Psoy Korolenko is the stage-name of well-known Russian songwriter, singer, performer, critic and slavist, Pavel Eduardovich Lion.
Performing primarily on keyboard instruments like the Casio sequencer in accordion timbre, Psoy experiments with various song traditions while singing in 7 different languages. Singing mainly in Russian, Yiddish, English and French, Psoy draws musical inspiration from Tom Lehrer, Tiny Tim, Russian bard songs, Jewish street musicians and Russian rock music.
Psoy is often compared to a modern skomorokhs – a medieval East Slavic actor who sings, dances, plays musical instruments and composes their own music and dramatic performances. His live show uses elements of artistic conceptualism and authentic folklore tradition and is described as a deep psychological process and an existential experience.