Gitango (ARC Music, 2013)
Pairing the rowdy good fun of gypsy music with the lush poignancy of Argentinian tango, Zingaros’s second recording Gitango is available on the ARC Music label. With their 2010 debut recording Cirkari-Bypsy Music from Eastern Europe under their collective belt, Zingaro is back to serve up the thirteen spicy tracks on Gitango that seamlessly melds the extravagantly rich musical traditions of Eastern European gypsies with the passionate twists and turns of the tango. Gitango soothes, riles and wraps up the listener with such wild abandon that many will succumb to a spirited turn on the dance floor.
Zingaros members guitarist, vocalist, balalaika and bouzouki player Alejandro Montero; violinist, percussionist and vocalist David Macchione and accordionist Alexander Garate capture the listener by way of their musical emotionalism and their tight, neat sound that owes as much to passion as it does to precision.
Rollicking good tracks like “Orientes,” “Seven Sisters” and live version of “Limonchiki” thrum with a thread of barely contained vivacity. Tracks like the sassy “Kako Si So Sam,” the charming live version of “Peter” and their dazzling version of “Ojos Negros” are sure to fan favorites. Another gem is “Czarda de Monti” that exudes poignant longing and dizzyingly energy by turns. Other goodies include “Gitangueando” and the darkly worked “La Espera.”
Sharply worked tracks and lush musical phrasing of guitar, violin and accordion speaks to the blend of gypsy with the tango, but what makes Gitango irresistible is the utter joy of these musicians that ekes through to the listener on each and every track. This musical kaleidoscope brims over with clever musicianship, potent emotionalism and flat out good fun.
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