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I started my life as a performing musician with the Penn Balalaika Orchestra in 1972, then directed by Stephen Wolownik. I stayed on to direct the orchestra until about 1978. I played with Tom Walker and Patty Guz in the Troika Balalaika Trio.

When Steve returned to Philadelphia in 1980, he, Judy Sherman and I formed the group The Gypsy Balalaikas. We played together for over twenty years in the Gypsy Balalaikas and the reknowned cabaret ensemble Balalaika Russe, until Steve's death in 2000.

Below are some selections of recordings I made with Steve and Judy as The Gypsy Balalaikas

ACADEMICS
BANDS
Gypsy Balalaikas
Balalaika Russe
Fonariki
Novo Selo
Gori Gori
Panegyri
Jewish Freylakh
TUNES
Moi Tsyganochki
VIDEOS
Yo Deves

More on The Gypsy Balalaikas can be found at the following websites:

Garageband.com

The Balalaika Website

The New York Times

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