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Romani guitar duo to grace the stage in Ontario

Four Rivers Cultural Center. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ONTARIO – This Veterans Day, Four Rivers Cultural Center invites the community to a musical celebration featuring Sasha Kolpakov and Nicolas Adams, two guitarists in the Romani tradition.

Kolpakov, a Roma native of Saratov, Russia, represents the third generation of players in his family following his uncle Vadim and grandfather Aleksandr, while Adams, an American Serbian Roma, is in the fifth generation of musicians in his family. 

Family tradition, according to Kolpakov, is important in Romani music because there is much about the style which is felt and cannot be conventionally taught. 

“Everything is from hand to hand,” Kolpakov said in an interview with the Enterprise. “I learned the Gypsy and Roma music from my uncle and grandfather. It’s a different explanation, I think, and . . .