Yupanqui/Cherkassow. Gordon says: Sergei Cherkassow escaped from his native Bulgaria (at the second try) and lived next door to me in my Philadelphia winters. The Khalmyks brought him to me, and for a couple of years, music and food were our common languages. This is one of the tunes he taught me. When he had learned enough “English” from me and my Khalmyk and Russian friends, he told me that the great Argentinian guitarist/singer/songwriter Arahualpa Yupanqui had played this tune at a concert in Bulgaria which Sergei had attended.
This is Sergie’s remembrance of the tune, which he worked out for two guitars. He taught me both parts before he was killed in an auto accident. The way Cindy and I play it is pretty improvisational. The original tune (which Nick Apollonio found) is called “La Andariega.” It’s a great tune, too, but different.
Nylon 6-string guitars: Gordon and CindySergei’s Yupanqui Tune