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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

Epilogue: the Seamlessness of Dream and Reality We awaken to black skies and rumbling thunder, as if Russia doesn’t want to let us get away with too warm and sunny a stay. . . thoughts of delayed flights and unanticipated … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

IV. Moscow: the Mind of Russia The countryside dotted with picturesque farm communities and their ubiquitous onion-domed churches merges occasionally into small towns, through most of which the train merely slows down. . . we stop only two or three … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

III. Yaroslavl: the Memory of Russia Hearty breakfast and a brisk walk around downtown Yekaterinburg before loading into the van for a rocket ride to the airport. . . the famous regional malachite is copiously displayed throughout the terminal in … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

II. Yekaterinburg: the Muscle of Russia One last fabulous breakfast buffet at the luxurious Hotel Corinthia, then into the van and off to the airport for the flight to Yekaterinburg. . . contrary to American stereotypes of Russian airlines the … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

I. St. Petersburg: the Soul of Russia Long Lufthansa flight from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Finland. . . wet cold landing in St. Petersburg. . . glad I packed my jacket and hat in my carry-on. After … Continue reading

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“This performance is just for you…”

Thursday, April 19, 2012, the day of departure for arrival in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday morning April 20th and a day of thankful downtime at the Grand Hotel Corinthia. We briefly met our hosts and travel companions to discuss … Continue reading

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Standing Ovations and Multiple Encores throughout Russia

The Wilde Boys (aka, the R. Carlos Nakai Trio) tour in Russia was an amazing, exhausting, rewarding, demanding, life-altering experience. The enthusiasm and generosity with which our music was received by our Russian audiences was inspiring and humbling: we played … Continue reading

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The Brotherhood Singers Sing Farewell to St. Petersburg

All of us in the CEC ArtsLink New York City office thoroughly enjoyed this video of an informal performance outside of The Brotherhood Singers’ hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thank you, sirs, for your harmonies, melodies and talents! Looks like … Continue reading

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In Yekaterinburg People are Still Talking About Cajun & Zydeco!

Two weeks have passed since the seven charming Louisianans rocked the lace-curtain theaters in Nizhniy Tagil and Yekaterinburg, Russia with their ardent and lively Cajun and Zydeco music, but people are still talking about it. Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours … Continue reading

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Our music is at the heart of our culture

Last night, we finished up our set in Yekaterinburg. It always feels a little strange when we play for a concert venue and people just sit and watch. Our music is at the heart of our culture. It is social; … Continue reading

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