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Alexander Fedoriouk, CIMBALOM
Alexander Fedoriouk began playing the cimbalom at the age of 7 in his home-town of Kolomyia, Ukraine. Growing up in the Carpathian mountains, he played at weddings in mountain villages in Ukraine and Moldavia. He studied music at the Kolomyia Music School, Chernivsty Musical College and received his Bachelor's degree in music from The Kiev State Conservatory. He studied ethnomusicology for his Masters Degree at Cleveland State University. He has performed as a soloist with New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Orchestra Nashville, Johnstown Symphony, Youngstown Youth Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Troisty Muzyky Folk Ensemble, The Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, The Duquesne University Tamburitzans, Cheres and Harmonia. He appeared in the Ukrainian musical movies Pisne Kalynova and Namysto Dlia Berehyni. He recorded for movie soundtracks such as: Thruth About Chalie, Over my Dead Body, Obcina The Call of the Mountain and The Skull Key. He received awards at the national competition on folk instruments in 1987 and 1991 in Ukraine, and in Nebraska in 1997.
Since he has been in the United States he has been featured as a soloist on a number of recordings: The Art of the Cimbalom, Harmonia, Crossing Paths, Papa Duke, Herbie MAn and Sona Terra, Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, Forest Song, Stempenyu's Dream, Kruno Gypsy Jazz Guitar, Skin, Hazmat Modine, Nigel Pulsford, Balkans Without Borders, Balkanalia, Vessel of song, Eletfa, Pastures of Plenty, Gypsy Killer, Cheres, We Are One, Unblocked, The World in Our Backyard, Klezsqueese... He has recorded with Nigel Pulsford of Bush, legendary jazz flautist Herbie Mann and performed in Carnegie hall with John Cale of the Velvet Undeground.

 
 
 
   

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Alexander Fedoriouk

Alexander Fedoriouk
P.O.Box 609067
Cleveland, OH 44109

cell: 440.263.6891
ph/fax: 216.520.5089
Fedoriouk@yahoo.com
www.AlexanderFedoriouk.com

PERSONAL STATEMENT
Through performance, teaching, managing events, producing audio and video projects, making of authentic traditional musical instruments, to preserve the folk traditions and promote the music and culture to a wider audience on a local, national and international arena. Repertoire encompasses the music of neighboring Carpathian regions as well as the music of several countries of Eastern Europe.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Cleveland State University Cleveland OH. Lectured on Eastern European Music Cultures. Presented techniques and methods of playing on folk Instruments for the ethnomusicology graduate class 2010
Darthmouth College, Hanover, NH. Performed and lectured to faculty and students about folk traditions of the Carpathian region and Eastern Europe.
Tamburitzans of Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA. Presented techniques and methods of playing on traditional instruments of Eastern Europe 1996-1997
Colliope: Tsymbaly instructor for Pittsburgh folk music society 1997
Department of Slavic Cultures, Pittsburgh University: Performed and lectured to faculty and students about Ukrainian music and the folk traditions of the Carpathian region.

ADDITIONAL LECTURES:
Conference of the Music Teachers of Western Pennsylvania Region
CYM Ukrainian Resort and Summer Camp
The Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH
Crossroads Academy, Lyme, NH
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Flint City Schools, Flint MI
Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
Bloomington City Schools, Bloomington, IN
Crestwood High School, Mantua, OH
Garfield Middle School, Garrettsville, OH
Calsieu Parrish Schools Lake Charles, LA
The University of Maryland, College Park, MD; University of Michigan, Flint MI
Indiana University, department of Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN
Hiram College, Hiram, OH (University Seminar)
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
Old Songs Festival, Guilderland, NY

TECHNICAL SKILLS
Proficient in Logic Pro, Logic Express, Final Cut Pro, AdobeCS4, InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Java Script, SiteStudio. Advanced knowledge of CSS, HTML and WordPress, Free Hand, Quark Express, PageMaker, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Windows 2000 and MS Office 2000. Success in implementing website SEO, webpage analyzer, keyword analysis, webpage statistics, AdSense and AdWords.

