Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, World Music, Pop
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Robert Carlberg | Seattle | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eppler, as a young man, toured Eastern Europe with the Bulgarian National Ensemble. He played a solo concert at Carnegie Hall on his 25th birthday. He has won numerous awards for his fiery balalaika playing, from all over the world. Toured North America, Asia and Europe with, among others, the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, the Aman Folk Ensemble and his own Alex Eppler Group. Also founded a music school in Haskovo, Bulgaria. On this his only solo album (so far) he plays a selection of traditional and original duets for balalaika and acoustic guitar (with Kimbal Dykes, guitar). In concert he is a riveting presence.
As if this weren't enough, Eppler is also a world-class cimbalom player, and has won almost as many awards and accolades for this other career.
And if that isn't enough, he is ALSO one of the world's foremost flute-makers from his base in Seattle, having made and sold wooden flutes for all of the world's great virtuosos.
In person he is modest and genuinely warm. That's the only thing that makes it impossible to hate him for his unbelievable brilliance.