From rock music to Russian folk songs? Balalike it!

Bringing Russian folk songs to more than 50 countries

“Russian folk music is understood by people from all over the world. Foreigners perceive this music the same way Russians do,” says Vladimir Devyatov, a Russian folk singer.

Over the last 30 years Vladimir has been performing folk songs and ballads, and received wide recognition for his work and promotion of Russian folk music worldwide. But he actually started his music career as a drummer in a rock band.

“Back in the 70s I was a part of the so-called ‘Moscow rock society’, I played drums in a rock band and listened to a lot of foreign bands, such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Chicago and many others.”

Having a unique voice with a range of four octaves, he switched to folk songs and old ballads. Now Vladimir is an award-winning singer as well as a Russian folk music enthusiast. He runs a folk-singing center and school and is developing a project to increase public interest in folk music and preserve the traditions of folk singing from different regions of Russia.

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