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Gudochek - Seattle Russian Children's Folklore Ensemble


 

The Russian Children's Folklore Ensemble “Gudochek” was created in 2010 in Seattle, based on PAVA led by singer and ethnomusicologist Juliana Svetlitchnaia. The word "Gudochek" means "a little gudok", ancient Russian fiddle. Initially, it consisted of PAVA members and their children who performed at school concerts and festivals devoted to ethnic culture. Later, more children joined “Gudochek” and now it has more than 20 participants of age 5-9 years.

Repertoire of the ensemble consists of Russian folk songs and dances, and children's play songs. Some of the dance songs are accompanied by percussion instruments, such as rattles, wooden spoons, washboard, bells, and others. Children perform in traditional folk costumes, some of which were gathered in ethnographic expeditions to Russian villages. The ensemble's mission is to preserve and perform traditional Russian folk songs. However, they also perform contemporary children's favorite Russian compositions.

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