Troika Balalaikas featuring Troika Balalaikas featuring: Angelina Reed, Gregory Carageorge, Lynn McConnell, David Cooper and Simo Telsa

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 8:00pm

Troika Balalaikas   featuring: Angelina Reed, Gregory Carageorge, Lynn McConnell, David Cooper and Simo Telsa

David C. Cooper, is a charter member of the Atlanta Balalaika Society. A multi-talented professional musician, David is a member of numerous ensembles, performing on everything from the Russian garmoshka to Caribbean steel drums. He can play all the instruments in the Russian folk orchestra, and has taught workshops in Russian folk wind instruments and jamming at BDAA conventions. In 1987 he was selected for a fellowship at the Glier Institute of Kiev, where he studied prima balalaika with Anatoli Ryabinin and Yuri Alexi. David conducts from his orchestra chair where, with zhaleikas and sopilkas at his feet, he frequently performs balalaika solos.

Angelina Galashenkova-Reed was eight years old when she began her musical journey at music school in St.Petersburg, Russia. As a child and teenager she won three junior competitions among young domra players of North-Western part of Russia. During her formative years at Mussorgsky College of Music in S-Petersburg and Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Angelina won top prizes and titles of "Laureate of All Russia National competition among professional domra players" (1990) and "Laureate of International competition among professional folk artists" (1992).

Before moving to the USA in 2001, Angelina had collaborated as a soloist with the famous Andreev Russian Folk Orchestra in St.Petersburg, the Police Orchestra of Moscow and numerous small ensembles. She was also classical mandolin soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia. As a concert performer, she traveled throughout Russia, to the United States, where she performed at the 100 year Anniversary of Carnegie Hall concert in 1991, to several European countries, Japan and Australia. In the USA, Angelina has been involved with Atlanta Balalaika Society and the Balalaika and Domra Association of America as a member and soloist, as well as pursuing teaching career.


Lynn McConnell received her Master of Arts degree in music from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974.  Since then she has performed professionally on alto and prima balalaikas and piano with various Russian groups, such as Troika Balalaikas, Tziganka, and the Great American Gypsy Band. She has recorded three albums with, has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and the Far East, and is one of the founding members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

Gregory Carageorge is a professional bassist and singer performing on the enormous Russian contrabass balalaika.  He has performed with many other leading balalaika ensembles in the United States, including the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, the Great American Gypsy Band, Tziganka, Balalaika Fantasie, and The Firebird Balalaikas of the Russian Tea Room in NYC.  Mr. Carageorge is a founding member of the Troika Balalaikas.

Simo Tesla, producer, songwriter, teacher, and musician, has a unique background spanning classical, pop and ethnic music. He studied classical music on the accordion and won two first place finishes in the Canadian Accordion Competitions. He earned a diploma in music production and engineering and currently composes, records and produces original music. He is a regular music instructor at “Lark In The Morning” music and dance camp in Mendocino, CA. teaching Serbian folk music from his native land. He teaches accordion and piano to children and adults and also continues to perform at all types of social functions.



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