Russian Guitar Duet Performance
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Maquoketa Art Experience invited everyone to an afternoon of Russian musical stylings with Dan Caraway and Oleg Timofeyev.
Dan and Oleg performed from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Sunday afternoon on November 17.
Maquoketa native Dan Caraway began playing guitar at the age of nine, but it wasn’t until college that he became interested in the classical guitar. He studied the more familiar “Spanish” guitar with several teachers before becoming interested in the Russian seven-string guitar through the influence of Oleg and his internationally-known IARGUS festivals (International Annual Russian Guitar Festival and Seminar) held each year in Iowa City. Dan studied the instrument with Oleg Timofeyev and other masters of the instrument from all over the world at these events for several years. Eventually he began performing and recording with Oleg.
Dan formerly taught classical and finger-style guitar at Grinnell College and Cornell College and has led recreational guitar classes with the Dubuque Art Center. When not playing with Oleg, Dan is involved with various other groups, including the rockabilly band Fast Clydes; an acoustic duo with his wife Cindy; Aisling, a traditional Irish ensemble; and Maquoketa’s own Black Velvet Band!
Dan presently lives in Dubuque, IA with his wife Cindy where he is the founder and principal instructor of the Dubuque Guitar School.
Oleg Timofeyev holds an M.A. in Early Music Performance from the University of Southern California (1993) and a Ph.D. in Performance Practice from Duke University (1999). Since the mid-1990s, he dedicates most of his energy to the revival of the Russian seven-string guitar, a unique instrument all-but-forgotten even in Russia. He recorded more than a dozen CDs with this repertoire, regularly tours the USA and Europe, and organizes the IARGUS festival, which takes place in Iowa and is solely dedicated to the Russian Guitar.
Dan and Oleg also play with the Russian Guitar Quartet, which recently toured in Europe.