Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Oct 28th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Dorin Cuibariu & Gheorghe Zamfir orch. “Suita Banateana”
from Gheorghe Zamfir și Virtuoșii săi (Electrecord (LP) 1971) —This group of dances begins a show on music from the Banat area of south-west Romania, an area shared with Serbia and a bit of southeastern Hungary. The music is jazzy and sometimes impossibly fast...
Gheorghe Zamfir și Virtuoșii săi “Banateanca”
from Gheorghe Zamfir și Virtuoșii săi (Electrecord (LP) 1971) —another suite of tunes, beginning with a doina and going on through several dances. The solo instruments are mostly saxophones and a Taragot (a sort of alto sax made of pear wood). The dance section begins with the local variant of the "brîu", a line da
Taraf De Carancebes “Fata Banateana (La Fille Du Banat)”
from Musiciens du Banat - Roumanie (Silex/Auvidis 1993) —although under a different name, this band probably has the same taragot player, but the other musicians are Roma from Caransebes in the Banat. They start with a syncopated 7/8 brîu, play a slow "a oilor"-style piece, then flip into dance rhythm again.
Efta Botoca “Zdrânga (joc de nuntă)”
from Virtuozi ai instrumentelor populare Românești - Efta Botoca (Electrecord (cassette)) —pure old-style fiddle playing form Banat - this was considered old fashioned even when it was recorded 35 years ago. Botoca traveled with the Gheorghe Zamfir band at the end of his life and taught many younger players. He also made his own fiddles.
Efta Botoca “Vară, vară, primăvară”
from Virtuozi ai instrumentelor populare Românești - Efta Botoca (Electrecord (cassette))