In spite of their name, the colorful Russian musicians are not trapeze artists. The “flying” is all done by their fingers on the strings of their traditional triangular-shaped instruments, which sound similar to banjos.
Their performance is made possible by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and Coastal Bend Community Foundation to the Beeville Concert Association, with additional funding from the Cathryn Berninger Endowment and local BCA supporters.
The Flying Balalaika Brothers first organized in Los Angeles in 1995 as the Red Elvises, but they are now based in Austin, where they perform nightly at clubs in the capital city.
Their music includes unique rhythms, harmonies and sounds of Russian and Eastern European folk music, using ethnic folk instruments, spoons and the accordion, in addition to the balalaika.
They combine their own music traditions with American bluegrass and jazz, adding banjo, guitar and drums to “rock it out” and create an invigorating and innovative fusion of world music that delights and exhilarates audiences of all ages and ethnicities.
Between touring and performing, the Flying Balalaika Brothers also present educational programs in three languages to students of both public and private schools in Texas. They will perform for elementary school students in Beeville during the day before their evening performance.
All children through high school age are admitted free, as are CBC students with their student ID’s. Single tickets at the door are $10 for adults who do not hold BCA season tickets. Free admission is also offered to any adult who brings two children or young adults through high school age to a concert.