Traveling Gypsy Masters

 Gypsy Caravan
Gypsy Caravan
Various Artists

Gypsy Caravan (World Village, 2007)

Gypsy Caravan is the companion CD to the Gypsy Caravan film. Released in 2007, the Gypsy Caravan documentary follows several leading Gypsy [also known as Roma and Gitanos] artists on tour in North America and on location in their countries of origin. Following the path that many think Gypsies followed, the musicians selected include Rajasthani band Maharaja; Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia; the "Queen of the Gyposies," Macedonian Esma Redzepova; Romanian Gypsy superstars Taraf de Haidouks, and Spain’s Antonio "El Pipa" Flamenco Company.

As a soundtrack CD, the album includes a variety of musical pieces, ranging from studio recordings to live performances and even dance-oriented remixes. There is the festive music of Maharaja, which uses vocals, reeds, drums and harmonium; the spectacular brass sounds of Fanfare Ciocarlia, the rich ensemble sound led by violins and cimbaloms of Taraf de Haidouks, the smokey club feel of Esma Redzepova, and the polar opposites of passionate Flamenco: festive celebrations and the "cante jondo’ deep anguish.

The CD booklet comes with a detailed description of the film process. It also includes a letter from actor Johnny Depp, addressed to two Gypsy children, Alex and Christopher, supporting the cause of the Roma.

Buy the CD, Gypsy Caravan.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.