NON-TECHNICAL SKILLS
• Experience in managing a creative team
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Strong attention to details
• Fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, Slovak and Polish


EDUCATION
•1997-2000 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
Masters Program in Ethnomusicology.
•1996-1997 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
Liberal Arts and Music Major
•1995 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
Liberal Arts Major
•1990-1992 Kiev State Conservatory Kiev, Ukraine
Bachelor of Arts Degree
•1986-1990 Chernivtsy Music College Chernivtsy, Ukraine
Associate of Arts Degree
•1981-1986 Kolomyia Middle School of Music, Ukraine
Music Major

AWARDS:
Ohio Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, Cleveland, OH 2004
Croatian Cultural Society of Omaha, Nebraska Rose M. Gredurich Award for Outstanding Male Performance, Omaha, Nebraska, USA 1997
National Competition on Folk Instruments sponsored by 3 the Ukrainian National Ministry of Culture. Second Place, received cash award. Donetsk, Ukraine 1991
National Competition on Folk Instruments sponsored by the Ukrainian National Ministry of Culture. Second Place, awarded prize NADIA. Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine 1987
As member of Harmonia nominated for the Cleveland Scene 2005 Music Award, Nominated for Best of Cleveland Music Award and Selected for the American Traditions/Global Sounds Program

MEMBERTSHIPS:
Cleveland Music Society Local 4, American Federation of Musicians.

PERFORMANCES:
HARMONIA Eastern European Folk Ensemble 1996-present
Performer and soloist executing own original arrangements on the cimbalom.
• Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, Baltimore, MD
• HOP Hopkins Center Darthmouth College, Darthmouth NH
• The Whiting, Flint, MI
• The American Theatre, Hampton, VA
• Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT
• Ohio State Fair Main Street Stage, Columbus, OH
• Churchill Arts Council, Fallon, NV
• University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
• Good Neighbors Theater, Byrdstown, TN
• Pickett County Schools, Pickett County, TN
• Cincinnati Celtic World Festival, Cincinnati, OH
• Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America, Cleveland, OH
• Hiram College, Hiram OH
• The National Folk Festival, Bangor ME
• Beachland Park Association, Cleveland, OH
• Satalla: The Temple of World Music, New York City
• Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA
• Trinity Church, Manhattan, NY
• Folk Arts Center of New England, Boston, MA
• Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, NY
• University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
• The Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
• Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
• Tamburitza Extravaganza, New Orleans, LA
• Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
• Rhythms on the River, Columbus, OH
• Concert on the Green, Granville, OH
• Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission, Bellefontaine, OH
• Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Washington, DC
• Market Square Festival, Cleveland OH
• Downtown Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Festival, Cleveland OH
• Festival of Freedom, Cleveland, OH
• Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland, OH
• TV Broadcast WVIZ, Cleveland, OH
• The Focal Point Traditional Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
• Oklahoma City Library System, Oklahoma City, OK
• Lions Township Schools, LaGrange, IL
• The Washington Group, Washington, DC
• Ohio State University, Newark, OH
• Detroit Festival of Colors, Detroit, MI
• Oberlin College Folk Festival, Oberlin, OH
• Defiance College, Defiance, OH
• Hungarian Cultural Center, Manhattan, NY
• Balkan Café Series, Manhattan, NY
• Golden Door Awards, International Services Center, Cleveland, OH
• Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
• Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Series, Washington D. C.
• Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia, PA
• The National Folk Festival, East Lansing, MI
• The Pittsburgh Folk Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
• Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA
• Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
• Chicago Summer Dance, Chicago, IL
• Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Washington, DC
• Lotus Blossoms Festival, Bloomington, IN
• Museum Mile, New York, NY
• Chamizal National Park, El Paso, TX
• Madam’s Organ, Washington DC
• The Knitting Factory, New York City
• The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
• McNeese University, Lake Charles, LA
• Hiram College, Hiram, OH
• The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
• Old Songs Festival, Albany, NY
• Stone Soup Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA
• Ashkenaz, San Francisco, CA
• CityFolk Festival, Dayton, OH
• National Folk Alliance Conference
• Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH
• The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
• Kent State Folk Festival, Kent, OH
• Balkan Cabaret, New York City
• The Frick Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
• Capitol A’Fair, Bismarck, ND
• Ozark Cultural Center, Moutainview, AR
• World Music at INSIDE, Cleveland OH
• Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH
• Shepherdstown Music and Dance Concert Series, Shepherdstown, WV
• Ethnic Expo, Columbia, IN
• Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
• Berkeley Springs State Park, WV
• Golden Festival, New York City
• Little Bucharest, Chicago, IL
• Hungaria House, New York City
• Bratislava-Cleveland Sister Cities Gala
• Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference
• Balkan Music and Dance Workshop, Ramblewood, MD
• Live Concert on WCPN Cleveland Public Radio, Cleveland, OH
• Live Concert on KUT Austin Public Radio, Austin Texas
• Ornaments & Icing, National broadcast - National Public Radio

