The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 12, 2013

Concert featuring Russian seven-string guitar


The Clinton Herald

---- — MAQUOKETA — Maquoketa Art Experience invites you to an afternoon of Russian musical stylings with Dan Caraway and Oleg Timofeyev.

Caraway and Timofeyev will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $14 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 from Osterhaus Pharmacy, MAE or online.

Maquoketa native Caraway began playing guitar at the age of 9, 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) each year in Iowa City. He studied the instrument with 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 Timofeyev.

Caraway 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 Timofeyev, Caraway 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.

Caraway lives in Dubuque, where he is the founder and principal instructor of the Dubuque Guitar School.

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.

Caraway and Timofeyev also play with the Russian Guitar Quartet, which recently toured Europe.