orchestra was born in 2001 in a small Transylvanian village in Romania.
Transylvania is a land where Romanian, Hungarian, German, Jewish and
Roma (1) ethnics live side by side. The Transylvanian folklore is
a very rich one, particularly in what regards its music and its dances.
The Roma musicians have been offering the music for every community
since hundreds of years and today as well. In their orchestras fathers
play alongside their sons, brothers and cousins and they play at every
occasion : at weddings sometime during 15 hours non-stop, at balls,
different feasts or just simple family reunions.
is in this universe that the musicians of NADARA have grown up. They
have had a familial musical inheritance, developing at the same time
their own style, a new and innovating view about folk music.
Notable the richness of their repertoire and the virtuosity of the
To the Transylvanian traditional orchestra formed of violin, bratch
(2)and double-bass NADARA has added an alto saxophone, accordion,
an acoustic guitar and voice, presenting also the natural evolution
of Transylvanian folk music for a result full of generosity and power.
On this CD you will hear numerous songs of Gypsy origin performed
in Romanès (3). These songs are often improvised, the text
depending on the situation they are created in. They often express
a view on the Roma existence or the state of spirit of the performer.
Some of the dance musics you will hear, like csingeràlàs
or the cigànycsàrdàs are extremely fast ; others,
are very melancholic, like the laments called romani zili or the table
songs meseiecri zili. Even if NADARA remains faithful to its Gipsy
origin, you will note some songs of Hungarian origin ( Azt Kèrdi
a cigàny bìrò) or Romanian ones (Hartag), a swing-like
piece (Hora) and a Latino-like (July).
the pieces have been arranged and harmonised by NADARA in order to
give birth to a very actual and promising Gipsy music.
(1) The Roma are the Gipsies settled in East-Europe. The word rom
means man in their language.
(2) The bratch is an instrument of accompaniment, it is a viola with
a flat bridge and 3 strings (G-D-A) which are played simultaneously.
(3) The Romanès language is spoken and understood by 80% of
the Gypsies in the world.