CHERES Ukrainian Instrumental Ensemble 1992-2000
Performer and soloist on the cimbalom (tsymbaly), in the United States and Ukraine
• Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, NY
• Folk Parks'97 sponsored by Manhattan Ethnic Folk Art Center
• Music in Abe Lebewohl Park 1997 sponsored by New York Council of the Arts
• Worldfest 1996 sponsored by MetLife in cooperation with Grand Central Partnership
• Garden State Arts Festival 1996
• Annual 7th Street Ukrainian Festival New York City, 1993, 1994, 1995
• Ukrainian National Festival Morristown, NJ, 1995
• Mayana Gallery featuring Nana Matvienko, Honored Artist of Ukraine, New York City 1995
• Crosby Street Gallery Concert for World Peace (sponsored by Sri Chinmoy, NYC 1994)
• 8th International Cultural Celebration International Cultures Mission of the UN, NYC 1993
• Connecticut State Ukrainian Day Festival Stamford, CT 1992
• Appeared on NBC Channel 4 NYC 1997

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES:
Ukrainian Museum, NYC 2010
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH 2010
Charlotte White’s Salon De Virtuosi, Consulate General of Hungary 2009
Django Fest, Mill Valley CA 2006
Cleveland Hungarian Museum, Cleveland, OH 2003
Blue Note, NYC 1997
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA 1997
Carnegie Hall NYC, 1995

CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES:
• New York Philharmonic Avery Fisher Hall: Soloist for Inside the Music Concert 2009
• Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra: Performer and soloist Háry János Suite, Zoltán Kodály 2007
• Cleveland Orchestra: Performer and soloist Lord of the Rings Symphony 2006
• Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra: Soloist Háry János Suite, Zoltán Kodály 2001
• CIM Orchestra: Soloist Háry János Suite, Zoltán Kodály 2003
• Pittsburgh Symphony: Performer and soloist Lord of the Rings Symphony
• Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Performer and soloist Lord of the Rings Symphony
• Orchestra Nashville: Performer and soloist Istiqbal Gathering 2007
• Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra: Soloist Carpathian Concerto by Mykola Kolessa 1996
• Cleveland Orchestra: Soloist György Kurtág quasi una fantasia
• New York Chamber Ensemble, Soloist György Kurtág quasi una fantasia
• Johnstown Symphony, Soloist Háry János Suite, Zoltán Kodály 2001
• CSU Symphony Orchestra, Soloist Háry János Suite, Zoltán Kodály 1999
• The Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Soloist Háry János Suite, Zoltán Kodály 1995

