Klezmer Carpathian Music (ARC music, 2007 )
Polish band Transkapela specializes in the Jewish folk music of the Carpathians, which includes Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. Jewish music from that part of Europe has many connections with Gypsy music. Both ethnicities had groups of wandering musicians in the 19th and 20th that played at weddings, town fairs and other events.
Transkapela is formed by virtuosos Ewa Wasilewska on violin, Maciej Filipczuk on violin and trumpet fiddle, Piotr Pniewski on cello and drum, and Robert Wasilevski on cimbalom, viola, kaval, tilinka and gordon.
The excellent selection of pieces includes festive wedding music, traditional folk tunes, horas, waltzes and dances. Al the music comes from Carpathian sources, with new arrangements created by the band.
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.