Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Feb 26th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
duet Divna Gieva - Dušica Bojadžieva “Angelina, Malo Mome” from Tanec LPV 175 (RTB 1967) —this is in 7/8, but the singers sing across the measures in such a way as to "hide" it - a lovely arrangementBuy it!
ansambl Čalgija “Patruno Svadbeno oro” from Ansambl Čalgija (Jugoton (45 rpm disc)) —Čalgija refers to a type of urban music using Turkish instruments and, now, clarinet. This tune is a "pushteno" in 12/8 divided 3+2+2=3+2Buy it!
ansambl Koče Petrovskog “Memde, more memede” from Narodni ora so orkestarot na Kočo Petrovski (RTB (45 rpm disc)) —Koče Petrovski was one of the best of the arrangers of traditional music for studio band. this is a traditional dance in slow 7/8Buy it!
Pece Atanasovski “Gajtanino Oro” from Ora (RTB (45 rpm disc)) —a lovely arrangement of several Païdushko (5/8) tunes for "izvoren" ensemble = kaval, tambura, gajda (bagpipe), and tûpan (large 2-sided drum).Buy it!
Bapčorki “Belo lice ljubam vas” from Bapčorki (RTB (45 rpm disc)) —this women's group hails from "Aegean Macedonia" - that part of Macedonia that is now in Greece, just north of Thessaloniki. They are accompanied by Pece Atanasovski's group.Buy it!
Muška grupa i orkestar narodnih instrumenata "Tanec" “Neveno, Mori, Neveno” from Tanec LPV 175 (RTB (LP)) —traditional men's singing was often melody and a moveable drone, as here. This is given a nice arrangement, but would not have bben accompanied in this way 100 years ago.Buy it!
Tanec “Šareno Oro (11/8 & 7/8)” from Tropnalo oro (RTB) —this 50 year old recording was, I believe, the second Tanec made. The first was from the 1950s and was re-issued by Folkways (now deleted from the catalogue). This tune turns "Janino" on its head - it is 11 +7 hereBuy it!
Dragi Spasovski With The Stefče Stojkovski Ensemble “Ozdol Ide Mlad Delija” from Echo of My Soul—Ekoto Na Mojata Duša (Izvor Music www.izvormusic.com 2007) —this is in 12: 2+3+2+2+3. These recordings are available on the webBuy it!
Dragi Spasovski With The Stefče Stojkovski Ensemble “Zaspala Jana, Janinka” from Echo of My Soul—Ekoto Na Mojata Duša (Izvor Music www.izvormusic.com 2007) —another Païdushko melodyBuy it!
Folkraft “Sadilo Mome (FK2)” from FK2 - Bulgaria And Macedonia (Syncoop 1998) —this tune has been used for several songs on both sides of the Macedonian/Bulgarian border. This recording retains the energy and "wildness" this music had when the dances were current among youth in the villages.Buy it!
duhački orkestar Iljimi Jašarov “Strumički čoček” from Duhačkči orkestar Iljimi Jašarov - Štip (Jugoton (45 rpm disc)) —a very early recording of the brass band music introduced by Roma players in the 50s and 60s, and is now so popular, both in FYR Macedonia and, now, in the West, spawning such groups as the New York-based Zlatne Uste.Buy it!
Angele Dimovski “Zelenikovka” from Kavalski Odglasi ((self)) —another instrumental tune in 18 counts, 11 + 7. Dimovski is one of the best Kaval players alive and is technically flawless. This recording was made for his north American tour about 8 years agoBuy it!
Svetlana Bikova & Blagoja Koteski i ansambl Stefče Stojkovski “Sarakino Mome Sevda Golema” from From The Well Of Pirin Mountain, Volume 1 ((self) 2006) —there are 4 volumes of this music recorded recently by Stefche Stojkovski and available from Izvor Music. These are of sufficient artistic merit that they stand up to the older recordings of the 1960s.Buy it!
Stefče Stojkovski “Cvekeberačka Oro” from From The Well Of Pirin Mountain Vol. 3 ((self) 2008) —the instrumentation is "izvoren", but the arrangement pushes the style a bit, with 2 kavals playing in parallel 3rds and the like. Still, it is musically interesting.Buy it!