DISCOGRAPHY:
Harmonia-Hidden Legacy (Folk Sounds Records) CD 2012
Kid Mountain soundtrack DVD 2009
Obcina soundtrack DVD 2006
Papa Duke (Double A Entertainment) CD 2006
Herbie Mann and Sonna Terra (Lightyear) CD 2007
We are one (LLP Global Enterprises) 2007
Chanukah is Freylekh (The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble) CD 2006
Kruno-Gypsy Jazz Guitar (Gypsy Jazz Distribution) CD 2006
Hazmat Modine Bahamut (Dig) Barbes CD 2006
The Skull Key soundtrack 2004
Forest Song (Folk Sounds Records) CD 2004
Stempenyu's Dream (Steven Greenman) CD 2004
Harmonia Music of Eastern Europe CD (Traditional Crossroads) 2003
The Art of the Cimbalom (Traditional Crossroads) CD 2003
Crossing Paths (Folk Sounds Records) CD 2003
Balkanalia (EEFC) CD 2003
Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart (The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble) CD2003
The Truth About Charlie DVD soundtrack 2002
Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me (The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble) CD2002
Kuda Idu Godine (Peter Kosovec) CD 2002
Gypsy Killer, (Sanda Weigl) CD 2002
Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors (Folk Sounds Records) CD 2001
Mama's Lullaby (Ellipsis Arts) CD 2001
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra) CD2001
Nigel Pulsford Heavenly Toast on the Paradise Road (The Orchard) CD 2000
Skin (Siam Records) CD 2000
Ciganska Krčma: In a Gypsy Café (Folk Sounds Records) CD 2000
Pastures of plenty (Vanaver Caravan) CD 2000
Gyökereínk (Életfa Hungarian Folk Ensemble) CD 1999
Balkans without Borders (Omnium Records) CD 1998
Cimbalom Traditions (Folk Sounds Records) CD 1998
The World in Our Backyard (Chubby Dragon) CD 1998
Cheres - From the Mountains to the Steppes (B Sharp Records) CD 1998
Unblocked (Ellipsis Records) CD 1997
Klezsqueese (Bon Air) CD 1996
Over My Dead Body TV series soundtrack 1994
Namysto Dlia Berehyni soundtrack 1991
Pisne Kalynova soundtrack 1989

FILM/VIDEO RECORDINGS:
Skin Siam Records DVD VHS 2000
60th Anniversary of the Tamburitzans of Duquesne University VHS 1996-1997
Cheres A Carpathian Folk Ensemble VHS 1995
Namysto Dlia Berehyni Ukrainian Musical Film 1991
Pisne Kalynova Ukrainian Movie 1989

PRODUCER FOR FOLK SOUNDS RECORDS:
Harmonia-Hidden Legacy CD FSR 1010
Alchymeia FSR CD 1009
Bogdan Filimon FSR CD 1008
Certovo Remeslo CD FSR 1007
Voice of the Taragot CD FSR 1006
Forest Song CD FSR 1005
Crossing Paths CD FSR 1004
Dances of Macedonia and the Balkans CD FSR 1003
Shadows of Our 
Ancestors CD FSR 1002
Cimbalom Traditions CD FSR 1001

ARTISAN:
1985-present
Makes authentic folk instruments (cimbalom (tsymbaly) nai (panflute), kaval, sopilka, frilka, dentsivka, dvodentsivka, telenka, zholomega). Additional folk instruments are advertised through website www.AlexanderFedoriouk.com

Cimbalom: The hammered dulcimer of East Europe, It exists in several forms in Eastern Europe. It was developed into a chromatic, four and a half octave concert instrument in mid 19th century Hungary by the instrument maker Schunda. The player can vary the sound by using different kinds of sticks and also by using pizzicato techniques and harmonics.
Nai, (panflute): An ancient folk instrument, it consists of 25 pipes joined together, each of which produces one sound.
Sopilka: A wooden shepherd.s flute with ten holes from Ukraine.
Fujara: A 6-7 foot long, 3 holed, b*ass fipple flute from Slovakia.
Tylynka, Tilincã : A simple folk flute from the Carpathian mountains with neither fipple nor holes; the player depends on overtones to play melodies.
Drymba: a jaw harp with a free beating metal tongue.
Zozulka: a ceramic, globular flute, similar to the ocarina.
Frula, Fluier: a small six-holed shepherd.s flute.
Dvodencivka: a double flute that allows the player to play in harmony.
Gajdice: A double pipe with reeds and and cowhorn bells, with a sound reminiscent of bagpipes.
Buben: A large, two headed drum topped with a cymbal, played throughout eastern Europe. The instrument is a key part of the Ukrainian mountain music called troyista muzyka.

