Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Jun 26th 2011 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Marin Chisar “Galaonul” from Rencontre avec la Roumanie - 'Oltenie' (Electrecord (LP)) —This caval player comes from Goicea Mare, so far south in Romania that one could almost walk to the Danube river. The galaonul is a very vigorous line dance.Buy it!
Marin Cotoanța (cobză) “Hora de la Maldaieni” from (45 rpm disc) (Electrecord www.electrecord.ro) —the cobza is a fretless lute-like instrument played from southern Romania, up the Carpathians, all the way to Bukovina in UkraineBuy it!
Ion Albesteanu “Geamparalele De La Fetești” from Ion Albesteanu (Electrecord www.electrecord.ro) —this is a dance in 7/8, somewhat different from the inflection of the Bulgarian Rûchenitsa, but a similar solo dance, or, more often, done by 2 dancers facing each other. I have also seen it done as a very simple line dance at a wedding in southern RomanBuy it!
Florea Cioacă “Hora spoitorilor (hora lui Buică)” from Comori ale muzicii lautaresti - Florea Cioacă (Electrecord www.electrecord.ro) —American folk-dancers know this tune as the one used for "hora pe gheata"Buy it!
Constantin Chisăr “Doina lui Șarpe (solo Cimpoi)” from Constantin Chisăr-a virtuoso of the Romanian Flutes (Electrecord (LP)) —the Romanian cimpoi is like its Bulgarian counterpart, but the prevalence of available Roma fiddle players from the end of the 19th century made the bagpipe quite rareBuy it!
Ion Șerban (cobză) “Severineancă și Hora de la Ișalnița” from Rencontre avec la Roumani - Instruments Folkloriques (Electrecord (LP)) —more from this fretless lute...Buy it!
Ion Văduva “Horă de Mînă” from Ion Văduva (Electrecord (LP)) —this multi-instrumentalist is also a wind specialist, but it is his very ornamented, old style fiddle playing that appeals to me the most. The title means a dance with a hand hold (as opposed to a belt or shoulder hold).Buy it!
Constantin Chisăr (caval) “Omule, Cît ai Trăit” from Constantin Chisăr-a virtuoso of the Romanian Flutes (Electrecord (LP))Buy it!
Ion Văduva “Sîrbă pe Loc” from Ion Văduva (Electrecord (LP)) —some astounding old fashioned fiddle playing, with only 3 repeats during the entire thing. The name means a sîrba done in place (as opposed to moving along to the right , like most dances in the area).Buy it!
Ilie Udilă “Hora de dimineață” from Comori ale muzicii lautaresti - Ilie Udilă-vol. 2 (Electrecord www.electrecord.ro) —this recently issued CD is a compilation disc of recordings this Roma musician made for Electrecord in the early 1980sBuy it!
Ilie Udilă “Sârba de la Lehiliu” from Comori ale muzicii lautaresti - Ilie Udilă - vol. 2 (Electrecord www.electrecord.ro)Buy it!
Florea Pascu, fir de păr “Cîntec de Dragoste” from Doina Argeșului of Pitești (Electrecord (LP)) —This Roma fiddle player does the old trick of tying a horse hair onto one of the fiddle strings, putting rosin on his fingers, and pulling the hair through his fingers to produce the sound. One of the fiddle players of the Taraf des Haiducs does that onBuy it!