"Multicolored whirlwind of Serbian and Romanian dances leaves nobody untouched, whether Drobinska plays in underground Lisboa cafe or suburban Gasprom castle. Wedding melodies from south Slavic villages bring a sense of an unforgettable celebration, open to everybody.
Oleg Drobinski (clarinet, bagpipes, flutes, bouzouki) founded the band in 2003 after traveling in Balkans, studying in Chishinau conservatory and living a while in France.
Dmitri Ignatov (bass, bouzouki, percussion), universal musician, whose range spreads from medieval music to rock`n`roll.
Maxim Karpychev (saxphone, clarinet), graduated in Odessa conservatory, comes from Krymea, Ucraine.
Alexander Romitsyn (drums and percussion) before moving to Moscow played with different bands in his hometown Kazan, capital of Tartar republic.
Basem Al-Ashkar (al oud, - Arabian luth) native of Palestine, came to Russia to study classical music on the violin, but kept link to his roots playing al oud."
This disk is representing the folk material of Serbian, Bulgarian, Moldavian origin, superbly played in traditional style.
The disk is one more work of Oleg Drobinskiy quartet, he plays traditional wood-wind instruments along with over group members: drummer and percussionist Mario, singer Inna Bondar and Dmitry Ignatov on a bass.
04-Mai badize pentru tine
05-Dolina hora sirba
08-Auzit me, auzit
Beirut's five-song EP LON GISLAND works as a nice stop-gap for those anxious for the next full-length from wunderkind songwriter Zach Condon. Condon's penchant for unique instrumentation and world-music accents (particularly klezmer and Balkan ... Full Descriptionbrass) is in full flourish on this brief 2007 release, as best revealed on the rousing instrumental "My Family's Role in the World Revolution" and the gorgeous reworking of GULAG ORKESTAR's "Scenic World"--which gets fleshed out with the requisite accordions, ukuleles, and mournful brass, recasting the song as a bittersweet death march. Condon, indisputably, has talent and vision; that he can pack as much of it into five songs as he does here is staggering.
01. Elephant Gun
02. My Family's Role in the World Revolution
03. Scenic World
04. The Long Island Sound
Zach Condon - vocals, ukulele, trumpet, piano
Jon Natchez - ukulele, clarinet, baritone saxophone, glockenspiel
Paul Collins - ukulele, organ, percussion
Kelly Pratt - trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium
Kristin Ferebee - violin
Jason Peranski - mandolin, ukulele
Nick Petree - percussion
Perrin Cloutier - cello, accordion