Partnership with Madonna
Sasha and Vadim Kolpakov have traveled extensively as performers, both together and separately. Their tour destinations have included North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as all of the cities in Madonna’s 2008-2009 Sticky and Sweet Tour.
The Kolpakovs were prominently featured as soloists in Madonna’s show, and their advocacy resulted in the pop star’s decision to make a statement on behalf of Romani rights in Romania.
The Kolpakov family project came full circle when Sasha’s grandson, the academically trained guitarist Sasha Kolpakov, Jr., became a protégé of his uncle Vadim. All three Kolpakovs have played repertoire ranging from centuries-old Romani pieces and Western art works to popular styles and their own compositions. They have made several albums in various genres and configurations.