Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble

Founded in 1996, Samovar Russian Folk Music ensemble plays an extensive and exciting repertoire of Russian and Ukrainian folk music. The group, which features balalaikas and domras (traditional Russian instruments), has since performed at the Smithsonian Museum, Russian bassy, Hillwood Museum, and other venues in the Washington, DC area. In 2008, Samovar was invited to Taiwan to perform at an international folk music festival. The group’s two CDs, “Some of Our Best” and “Some More of Our Best” have been well-received, with several songs on the soundtrack of movies released in 2009: “Driven to Kill” with Steven Seagal and “Whiteout” with Kate Beckinsale.