She cried and laughed. She sang and spoke. She called for herself and sobbed uncontrollably. She creaked like an old greased wagon, and in a soft whisper she hummed a children's lullaby .... She fiercely argued with a neighbor - to a squeal, to a wheeze, to tears, and then wearily fell silent, giving way for a while to smooth guitar searches ...
Honestly, to me, as a person who, at the age of six, was taken by the parents’s hands to the music school “on the violin” (because “the child”, according to the teacher, “has perfect musical ear and wonderful hands”), it would never have crossed my mind it didn’t come that all the emotions I experienced that evening and the associations that arose were able to trigger this tool. The violin, on which I “sawed” dull scales for hours and suspected that its name is nothing more than the derivative of the verb “creak”, can turn out such a storm of emotions in my soul that I feel like crying and laughing at the same time. It's all in the hands of musicians. And maybe not only in them?
Three hundred years ago, the famous gypsy musician Loiko Zobar wandered around Russia. And the animals came out of the forest and listened to the sounds of his violin, and people forgot about business, laughed and cried along with the violin of Loiko. The parable about the life and love of this virtuoso violinist was told to us by Maxim Gorky in his story Makar Chudra, and Loiko’s violin has since become a household name. And today, the sounds of this violin can be heard on the best venues in the world. Loiko's violin came to life and sang again in the hands of musicians from the gypsy trio of the same name.
The gypsy group "Loiko" was organized in London in 1990 by Sergey Erdenko (originally as a duet with Igor Staroseltsev). For almost 14 years of the group’s existence, many high-class musicians have played in it, such as violinist Oleg Ponomarev (the son of the famous Valentina Ponomareva, whose voice was sung by the heroine of the film drama “Cruel Romance”), Vadim Kulitsky (guitar), Leoncia Erdenko (vocals, percussion), Alyosha Bezlepkin (guitar), each of which influenced the formation of the Loiko style.
At all times, the basis of the style of the group was gypsy music from Russia. Constant tours, constant communication at concerts and festivals significantly enriched Loyko with elements of Celtic, traditional Romanian and Hungarian and classical music. Famous violinist Moira Brinnach wrote a thing she called "Loiko." Britain, which for quite some time was the main place of the group’s dislocation, the case did not end. The gypsy team has gained recognition throughout Europe. The ensemble “Loiko” became not only an authoritative folklore group, but, according to European critics, it entered the world violin elite. The group has repeatedly performed at major festivals, received invitations to participate in concert programs and recordings from Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, collaborated with jazz and rock musicians, played at the best concert venues.
The current composition of Loyko, which includes Sergey Erdenko, Georgy Osmolovsky and Mikhail Savichev, is the result of many years of evolution. New compositions are created by the musicians themselves. When writing them, all the previous Loyko experience is taken into account. It was them who were fortunate enough to hear the Dubai public. The only concert of the "gypsy Russian trio" Loyko "(as stated in the program) was organized by Elena von Heifen with the support of Zayed University and other sponsors, played in the small hall of the One & Only royal Mirage hotel and included all the best works of the trio. Sergei Erdenko: "a trio is an absolute self-worth, completeness of form. three, three - tremendous power. "The violin and guitar are traditional instruments of the group." I tried to play a duet with an accordion, with a cello, with cymbals: but such a dialogue as two violins does not work with anything else. The competition begins - two instruments, two violinists, who whom. And this is again a theater, "Sergey says, and there is no arguing with him. Loyko is a mixture of many national traditions, classics, jazz and rock, and everyone will find something in it. Here are well-known (and not very) gypsy songs, and blues, and romances, and sparkling instrumental compositions, in which there are no virtuosos in the sound fabric, and then they’ll “twist” either a melody from a popular movie or a familiar rock riff, and there are vibrant genre scenes and touching ones lyrical themes to the depths of the soul, and innovative performing techniques, and upscale game technique. Press and intelligence, drive and finesse.
And when a sad and such piercing song “Coachman Do not Drive Horses,” with unusual modulations characteristic only for singing gypsies, sounds somehow dull and almost understandable, what did the “Loiko” violins sob about?
Everything as usual. About love and hate, about the long journey, about the rebellious soul of a freedom-loving gypsy .... That everything is transient, and music is eternal.