PRESS QUOTES:
”At the Goldman Theater, the Cleveland-based band Harmonia spurred toe tapping and hand clapping with Eastern European folk music. For more than an hour, Harmonia's virtuosic musicians spun through melodies and songs from Romania, Ukraine, Croatia and Slovakia. Using various combinations of instruments -- violin, accordion, cimbalom (a 250-pound predecessor of the hammered dulcimer), flutes, string bass and voices -- Harmonia generated music ranging from the pastoral setting of a lonesome shepherd's flute tune to the rhythmic evocation of a rustic circle dance. Alexander Fedoriouk hammered his trapezoidal cimbalom with impressive velocity...”
GRACE JEAN, The Washington Post, June 17, 2005

“Cleveland’s Best Ethnic Band: Harmonia the spirited group… specializes in lusty arrangements of East European roots music.”
HARVEY PEKAR, Cleveland Splendor: The Plain Dealer’s Guide to Northeast Ohio’s Best, March 5, 2004

“Obscenely talented’. is the best description I can come up with. As jaded as I am from hearing a lot of this stuff, Harmonia made my mouth open speechlessly, and my eyes stare trying to comprehend how the music I was hearing could possibly be produced by mere mortals.”
CHARLIE BAUM, Folklore Society of Greater Washington, December, 2001

“Brilliant. Lush. Dazzling. Soulful. All true, but still insufficient to evoke the passion and exhilaration, the melancholy and triumph, that a Harmonia performance evokes. Each individual musician is stunningly virtuosic; together, they weave such a complex layer of richly textured sound that the only thing one can liken it to is the finest of traditional oriental rugs.”
JUDY BARLAS, SingOut! Magazine, Spring 2001

“....I can’t express enough my appreciation of Fedoriouk.s remarkable and truly unusual talent - a talent that is very difficult to find here in the United States. His mastery of his instrument, the cimbalom, is most refined....”
HERBIE MANN, May 2000

”Harmonia is a select group of American and Eastern European musicians who blend Hungarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Croatian influences. The seven-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, cimbalom, taragot, and pan flute. Its rhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied. Imagine the energy of the Pogues, only with a female singer and no drummer. Beata Begeniova, from eastern Slovakia, has a voice as beautiful as her smile. A joy by any standard.”
JASON BRACELIN, Cleveland Scene, July 10, 2002

“.... they kicked things off with a short but impressive set of Romanian Gypsy music , ... allowing [the] sweetly passionate violin to soar... Things really got cooking when Fedoriouk took hammers to cimbalom. His fiery playing was jaw-droppingly fast, evoking gasps from the audience.”
PEGGY J. LATKOVICH, The Cleveland Free Times, September 11, 1999

CD Review of Harmonia : Music of Eastern Europe (Traditional Crossroads)
“Harmonia has been dazzling audiences in Cleveland and around the world for years with high-energy performances. They capture that spirit on Music of Eastern Europe, a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and dance music from Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and all points in between. Anyone who's seen the band live knows of the virtuosity of cimbalom player Alexander Fedoriouk. Combining the spotless technique of classical music with Gypsy passion, Harmonia is one of Cleveland's treasures.” Selected as one of the top ten albums of 2003

PEGGY LATKOVICH The Cleveland Free Times, December 31, 2003

CD Review of Cimbalom Traditions. (Traditional Crossroads)
“Ukrainian cimbalom master Alexander Fedoriouk is the featured soloist on the album of rollicking traditional music performed by Harmonia... the musicians sound as wild and free as an authentic Gypsy band. They dig into melancholy sentiments, improvise expressively on traditional rubato forms and periodically take off on their own virtuosity. Skillful with syncopated rhythms and asymmetrical phrases, the players plug into the energy and excitement of music from a rich variety of Eastern European traditions..”
WILMA SALISBURY, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 6, 2001

”Harmonia, brought haunting resonance to music from a region that has suffered intolerable atrocities ... violin, accordion and vocalist overflowed with bittersweet sentiments and proud, folkloric gestures. The musicians captured the heartfelt emotions with the directness of cabaret players performing for a select audience.”
DONALD ROSENBERG, August 6, 1999 The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“.... driving, urban roots music .....”
THE KNITTING FACTORY, January 1997, New York City.

 

 

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