Center TV (In Russian)
Balfa Toujours and Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amis play Cajun and Zydeco music in Moscow, Russia. Both groups featured on Center TV news.

March 7, 2012: St. Petersburg Times
Balfa Toujours and Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amis play Cajun and Zydeco music for a sold out concert hall at the St. Petersburg State Jazz Philharmonic to kick off the Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia..

March 5, 2012: Piter.TV (In Russian)
Balfa Toujours and Jeffery Broussard et Ses Amis play Cajun and Zydeco music in St. Petersburg, Russia. Piter.TV highlights Festival of Traditional American Music in Russia.

March 2012: Living Life Magazine (In Russian)
Profile of The Brotherhood Singers and the Festival of Traditional American Music.

March 2012: Kommersant (In Russian)
CEC ArtsLink presents the Festival of Traditional American Music, as part of American Seasons in Russia, under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Listing, description and schedule.

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