Unrivaled Tambal Performer

Toni Iordache

Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 4 (Asphalt Tango, 2007)

The Asphalt Tango label is doing a tremendous job by releasing high quality recordings of Romanian music. This time they have unearthed recordings by master instrumentalist Toni Iordache, who played the tambal, a hammered dulcimer of Eastern origin.

The recordings on Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 4 were made between 1964 and 1980. Iordache was born in 1942 in the village of Bildana, near Bucharest. His father was a tambal player and young Toni Iordache was able to practice on a smaller portable version of the dulcimer. He soon became a master of the tambal.

The music on Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 4 reflects the charm of the lautari, the professional musicians of Romania who played at all kinds of events, including weddings. Iordache went beyond the wedding circuit and rose to fame with the Romanian radio folk music ensemble, showcasing his rapid fire virtuosity.


On Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 4, Iordache is joined by an impressive cast of instrumentalists who play accordion, violin and silky trumpet along with the tambal.

Buy Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 4.

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 TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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.