Two Guitars


Yellow Line

Oleg Timofeyev: Co-founder and Artistic Director

Oleg 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 1983, he has been performing early music on original instruments of the plucked family (lute, guitar). In 1989 this interest brought him to the U.S. where he studied with Patrick O'Brien, James Tyler, and Hopkinson Smith.

Timofeyev's recording debut occurred in 1999 with a solo lute album (The Wandering Lutenist, Centaur 2409) and the groundbreaking The Golden Age of the Russian Guitar (DOR 93170). A reviewer for Guitar Player wrote: "The Golden Age of the Russian Guitar succeeds on many levels - emotional, technical, historical - and is essential listening for anyone who is passionate about guitar." The German magazine Gitarre & Laute granted this recording five stars out of five, while the British journal Classical Guitar stated that "Timofeyev emerges as a specialist player of the highest order." In 2000 Timofeyev recorded The Golden Age of the Russian Guitar, Vol. 2 (DOR 93203), which was received equally warmly. He has toured widely in the United States and Europe.

To collect the scores for a forthcoming album of Russian women composers of the 18th century, Dr. Timofeyev coordinated a two-year-long search in the libraries of the world, ranging from Moscow to New York and from Copenhagen to Kiev. He is preparing several more discs of little-known Russian music of the 18th century for release with his group Talisman. As a recipient of a Fulbright award for the 2001--02 academic year, Timofeyev taught seminars in historical performance practice at the Maimonides Classical State Academy in Moscow and conducted research in Russian libraries and archives.

In 2009, Dr. Timofeyev received another Fulbright Scholarship and is currently teaching and doing research in Kiev.

Sabine Gölz: Co-Founder and Executive Director

Sabine I. Gölz is associate professor at the University of Iowa's Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. A literary scholar and theorist working in several languages (German, English, Russian, French) and media, she is especially fascinated in the movement between languages, semiotic systems, thinking-styles, and media, and explores these both theoretically and in practice. She is the author of The Split Scene of Reading: Nietzsche/ Derrida/ Kafka/ Bachmann (Humanities Press, 1998). Her articles on literary and theoretical issues texts as well as on the urban semiotics of Moscow have appeared in Germanic Review, New German Critique, SubStance, Public Culture, and Benjamin-Studien, as well as in numerous edited volumes. Current projects focus on manuscripts by Franz Kafka and by Walter Benjamin. Her photographic projects have been exhibited in Moscow, Paris, and various locations in the US. As part of ArbatFilm, Gölz has also been producing documentary videos. She is camera-operator, video-editor, and co-director of ArbatFilm's first (and award-winning) documentary, Frautschi. Several new documentaries are in progress, one of them (Mrii pro Mynule, on early music in Ukraine) is in post-production.

William Reisinger: President

Professor William Reisinger, who joined The University of Iowa faculty in 1985, serves as president of IARMAC's Board of Directors. Reisinger teaches in the Political Science Department; and previously served as Department Chair, Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and, from 2003-2008, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs. His research and teaching covers politics and foreign policy in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He conducted research for his dissertation during the 1983-1984 academic year in Moscow, and continues to travel frequently to Russia. Reisinger's publications include Energy and the Soviet Bloc (1992); Can Democracy Take Root in Post-Soviet Russia? (1998); and The 1999-2000 Elections in Russia (2003), and recent articles have appeared in Slavic Review, Representative Power (published by the Russian State Duma) and Democratization.

John Reitz: Vice-President

John Reitz currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer of the IARMAC Board of Directors. He is the Edward L. Carmody Professor of Law and the Director of the Masters Program and Visiting Scholars at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he has been teaching since 1983. He has previously served as the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs at the law school. His research and teaching focuses on comparative law, so that he spends a great deal of time teaching foreign lawyers and law students about U.S. law and teaching U.S. lawyers and law students about foreign legal systems. In that capacity, he has lectured or given short courses of study in a variety of countries, including since the late 1990s, a number of Russian, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European law faculties. One focus for his research has concerned the projects of democratization and strengthening the rule of law in Russia and other post-communist countries, a project on which William Reisinger got him started in the early 1990s when they collaborated with a group of UI and Grinnell scholars on Democratic Theory and Post-Communist Change (Robert Grey, ed., 1997). One of his publications in recent years appeared in Representative Power (published by the Russian State Duma). Perhaps more germane to his activities on IARMAC's board, Reitz is an avid student of languages, having studied Russian informally since high school. He has also studied recorder and early music with Oleg Timofeyev and collects world music avidly wherever his travels take him.

Ciuin-Ferrin: Community Relations

Ciuin Ferrin is a life-long resident of Cedar Rapids. Ciuin is of Romani decent and is currently working towards a BA in Romani Studies with a Minor in Russian Studies at the University of Iowa. She also speaks as a Romani Holocaust educator in schools around the Midwest. As a freelance writer, she has served as facilitator of the Cedar Rapids-based Noble Pen Writer's Group and writes articles that appear in regional publications. She has recently completed a novel tracing the life of a Romani man fighting in the underground during WWII and is also writing the biography of Russian seven-string guitarist, Vadim Kolpakov. In addition, Ferrin writes for the organization, The Assembly of Roma.

Debbie Wright

Bio coming soon.

Rey Mehlhorn: Webmistress

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IARMAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of the Russian seven-string guitar and the performance of Russian and Eastern European music, dance, and poetry.