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About 'Russian Gypsy Soul':

A stunning show of traditional Romani Gypsy music and dance, from Russia and around, showcasing virtuosic music and fiery traditional Gypsy dance-art. Well-loved Gypsy favourites and rare musical treasures in distinct arrangements with striking dance choreographies, bringing a little piece of Gypsy nostalgia and passion to the audience.

The project has been created by violinist Gundula Gruen, who is a specialist in Eastern European Romany music and culture, and recently enhanced by Russian Singer Anna- Wolfberry. The performance has already has been featured on Turkish Television, the Victoria&Albert Museum, and various Art Centres around the Country. Russian Gypsy Soul also provided highlights at various Russian and international functions, private festivities as well as corporate functions for Rosgosstrakh Insurance, EBRD bank, Chaika events and similar.

 

Line-up:

The show is adaptable in size and set-up to cater for various venues, performance spaces, technical set-ups and budgets. The full line-up of 6 musicians and 3 dancers is perfect for art performances on large theatre stages as well as for a spontaneous, acoustic 'Gypsy Camp'-style show.

The minimum line-up is a 3-musicians ensemble including Russian singer, violinist and guitarist or accordionist, for a music-only performance. 1-3 dancers can be added on.

Frequently, the ensemble performs a full-on stage set of 20-45 minutes. For private parties, 3 or more sets of 45 minutes can set a lively atmosphere for receptions, vibrant interludes between speeches and toasts, and a passionate up-tempo set which gets everyone up and dancing.

The ensemble performs in bright handcrafted Russian-style Gypsy costumes.
The show is suitable for spacious stages (e.g. festivals, conferences, functions) and can be adapted for intimate settings (e.g. small events and private parties).

Lead Performers:
Gundula Gruen – musical leader, violinist and vocals.
Anna Wolfberry - vocals
Alexandar Ivanov - accordion, vocals

Jeremy Halliwell - guitar
Fraser Perry - cello
Elizabeth Nott - percussion
Dancers: Linda, Alexandra, Ivan

 
     
 

Gundula Gruen, also known as 'Magic Violin', is a critically acclaimed violin virtuoso and specialist in Eastern European Gypsy music. She has created the show and arranged the pieces. After completing her degree in classical violin, a post-graduate degree in jazz and master classes by Professor Isabella Petrosjan and others, she dedicated her full energy to researching and studying Eastern European Gypsy music. In the past she has performed at art centres and festivals in the UK and throughout Europe, appeared on TV and Radio in the UK, Germany and Turkey. Her book ‘Gypsy Music Collection’ was published by Spartan Press, and the album ‘The Devil’s Lentil Soup’ has achieved outstanding press.

Gundula has performed at a number of Russian occasions, receiving compliments from the likes of HSH Princess Natalya Grigorievna Eromina Youssoupoff. More information at www.magicviolin.co.uk

     

Anna Wolfberry's musical odyssey began in Moscow, her journey through the last two decades of the twentieth century exposing her to a kaleidoscope of colours and a cacophony of sound, opera, rock, pop, and the folk music of her country. She abandoned the stardom that followed her successful participation in a female trio on the Russian X factor to study theatrical and dramatic arts. In theatre her love of music with dance found its expression in the operatic comedies of Chekhov, her infectious joy for performing obvious to all. Arriving in London she embraced the music of the émigré , music of the Great Alexander Vertinsky, burlesque, and cabaret. Rock followed, her alter ego, “Wolfberry” – her stage name, now a fixture on the Camden rock scene, her band « Sweet Surrender » embracing and evolving a symphony of sounds styles in their unique revival of classic rock. It was the style, the sound, the rhythm and the melody of her memories that drew her to our Gypsy band « Tacho Drom” . A Russian girl with a Romany soul.