The Story

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, founded in 1995 by Zhenya Kolykhanov(Rock), first began as an
LA street band before establishing its roots in the musically zealous city of Austin, Texas. For
nearly 20 years, the feisty group has entranced audiences with their unique blend of
Gypsy folk, electric rock n' roll and eye-catching, interactive performances featuring
instruments like the behemoth contra-bass balalaika, a triangle shaped stringed instrument from
The Flying Balalaika Brothers have been featured at international music festivals,
as well as on television and in feature films.

Seamlessly moving from slower traditional Russian folk songs to guitar and drum-driven punk
rock, the group's high-energy shows feel more like a block party than a performance. The band
blends modern-day and traditional sounds to create a futuristic fusion of experimental world
"Our shows are extremely interactive," says Flying Balalaika Brothers Founder Zhenya
Kolykhanov (Rock). "Our concerts illuminate the passion, excitement and sorrow for which the
Gypsy music is famous for. Once audiences old and new experience the music, they begin to
lose themselves in it's power and emotion," contra-bassist Aaryn Russell adds.

The Band

Zhenya Kolykahanov(Rock) (vocals, guitar, accordion),
Sergey Vashchenko (prima balalaika, accordion),
Aaryn Russell (contra-bass balalaika),
Chris Hausler (drums, percussion)