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PRESS RELEASE


Indianapolis Recording/Performing Artist “Chrissy Wolkoff” Teams Up With Well Known Producer “Mike Vlahopol” from Bucharest, Romania via the Internet.

Envisions Marketing Group recognizes Chrissy Wolkoff and Mike Vlahopol.

   Although nearly 5000 miles apart, they have been jointly recording/ producing a Music CD via the internet where they teamed up initially through the widely recognized “MySpace” networking website.  **Chrissy will be leaving the states for Bucharest, Romania March 6th to finish up her recording which includes original tunes with her own Lyrics and Mike's compositions.

   Chrissy has been performing in the Indianapolis scene for nearly eight years now. She has performed with Variety cover/ original bands such as Frontline, Paradox, and currently with “Chrissy and HardRide Express”. **Chrissy was interviewed by* Liviu Serbanescu*-*editor in Chief Leading News Paper in Romania* and obtained a half page article to the *La Strada newspaper* which was placed on the same page of an article of the Prime Minister.

** Mike Vlahopol* labeled by the music industry as the "String Wizard" and owns *Star Media Productions* in Bucharest, Romania, and has worked with many well-known artist such as, * Steve Vai*, * White Snake*, *Uriah Heep*, *Deep Purple*, just to mention a few.

**He has appeared in featured articles, not only in the music press, but in widely published news papers in Romania has such as: “Romania Libera”, “Evenimentul Zilei”, “Evenimentul Muzical”, “National”, “Libertatea”, “Cotidianul”, “V.I.P. – Magazin”, “Capital”, “Vox Pop Rock” along with others. **Included as backup vocals on Chrissy’s CD, are Cheryl Richardson from Indianapolis and Gabi Onila from Bucharest, Romania.

**The Music Industry is more than contending with its corporate partners, enabling worldwide communications and highly technical communications via the World Wide Web.

**Press Release written by Cheryl Richardson of Envisions Marketing Group

 

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ADEVARUL DE SEARA - Tuesday 12th of April 2011

Mike Vlahopol - EL Maggo

 

Review by Raluca Curteanu    
Mike Vlahopol - The Magician Guitar Player!
He is the founder of The Crossroads Band, and his shows are spiced with closeup magic numbers.


He started to play guitar durring high-school when he started his first band. That happend in 1986 and the band name was “Safir”. The chords were comming out form a 5$ uds, Russian 7 string guitar. In the mean time he learned to build his own electric guitars.


From Rock to Blues
“In that period guitars were either very hard to find, or very expansive. So, I improvised a very small workshop in my livingroom and I build my own electric guitars for personal use or for very close friends”, sais Mike. Now he’s got Read-Head, a 4.000 euro limited edition guitar, but he would like to restart building guitars. In the beggining he played hard-rock than heavy metal, later on white metal (Christian Rock Music), and now his band plays generaly for “corporate people”: blues, rock, funk, pop-dance. “Our public is generally around 30-35 years old. We play songs from Robbie Williams, Scorpions, ACDC, Donna Summer or even ”Oh, That’s My Life” (a very hated Romanian song). When I anounce this song they all start to say “Boooo” than i start by playing “It’s My Life” from Bon Jovi than they all go extasic when they see it was only a joke”, sais Mike.
With a  stature built in the years when he was playing professional Rugby added to his 25 years of experience, Mike manages to transform any show into an unforgetable moment. The spiced up moment is when he takes out a deck of playing cards and starts making closeup magic numbers. “I grew up with Leonard Iosefini and i believe he is the one that made me fall in love with magic” Mike tells us. He never goes out anywhere without few deck of cards and his red scarf which he makes it disapeear in his hand. Many times the public is astonished by his magic and they ask for more until the concerts is about to change into a magic show.


He Played in More Than 20 Bands
He started different musical projects or played with more than 20 bands like Foisorul de Foc, Ad-Hoc (band which always changed a member to keep up with the name), Karisma, Requiem, Split Blues Band, or the mainstream bands like Animal X, 3SE, Cristiana Raduta, Exist or Of the Lord. Right after the Revolution he became interested about show-biz and because of his English he colaborated with promoters to organize shows for The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Michael Jackson or Julio Iglesias and many others.

