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Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Oct 4th 2015 4.00pm–6.00pm
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Time zone: central
Dona Dumitru Siminica “Osoreia, orbaro (Pădure, pădure mare)”
from Comori ale muzicii lautaresti - Dona Dumitru Siminica (Electrecord www.electrecord.ro 2009) —The man was famous for his slow songs, all sung in falsetto. He was highly respected, and was the only Roma singer to record songs in Romany (the "Gypsy language"), as you can here here.
Romica Puceanu & Toni Iordache “Intr-o joi de dimineața”
from Sounds From A Bygone Age Vol.4 (Asphalt Tango www.asphalt-tango.de 2007) —my favorite piece of all time, when it comes to Lăutăr music. The best singer, with the greatest cimbalom player. How he keeps up this pace for 6 minutes is amazing.
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper “The Orange Blossom Special”
from On Down The Line (Compass www.compassrecords.com 2014) —Bluegrass usually deals in strophic songs, but occasionally you get fast pieces that usually have only motifs against an almost drone- like chord base, with the instrumental background shooting along furiously. this is the classic of the genre. Michael
Taraful George Udila “Pe Drumul Mănăstiresc”
from Inimioara Inimioara (Societana Română de Radiodifuziune 1999) —"On the Monasery Road", an old slow Lăutăr song, here presented as an instrumental. Listen, however, to the lightning speed accompaniment, designed to heighten the emotional intensity of the song.
Loredana Groza “Marioara De La Gorj (Mary From Gorj)”
from Agurida (Murfatlar Music 2001) —Most of the musicians on this show have passed away or are no long performing, but this singer shows that the style is not dead, and neither is she. She was born in 1970 and became a pop singer. At one point she got into Muzică Lăutărească and put out a
Romica Puceanu “Saraiman”
from Da-Mi, Boierule, Nevasta (Elecrecord 1999) —This is a show devoted to muzica lăutăreasca, The music of the urban Roma of Bucharest in Romania. It was all but suppressed during the Ceaușescu era, which regarded it as "non-Romanian" and "Gypsy Music", even though it could have occured nowhere else.
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