Transylvanian Gypsy Band
Music and gyspy songs from Transylvania

A little history...

NADARA 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.

The band...

It 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 musicians.
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).

All 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.

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