I'm a fan of extraordinary Russian-born musician Olga Bell. Her new Russian-language album, "Krai," will be released 4/29 and is a nine-movement song cycle – one song for each Krai of Russia. Olga currently resides in NYC. More information here.

From the Cossack melodies of Krasnodar Krai in the West to the Chukchi drumming of Kamchatka Krai in the Russian Far East, Krai is a journey across the Eurasian landmass in forty minutes.

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Perm Krai on Soundcloud:

(Lyrics Perm Krai-English Translation)

Once upon a time, on the river

There lived
Free people –
The Volga Cossacks and the Don Cossacks.

They had a chief: Yermak Timofeyevich!
Calling gently, a horn heralded his unforced speech:
Listen here my friends, I have a thought…

Summer soon will end and a harsh cold will set in,
And where, my friends, are we to winter?
Shall we go to the Volga, become thieves,
And pass the winter there?

Shall we go to Yaik?
The portage is great there, the portage there is hard.

Shall we go to Kazan-city, where Ivan the Terrible sits?
His forces are many, some one hundred forty thousand…

On the Irtysh River we'll take the city of Tobolsk, the lovely city…
On the Irtysh River we'll take the city of Tobolsk, that very one!
And once we've taken the city,
The city of Tobolsk,
Listen my friends, listen!
Once we take the city
We'll go the Czar
and battle!

Album tracks:

1. Krasnodar Krai

2. Altai Krai

3. Perm Krai

4. Stavropol Krai

5. Krasnoyarsk Krai

6. Primorsky Krai

7. Zabaikalsky Krai

8. Khabarovsk Krai

9. Kamchatka Krai