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Zingaresca, Vadim Kolpakov & Oleg Timofeyev | The Secrets of the Gypsy Guitar

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The Secrets of the Gypsy Guitar

by Zingaresca, Vadim Kolpakov & Oleg Timofeyev

Fiery and lyrical acoustic Gypsy guitar music on the unique Russian seven-string guitars by the masters of the style. In Italian, the word “Zingaresca” means a “Gypsy melody” or “Music, written in the Gypsy style.
Genre: World: Gypsy
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1. I Hear Your Voice Again
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2. Along the Kazanka River
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3. A Nightingale
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4. A Cossack Went Beyond the Danube
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5. Oriental Gypsy Dance "Are You Joking?"
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6. I Was on My Way Home
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7. The Gypsies Were Traveling
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8. The Godmother
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9. Moscow Polka
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10. Dance, Dzhandzha
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11. Fantasy
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12. Vengerka (Two Guitars)
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13. The Dark Eyes
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14. An Old Woman
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15. Sare Patria - All the Cards
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16. Moscow Windows
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Romany (“Gypsy”) musicians became an important part of the Russian musical entertainment already in the 18th century. While most of that music was vocal, the so-called Russian seven-string guitar was the main instrument in the “Gypsy choirs.”
The search for the Russian-Gypsy guitar music is particularly difficult because in Russia today there are only very few Romany artists who still play the seven-string guitar. But fortunately, one of them is the celebrated Alexander Kolpakov, Vadim’s uncle.
We start the album with one of our arrangements of the Russian-Gypsy romans style of music, “I Hear Your Voice Again” – only we would like to add, “... your voice again, the Russian-Gypsy guitar. ”
One of the most original guitarists in Russia’s history, Mikhail Vysotsky spent a lot of time with the Romany musicians in Moscow, and some of their mannerisms became a part of his signature style. The Zingaresca artists combine Vysotsky’s style with improvisations of Vadim Kolpakov.
Nikolay Kruchinin felt the urge to notate the performances of the famous Romany guitarists from the 1920s and 30s. His archive (housed by the Glinka Museum in Moscow) contains of many Russian and Gypsy tunes written down in his own kind of tablature for the seven-string guitar.
Our own arrangement of the well-known Russian-Gypsy romans “I Was on My Way Home” is based on the variations by Igor Zhuk, a guitarist from Kharkov, Ukraine, who was an expert on Russian-Gypsy music.
Similarly to M.Vysotsky, to whom he is often compared, Sergei Orekhov spent a lot of time with the Russian Romany musicians and adapted many of their songs and ideas in his compositions. We arranged four of his signature pieces in such a way that their connection to the Russian-Romany folklore became even clearer.
Every Russian-Romany guitarist has a version of Vengerka – also known in the west as “ Two Guitars.” We took the version developed by Vadim, and Vadim also recorded his solo on this album "Fantasy".
Fedor Kondenko is one of the last Romany musicians in Russia who played the seven-string guitar. Three compositions on this album are recorded for the first time, and each one shows a slightly different approach to the traditional material.
We close our program with the bonus track– our version of “Moscow Windows,”. In the late 90s we received variations on this tune by a guitarist from Nizhny Novgorod, Viktor Agapov. In this rendition, we intertwine his ideas with Vadim Kolpakov’s own improvisations.

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