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Romani (Gypsy) Passion

Romani (Gypsy) Passion with Via Romen (East European) & Oliver Rajamani (World Romani)
insert_invitation Fri, Apr 5, 2024 7:30 PM (CDT)
location_on Austin Scottish Rite Theatre, Austin, Texas
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207 W 18th St.
Austin, Texas 78701
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A evening of traditional and innovative Romani music with two great artists and their group of musicians and dancers.
Vadim Kolpakov the King of the 7 string Gypsy guitar brings his Eastern European Romani group of musicians and dancers.
Oliver Rajamani master musician will grace the stage performing his world Romani Gypsy sounds tracing it back to its roots in India. 
A show not to be missed!!!
Travel back into history as you experience Romani Passion at the oldest, vintage theatre in Austin steeped in history.
Austin Scottish Rite Theater is an Austin gem – a fully operational modern theater thriving within a stunning historic landmark. SRT is Austin’s oldest theater, erected in 1871, the same year Austin became the capitol of Texas. For forty years it was a German opera house; then in 1914 it became the home of the Scottish Rite Masons who treasured the site and remain watchful tenants of the building.
Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent and renowned Romani (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists in the world, as well as vocalist, dancer and composer. He comes from a well-known Kolpakov music dynasty that has three generations of virtuoso guitarists. Vadim specializes in Gypsy music from Europe with the fusion of Jazz, Pop, Flamenco, Latin and other World Music. Mr. Kolpakov was a lead musician of the famous Romani (Gypsy) Theatre “Romen”, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor. In 2008, Vadim Kolpakov as a member of the Kolpakov Trio, went on the two years world tour "Sticky & Sweet" with Madonna. Vadim has performed extensively worldwide. He has given concerts in Carnegie Hall (New York City) and many established concert venues, as well as for the Kazakhstan president Nazarbaev, and for both the Finnish and Portuguese presidents and parliaments. read more... www.vadimkolpakov.com

Oliver Rajamani

Oliver Rajamani performs innovative soul stirring original music adding color, spice and passion to the Texas musical landscape. Rajamani has created a sound of his own with the cultural and musical threads of Gypsy/folk India, European Romani (Gypsy), and Texas Americana while bringing recognition to the historical Indian origins of the Romani people. He sings in various languages including English, Romani and languages of India. An Austin, Texas World Music award winner, a nominee of the 2008 US Artist Award and the 2014 nominee of the prestigious German music award “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Oliver Rajamani “BESTENLISTE-Vierteljahrespreis 1/2014 Weltmusik. Rajamani has toured internationally and has recorded and performed with poets and artists wide-ranging in style including Jeronimo Maya, Gypsy Kings, Willie Nelson, Edie Brickell, L. Shanker, Eric Johnson, Diane Schuur, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Glen Velez, Roby Lakatos, Jivan Gasparyan, Paravai Munniamma, Tomasa La Macanita, Dotschy Reinhardt, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Paul Maar including performces for the Maharaja of Jodhpur, India, Gaj Singh II. He has been a featured artist on the NPR BBC radio, Klru PBS amongst numerous other international radio, TV stations and magazines including the Tedx platform.read more....www.oliverrajamani.com

Via Romen Artists
Nicolas Adams (flamenco/classical/Gypsy guitar) is in a 5th generation musician of American Serbian Roma (Gypsy) family. Ambitious and self-taught, Nic has been playing professionally since the age of 12 and specializes in a variety of stringed instruments. He is eclectic by nature and accomplished playing everything from traditional classics to cutting-edge, contemporary music.

Because of the on-going war, the Ukrainian–Romani singer Alina Nazarevich recently relocated to the US. In her native Kiev she was a star of Gypsy music, and now she brings her expertise to the US, as a part of Via Romen ensemble, as well as a Duo with Vadim Kolpakov, and her solo performances.

Alla Rada (dancer) was born in the city of Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, a rich center of fine and performing arts. At an early age she discovered her passion for both music and dance, and since then, both have been an integral part of her life from a range of dance styles such as Ballet, Ballroom and a variety World Folk dances and ofcourse her most beloved Romani dance! 

The excellent instrumentalist from Moldova, Valeriy Glava (violin) best represents the fiery instrumental music of the Romanian/Moldovian Roma as “Lautari" as well as Balkan and other European Gypsy tradition.

Steven Husted
By the time Steven was 23, he was one of the top call bassists in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 6 years teaching at the acclaimed Stanford Jazz Workshop. Steven has played with many jazz greats including Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins, and Vince Wallace.www.stevenhusted.com

Luis Carlos Coutinho
A prolific percussionist from Brazil performing latin percussion and collaborating with artists from musical styles such as Rock, flamenco, Middle Eastern/Indian, Latin and more...

Paul Pinnon
Paul Pinon is a freelance drummer, studio musician and music educator based in Austin, Texas. He has performed and/or recorded with Clint Manning, Memphis Kee, Mad Whit, Rival Waves, Cari Q, Victoria Celestine, The Oysters, Interrobang Brass Band, The Buddy System, The Rewinders, Dreamboat, The Irish Exit, Born Again Virgins, Chris Strand and the Sinners, Scott Zuniga, Ultraviolet, Via Mangata, B.R. Lively, and others.www.paulpinnon.com


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Austin Scottish Rite Theatre
207 W 18th St.
Austin, Texas 78701