Artistic director of the ensemble “KrassA” (Beauty),” Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, honored the All-Russian Musical Society, chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional musical society, winner of the Krasnoyarsk Territory in the field of traditional folk art and culture, the holder of the medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland, II degree.”
Repeated winner of international and national festivals ensemble “Krassa” is a professional team of great artists, formed in 1970. At the beginning it was named “Siberian Zori” (Siberian Dawns), its organizer and leader was Anatoly Filimonov. In 1975 the ensemble was awarded the title “national”. In August 1984 the leadership of the choral group was taken by Anatoly Slams – Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, honored activist of the All-Russian Musical Society, chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional musical society, winner of the Krasnoyarsky Krai Prize in traditional folk art and culture, the holder of the medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland II degree. With the arrival the team started the path of changes.
In 2001, according to the regional Parliament and Administration decision for the first time in the history of Krasnoyarsky Krai, on the basis of laureate of international festivals, the famous Russian folk song ensemble “Siberian Zori” (Siberian Dawns) was created the new professional ensemble – Krasnoyarsk State Folk Song. In July 2006 it was renamed and became known as Krasnoyarsk State Song “Krassa.“ In October 2007 the ensemble became a member of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic.
Today the list of the ensemble members includes 15 artists with the higher musical education. Many members of the ensemble are the winners of international music competitions (China, France, Russia, etc.). The age of participants varies from 18 to 40 (average age is 22-25). There are 10 actors-singers (5 men and 5 women); 5 instrumentalists (4 men and 1 woman). Artists of the ensemble work in different musical genres from ethno to contemporary hits, play many musical instruments (harmonic, accordion, balalaika, bass, guitar, violin, drums, synthesizer, zhaleykas, ocarinas, flutes, horns, rattles, rubels, spoons, tambourine etc.), perform the choreography of different complexity.
The ensemble’s repertoire is very diverse and colorful. In many programs Russian folk songs was given a modern arrangement without losing its identity and beauty. The repertoire of “Krassa” includes also songs and dances of the peoples of the former Soviet Union. It takes more then a dozen different costumes, which combine the traditions of folk and modern cut of stage folk costume.
The ensemble “Krassa” is a frequent participant at the important events, both Russian and international (Days of Culture in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Norilsk, international conference, the governor’s receptions and so on). Ensemble performed for the President of Russia, the governors of Russian regions, foreign delegations from the US, England, South Africa, Norway, Germany, France and other countries.