Prague, Czech Republic – Do Tanca (To Dance!) is an album by Czech group Tomás Koèko & Orchestr, which gives another reason to believe that the cultural legacy of our ancestors is worthy of further cultivation and not only to be closed up in the museums.
The group found answers about who they are by researching the folk music legacy of the past generations. Just as L. Janáèek found these answers and Moravian folk music became music of the world through his work. Music of Tomás Koèko confirms the idea that it is worth being from somewhere without feeling ashamed of it.
The album Do tanca! contains 11songs, variations and modifications of Moravian folk dances and original pieces by T. Koèko inspired by folk dances or folk songs. He used both traditional instruments – cymbalo, grumle, violin, contrabass, kontry, gajdy, and instruments used in other music genres, such as acoustic guitars, djembe and small percussion played by many good musicians under the
name of Orchestr. Although the final music form does not avoid touches with other genres, it still is an essentially Moravian music. And it is the source of the power originality of this CD where you can find also a video clip for a song “The Dancer” (“Tanečnica”) directed by Tomáš Hubáček and a dance remix of the song To Dance! (“Do tanca!”) by a famous DJ Boris Carloff.
Tomáš Kočko, also called „walachian Pavlica“ moved from the walachian poet Ladislav Nezdařil (albums Horní chlapci, Do kamene tesané or Ondráš) through collections of folk collectors František Sušil and František Bartoš (album Hodovnice) to his original „world music song to dance“.
- Po valašsky (In Walachian) /intro 0:28
- Hrajte, že mi hrajte (Play that You Play) 4:06
- Do tanca! (To Dance!)3:11
- Všeci se ptaju (Everyone Is Asking) 3:43
- Ti koberšti synci 1:33
- Aj, volaři, volaři 2:36
- Bystra voda (Swift Water) 6:11
- Zbojnicky zvrtek 3:13
- Na horách (In the Mountains) 6:28
- Gigula 2:52
- Tanečnica (The Dancer) 4:05
- Po valašsky (In Walachian)2:02
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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.