Via Romen

Via Romen

 Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
BandWorldFolk

This acoustic band plays virtuoso Romany (Gypsy) music, originating in Eastern Europe and enriched by jazz, Jewish, and Latino styles. The music is modern, innovative, fresh and often deeply emotional.
Two of the performers, were part of Madonna’s 2008/2009 world tour as a part of Kolpakov trio.

Biography

: Via Romen, Nuevo Russian-Romany (Gypsy) music and dance ensemble
Via Romen's music and dances are rooted in Russian-Romany and Eastern-European Jewish (Ashkenazi) traditions, but represent new and unique music style.
Nuevo Russian–Romany Music, - is the original creation of Via Romen members. Drawn from a vast repertoire originating in Eastern and Western Europe and enriched by jazz, Jewish, and Latino styles, this music is modern, innovative, fresh and often deeply emotional.
The group members’ disparate musical backgrounds, rich professional experiences and advanced levels of virtuosity, along with an overarching commitment to authenticity in everything they produce, are the key elements of this musical movement.
If you listen closely, you will hear thoughtfully constructed compositions, intricate rhythms, dazzling ornamentation and free-flowing improvisation. Skillfully weaving elements of Romany and Russian themes together with jazz, samba, klezmer, tango, flamenco and other idioms, Via Romen offers unprecedented interpretations of the music we thought we knew.

Two of the performers, Vadim Kolpakov and Arkadiy Gips, were part of Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” 2008/2009 world tour as members of the Kolpakov Trio.
The Via Romen band consists of
- Vadim Kolpakov (Russian seven-string guitar, dance and vocals),
- Arkadiy Gips (violin and backup vocals),
- Alex Gorodezky (six-string guitar and bass), and
- Petra Gelbart (vocals, accordion and dance).

Our video demo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8AFB_2_Kr8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Discography

"My Two Homes" CD 2010
- http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/viaromen
- http://www.amazon.com/My-Two-Homes/dp/B004IXGNAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1298839181&sr=8-1