A Podolian Affair (Oriente Musik, 2007)
As in other parts of the world, Ukraine has its families of musicians who entertain participants at weddings and other celebrations. In the region of Podolia, which is near the Moldavian border, there is the village of Zagnitkiv. This is the home of a family of musicians, the Baranovskys, who play a repertory that incorporates the various musical influences in the area, Ukrainian melodies, Moldovan tunes, Klezmer songs, Gypsy folklore and Russian music.
The current generations of the Baranovskys have a band called Konsonans Retro that carries on the family the tradition. Konsonans Retro describes itself as a Ukrainian World Village Band. Their style on their latest CD, A Podolian Affair , is jovial and fast paced, based on the sounds of the accordion, frenzied and prevailing brass, vocals and drums.
The younger Baranovskys now live in the town of Kodyma, which is not far from Zagnitkiv. There, they are able to rehearse with their cousins, who are also members of the group.
This CD is currently only available from Europe. Buy A Podolian Affair.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.