Artistic excellence courtesy of Via Romen

So many times superlative adjectives are overworked when applied to performers. Anybody who had the privilege of being in the audience at the Mingus Union High Auditorium last Saturday night would have to agree that the instrumentalists in the Romany folk group”Via Romen” deserve every last extreme plaudit.The Verde Valley, Sedona and surrounding areas are not short of performances. But there are times when certain musicians – by their sheer ability to fill a huge performing space with their music – deserve to be presented in just such a venue. Such was the case with “Via Romen,”Read more


Via Romen: Romany and Eastern European music presented by Verde Valley Concert Association

One of the many benefits of having an organization such as the Verde Valley Concert Association in our area is that we are exposed to many different cultures as the Association presents performers from countries other than ours.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, “Via Romen” will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School Auditorium in Cottonwood. This ensemble is a North Carolina-based quartet that makes “Nuevo Russian Romany Music.” Vocalist Petra Gelbart and guitarist Vadim Kolpakov are Romany folk artists and activists – Gelbart from Prague, Kolpakov from Moscow. The other members – guitarist Alex Gorodezky and violinist Arkadiy Gips – are Ukrainian Jews from Kyiv.Read more