The group’s name comes from the speed with which balalaika players’ fingers move while playing the instrument, which sounds similar to a banjo. Because of the tuning, they must employ a very fast technic with their left hands in order to play all the notes.
The concert is made possible by generous grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and many local supporters of the BCA.
The original Flying Balalaika Brothers were formed in Los Angeles in 1995 by Zhenya Kolykhanov (aka Zhenya Rock), the former lead guitarist of the Russian surf/rockabilly group Red Elvises. The group started as a street band and later transformed into a group which performed for clubs, motion pictures and TV shows in California.
After Kolykhanov moved to Austin, he re-established the Flying Balalaika Brothers in the musically-rich capital city culture. The band performs a blend of traditional world music and original pieces.
The Flying Balalaika Brothers have toured internationally, sharing their unique blend of Russian folk and classical music, influenced by American bluegrass and innovative acoustic music.
The concert is free to all students through high school age and to CBC students with their photo IDs. This year any adult who brings two students through high school age will be admitted free.
Other adults will pay $10 at the door if they do not have BCA season tickets.