San Francisco (California), USA – The world’s leading Balkan Gypsy band returns after six years of studio silence with Maskarada, an album that tackles classical music.
In the early 20th century, many composers drew their inspiration from national folklore, often borrowing from Roma musicians to create their own vision of an exotic and largely imaginary Orient. Things have now been turned around, as one of the world’s leading Gypsy bands have taken hold of classical pieces by Bartok, Khachaturian, Albéniz and more, and have "re-gypsyfied” them, giving them an exhilarating make-over.Starting out in a concert hall, Maskarada takes the listener through various stages which inevitably lead back to the type of repertoire for which the Taraf de Haidouks are known and loved. The group first moves imperceptibly into a cabaret, where Gypsy musicians have long been adapting classical pieces to entertain their audiences during the early hours of the night.
Listeners are treated to a piece featuring distinguished singer/cimbalom player Virginica Dumitru (the first-ever female Taraf guest instrumentalist) and an interpretation of Les Portes de la Nuit (written by French composer Kosma for the sound track of the eponymous 1946 film by Marcel Carne). The mood gradually heats up and the album closes with a wild finale.
Taraf de Haidouks recordings available:
- In North America: Band of Gypsies 2, Musique des Tziganes de Roumanie, Honourable Brigands, Magic Horses and Evil Eye, Dumbala Dumba, Taraf de Haidouks, Band of Gypsies, Maskarada, Continuing Adventure of Taraf De Haidouks
- In Europe: Band of Gypsies 2, The Continuing Adventures of Taraf De Haidouks: Live, Dumbala Dumba, Taraf De Haidouks, Band of Gypsies, Musique Des Tsiganes De Roumanie, Honourable Brigands Magic Horses and Evil Eye, Maskarada
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.