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Taraf: Romanian Gypsy Music
Various Artists
Taraf: Romanian Gypsy Music
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Village musicians from the Romanian counties of Ialomata, Giugiu, and Teleorman interpret Gypsy and local music accompanied by violin, accordion, dulcimer (cymbalum), cobza, and double bass. "Old songs" (doine), epic poems...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Taraf: Romanian Gypsy Music
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Music Of The World
Release Date: 8/27/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe, Eastern Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093785013723

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Village musicians from the Romanian counties of Ialomata, Giugiu, and Teleorman interpret Gypsy and local music accompanied by violin, accordion, dulcimer (cymbalum), cobza, and double bass. "Old songs" (doine), epic poems of yore that are freely open to interpretation, "new songs" (which may be a mere 150 years old), and wedding rituals are mingled together as in real life, which is written loud and clear over these rough-hewn performances. Love, Life, and Death are the subjects of these nine examples, ranging from the stanza-length hora (just over a minute) to the extended and quite ribald wedding songs (up to 20 minutes long) that run the gamut of emotional experience. The difference between pure Gypsy music and local repertoire is blurred to all except aficionados and musicologists, and in the face of these life-affirming living legacies of song and dance, quite redundant. --Derek Rath
 

CD Reviews

Trust me - you need this!
rodney23 | 03/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like nothing you've every heard before (I mean that in a GOOD way), but also like everything you've every heard before - but in it's "ferral" state. It's hard to describe this type of music, but I'll give it my best shot: Most of the songs start slowly, then build to a frantic pace. When the violins come in, it's like musical wrecking crew tearing down everything that you thought you knew about structure. The bass lines are otherworldy and the vocalists sing like their lives depend on holding the audiences' attention (In fact, on traditional song involes all of the instuments fighting for the audiences' attention) Is it Folk? Rock? Country? Goth? The answer is yes. Oh, you also can't live without TARAF DE HAIDOUKS !"
Nice CD
Sorinel Kerekes | Winthrop, U.S.A | 01/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am Romanian my self and I just purchased this CD. It is a great CD and the lyrics touched my hart. If you like more details about this CD please visit my web site."
This is NOT a Taraf de Haidouks album
ritasteve | Los Angeles, CA USA | 05/17/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Although the word "Taraf" appears in the title of this album, this is NOT an album by the band Taraf de Haidouks, nor does it claim to be. It is a compilation of Rom tunes by village musicians."