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Old 02-17-2015, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Badass Lăutari band from Clejani, Romania.


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Old 02-18-2015, 08:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is legit awesome. You and your video are both quality, cucumber. Welcome to the best part of MB, and please don't go! I almost feel like I've heard the song before somewhere. Do you know if it's used in any mainstream stuff I might have seen? Also: are you Romanian?

Omg! I fgured out where I have heard something similar:



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Old 02-18-2015, 12:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the kind words. I'll certainly stick around this forum; I love traditional music. Romani music is one of my passions. I am not Romanian, but I was introduced to this group by my composition teacher, who is from Romania.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the kind words. I'll certainly stick around this forum; I love traditional music. Romani music is one of my passions. I am not Romanian, but I was introduced to this group by my composition teacher, who is from Romania.
That's lovely! So you study composition. I don't know what that's like but I imagine you yourself are an instrumentalist as well? I used to play violin (poorly) but I'd love to get back into it someday.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You should pick it up again. Violin is difficult because you really need to work to get decent tone and intonation, but it is a rewarding instrument. It wouldn't be hard to go to thesession.org, pick out a couple of tunes, and learn to play them. That's what I did when I started learning mandolin back in October (mandolin and violin are tuned the same way).
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the encouragement! It's too bad my violin is far away in Maine right now xD I live in Istanbul. I think I was hesitant to bring it here but I think I'll be here for a while, and I guess I should just bring it over next time I'm there. I do miss it!

By the way, any other Taraf de Haidouks tracks you recommend?
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh, right, the topic. Their music is a way of life. Gypsy musicians develop their skills from an early age. Watch this documentary from 17:20 to see little kids shredding alongside members of the band (and please do watch the rest as well):



(Unfortunately, the only interview is with the producer. Still, a good documentary.)

Their musicianship is incredible and the stock of the music is traditional, so anything you hear is going to be pretty consistent. I like these a lot:

Mugur, Mugurel (Little Buds)


A beautiful song. Originally, the lyrics are about Russian communist tyranny in Moldova (Translation of "Mugur, mugurel" by Tudor Gheorghe from Romanian to English), but I don't think they're singing the same lyrics in this version.

The Return of the Magic Horses


I love this one. So damn fast! At 3:59, the flute (Ney? Kaval?) plays a melody that I've heard before, but in a completely different context (Peruvian folk music, I think). I'll try to find it.

These next two have very rhythmic vocal work:

Dumbala Dumba


Carolina


The only record that I would consider questionable is Maškaradǎ, which is a bunch of arrangements of Gypsy-influenced classical music. It doesn't have the same sincerity to me. That said, this is sick:

Ostinato and Romanian Dance (Béla Bartók)
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I´ve really enjoyed these Taraf de Haidouks clips too. I especially like the metallic percussive thing that comes in about 4 mins into the first clip.
I see what you mean about the last track, which has lost a little of the genuine gypsy sound, but actually that´s probably the first album I´m going to explore. I guess that being a wedding band, it´s necessary to play some fast, furious, joyous music, but I´d be much more interested in some mellower material from them - any suggestions, QC ?
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I especially like the metallic percussive thing that comes in about 4 mins into the first clip.
You mean the cimbalom.

These ones are mellower:

Suita Maškaradǎ


Absinth I Drink You, Absinth I Eat You


Sorrow, My Only Sorrow (Dorul meu e numai dor)


In A Persian Market


Check out "Mugur, Mugurel" in my previous post.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hey, thanks, Quality Cucumber ! That first clip was all that I had hoped for ; a sedate pace and lots of -ahem- cimbalom.
That last track, In a Persian Market, I´ve heard before, but in a rather too smooth classical incarnation. For me, your version strikes just the right balance and confirms that Maskarada is the album for me!

BTW, if you´re interested in Gypsy music, you might like to look at the following thread, started by our very own misspoptart. ( In a furthur by the way, the Latcho Drom movie that Right-Track mentions is quite extraordinary.)

http://www.musicbanter.com/country-f...-chalga-2.html
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