Since July 2010 Mike Vlahopol is recognized officialy as an representative endorser of the guitar brand D’Addario Strings for which Mike wishes to thank Marco Soccoli. Mike is hoping that his son Mikey to follow him and love music. “When he was three months old we took him to one of my concerts and he slept the whole time. As we finished playing he started to cry” Mike sais.
Questions and Answers
Generally you paly covers, when should we wait for an original album?
We are working on it. It will be an album which will be launched in Germany because we intend to transform it into an international project. For every show we intend to have an international star to join the band.

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Mike Vlahopol - String Wizard

 

“He collaborated and played with anyone who proposed him or asked for help. From a session musician to band leader or just a simple member of a band, with bands like: Foisorul de Foc, Harvest of Soul, Contrast, Of the Lord one of his preferate bands which used to play white-metal band which made it even to American tops made for eastern countries. Now he will start collaboration with a young group S.O.S. playing alternative rock with different influences. We are talking about the guitar player Mike Vlahopol well known and appreciated in the Romanian show-biz for his special technique of playing guitar. Ever since the beginning the artist being autodidact starting with the age of 15 managed to play the guitar in many strange physical positions, “There are moments of improvisation. Parts of a song are really inspiring to me and this way of expressing and interpreting comes by it self. I have practiced a lot tough” told us Mike Vlahopol.

He’s got a guitar originally signed by Steve Vai

If by the age of 15 he was playing a seven string Russian guitar, now Mike has an Ibanez limited version. “I have bought it in Cyprus for 2,000 US $ but now that has the original Steve Vai signature it’s worthy about 10,000 US$ I’ve been told”. When Steve Vai was in Romania Mike Vlahopol was his translator and the guitar with the original famous signature will be soon able to be seen on www.mikev.home.ro (in the mean time the address has changed to a new one www.vlahopol.ro). Mike Vlahopol is now negotiating with Zone Records for a new album and he got few songs already done in his own studio where he is composing and recording for other hip-hop and dance bands as well. For the last Bambi album for instance Mike worked on more than half of the album. Lately the artist is thinking more of starting a solo carrier because even if he tried hard to make a band, he didn’t find colleagues which wouldn’t miss or skip rehearsals”.

MIKE VLAHOPOL - a string wizard

Interview by Cornelia Ciobanica in “Evenimentul Muzical”

14-20 December 2001, issue No.9

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Indianapolis Star

 

INDIANAPOLIS STAR - USA
Upfront - Meeting through the magic of my space

Indianapolis-based singer Chrissy Wolkof is making music with European collaborator and she credits networking web-site MySpace.com for the connection. Romania native Mike Vlahopol, a flashy guitarist in the tradition of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, is scheduled to arrice Monday in the United States. Wolkof and Vlahopol, who have formed a band called U're Nxt, plan to finish work on an album they started earlier this year in Romania. Vlahopol left a comment last November on Wolkoff's MySpace page, expressing an intrest in hearing her sing. Wolkoff, who performs with local cover band Chrissy & Hard Ride Express, says she and the guitarist woudn't have crossed paths without the internet. "I was not expecting this to happen", she says. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/lionessandsharky.

by David Lindquist

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La Strada 

 

LA STRADA - Bucharest Newspaper

Romanian Compositions for Native American Cherokee Indian from Indianapolis USA.

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7 Plus

 

7 Plus - Daily National

Mike Vlahopol congratulated by Garry King - Drummer of Joe Lynn Turner (2009-2010) - also worked with Guitar Legend Jeff Beck & Paul McCartney

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TZ's Cotton Club - Evenimentul Muzical

 

Mike put together Tz's Band specialy for The Cotton Club

- Non-Stop Concerts in Cotton Club -

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Bravo Magazine

 

Bravo - International Music Magazine
- 10 Years Party in Juke Box Club -