Romani, Jewish, Eastern European music hits local winery on Saturday
After a series of successful summer performances, the Aquilon Music Festival will return Saturday at Lady Hill Winery, located near Champoeg State Heritage Area.
Visitors will be treated to the Zingaresca Ensemble, a skilled duo performing traditional Romani (Gypsy), Jewish and Eastern European virtuoso guitar music. The Italian word "Zingaresca" translates to "in a Gypsy style."
"The ensemble interweaves the classical Eastern European guitar heritage, the best traditions of the Romani and Jewish diaspora, thus blending the sophistication of classical music with the fiery vitality of folk musical expression," the festival's website said.
The duo consists of Vadim Kolpakov, an acclaimed Roma virtuoso and Oleg Timofeyev, who helped revive the seven-string guitar's legacy.
Kolpakov hails from an old Roma clan and a musically inclined family, of which his famous uncle, Russia's former Romen Theatre musical director Alexander Kolpakov, is a part. Kolpakov is one of the world's most well-known Roma guitarists, having once traveled, along with his uncle in their Kolpakov Trio, on tour with Madonna for two years.
Timofeyev, a classical guitarist and early music scholar, is regarded for unearthing lost Eastern European repertoire for the Russian seven-string guitar and is an expert on the instrument.
"Oleg brings his scholarly knowledge of the seven-string repertoire (and) Vadim an authentic connection to the Gypsy heritage ... The music (they) perform combines the elements of many ethnic traditions," Anton Belov, the festival's founder, said.
Timofeyev and Kolpakov have known each other for 20 years and performed numerous concerts together.
Describing the two as "marvelous colleagues," Belov said working with them has been a "profoundly creative experience."
"Our program is both intimate and virtuosic, passionate and soulful," Belov said. "If you come, you would be astounded by the sheer skills of these performers and perhaps be moved by the emotional power of their music."
The performance will go from 6 to 8 p.m. and tickets cost between $20 and $25. For more information about the festival, visit www.aquilonmusicfestival.org. To learn more about the Zingaresca Ensemble, visit www.zingaresca.info/.
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