The Speakeasy Unplugged is very pleased to welcome Russian Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov to our BLuRoom Friday and Saturday June 3 & 4
Vadim has toured with Madonna and now lives in the Charlotte area, where he brings the beautiful sounds of the 7 string gypsy guitar to life for audiences.
Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent and renowned Russian-Romani (Gypsy) 7-string guitarist in the world as well as a dancer and vocalist. He was a lead musician of the Moscow Gypsy Theatre Romen, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor (1996-2004). Hailing from Saratov, Russia, Vadim graduated from the Moscow Romani performing arts school Gilori and studied guitar with his legendary uncle Alexander Kolpakov, the virtuoso Russian 7-string guitarist who served as the musical director of the Romen Gypsy Theatre for over a quarter of a century.
At the age of 15, Vadim began work at the Romen Gypsy Theatre, where he worked for 8 years. Vadim has performed extensively in Russia and abroad. In 2004, Vadim assembled his own group Via Romen in USA which performs in North America and abroad. He also collaborates with various artist such as Zingaresca Duo which he co-founded with Oleg Timofeyev and which is dedicated to the Russian and Russian-Gypsy guitar repertoire.
Vadim’s musical repertoire includes traditional and modern Russian- and Gypsy-style compositions by Alexander Kolpakov, music by Sergey Orekhov, 19th-century Russian 7-string guitar repertoire and his own compositions and improvisations on Gypsy, Russian, classical, rap, pop, flamenco, jazz and other world music. He works exclusively in the oral tradition and has been teaching traditional Roma guitar, dance and vocal repertoire as an Artist-In-Residence at the UNC Charlotte 2006-2007.
In 2008 and 2009, Vadim Kolpakov as a member of the Kolpakov Trio, went on the world tour “Sticky & Sweet” with Madonna. They performed in many European and South American countries, as well as in North America and Mexico, including venues such as Wembley stadium in London, Madison Square Garden in NYC and Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Vadim is now working with his band Via Romen and performs as a soloist in different projects.
For more information, please visit at http://www.VadimKolpakov.com/