Erika Serre is a Gypsy singer who was noticed quite a while ago by two film-makers, Tony Gatlif and Emir Kusturica. This Parisian of Hungarian origin, knows how to surround herself with people : featured musicians on the Emigrante band include Gypsy and French musicians, a tabla player from Rajhastan, a jazzman, a bass player from Cameroon and some off-the-wall musicians like the drummer Buj or the Syrian-Sicilian guitar player Serge Leonardi who seals the wholeness of these brilliant compositions.
With this second album, the group starts to change its direction towards rock. The guitars of Sergio Leonardi are particularly put in the front, notably on the cover of "Kashmir" of Led Zeppelin. The result is one of indisputable originality.

01. Satore
02. Jaipur
03. Johnny Tu N'Es Pas Un Ange
04. L'Amor Senza Pace
05. Bismillah
06. Kashmir
07. L'Amour
08. Chalo
09. Yallah
10. Mando
11. Tzigane From Mars
12. Te Vas Sukarije
13. Morocharo
14. Sandala
15. Lélé

Erika Serre - chant
Sergio Leonardi - guitar
DD Bell - bass
Latif Ahmed khan - tabla
François Laizeau - drums



"This record is an extraordinary undertaking. It isn't often that a performer renders his message in several styles, several musical languages, and several artistic modes of expression within the framework of one production. What you will come across with István Pál Szalonna's violin playing, is definitely something different than a pianist's repertoire which extends from say Bach to Bartók. Here from the lean Mezőség peasant music (Transylvania), to the tunes from far Northeastern Hungary, the Gömör shepherd melodies and on to the style of the band from the village of Tarnalelesz, spilling over into (what's referred to as) "folksy composed Hungarian music": we get an ample taste of the colourful world of sound which has ripened over the last two or three hundred years of Hungarian violin folklore."

Gergely Agócs

01. Új stílusban, ahogyan a Gyuszi nagyapja szerette
02. Román forgatós, legényes és szapora
03. Hármasban
04. Jáger Jóska balladája
05. Tiszta fehérben
06. Árva vagyok…
07. Piros alma a kezembe‘…
08. Hegedűt a kezibe...
09. Tibi Géza emlékének
10. Ahogyan nagyapám szerette
11. Kavalkád
12. Hangulatok egy kórógyi lakodalomból
13. Együtt
14. De én azért nem átkozom…

István Pál "Szalonna" - violin
Ágnes Herczku - voice
Attila Gera - clarinet, saxofon, kaval
Balázs Unger - cimbalom
Gyula Karacs - viola
Róbert Doór - double bass

voice: Gergely Agócs, Milán Hetényi, László Papp
violin: Szilárd Albert, Károly Berki, Tamás Gombai, József Kállai, Ferenc Radics, Csaba Soós, Róbert Báder
cello: Albert Mohácsy, András Pachert
bassprim tambura: Dávid Eredics, Salamon Eredics
viola: Zsolt Nagy, Márton Éri, Zoltán Váradi
accordion: Zoltán Bobár, Lajos Pál, Zsolt Barcza
cimbalom: Zsolt Barcza, Sándor Ürmös
Mátyás Bolya - Moldavian lute
Attila Búzás - bass tambura
Áron Eredics - tambura, cello tambura
Benjámin Eredics - violatambura
Tibor Kolompár - second violin
Tamás Radics - double bass
Vilmos Seres - clarinet
Takács Ádám - violin-viola



Big thanks Frankie for the CD!

"Nature's creepy. It seeps into your wounds and infects you; it covers your trees with ice, and it stalls your car. It's not climate-controlled and it doesn't live in your home entertainment center. And it coats with dust and peppers with age "Through the Trees," the third record by the Handsome Family, the husband-and-wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks (he writes most of the music; she writes most of the lyrics). Expanding their sound from the standard bass, guitar and drums to include a wider range of instrumentation -- softer guitars, autoharp, banjo, Dobro, violin, bass, melodica, piano, a quiet, unobtrusive drum machine and Brett's sturdy, beautiful voice -- the Handsome Family create a strange amalgam of pre-World War II country music and a more current, subdued, slightly twangy rock, with lush but simple arrangements. They write songs with a perfect narrative arc, and they seldom waste time showing off; they just set to music tangled, tense stories that sit like perfect little objects of nature -- like pine cones or something.

Entering "Through the Trees" is like passing through the threshold of a cabin door and into the woods on the first day of spring, or just after an ice storm, into a mysterious world, one where "worms circle like sharks" and "crickets are screaming." In these settings the Handsome Family create emotionally wrecked characters who are constantly battling dangerous impulses as they roam around the woods -- or sometimes, through the streets of Chicago, where the Handsome Family live. In "Giant of Illinois," two boys who chanced upon a swan sleeping in the woods "stormed it with rocks till it collapsed in the reeds." In "My Sister's Tiny Hands," a girl, mourning the death of her twin from a snake bite in the forest, "set the woods to burning and choked the river up with stones." These are old-school country songs, grotesque and brutal, and through these narratives they offer something dumbfoundingly magical -- something far removed from anything remotely meta or post.

"Through the Trees" is also about relationships -- birth, death and the in-between -- and because a husband and wife are creating and performing these songs, an immediate context is laid before us: In "Cathedrals," the Handsome Family move from a cathedral in Cologne that "looks like a spaceship" to icy Wisconsin: "Hoping to feel love under the icicles, all we did was drink in an empty bar. But, stumbling drunk we crawled back to our motel room and I fell against you and felt your beating heart."

Underneath it all flows a debilitating sense of dread and awe; a restless black fog floats in the record's stomach, the result of playing with dangerous emotions -- fear, regret, passion, sorrow, loss and a steady stream of foreboding. The Handsome Family poke at it from different angles. Also inside is a wicked sense of humor that cuts through the existential dread. "My Ghost," the closing song on the album, tells the true story of a stay in a mental hospital: "Here in the bipolar ward if you shower you get a gold star. But I'm not going far till the Haldol kicks in -- until then, until then -- I'm stuck in this fucking twin bed and I won't get any cookies or tea, till I stop quoting Nietzsche and brush my teeth and comb my hair." Like some form of clairvoyant madness, "Through the Trees" sneaks in faintly, as though a whisper from a secret world -- one that's always there right outside the door, waiting patiently for an opportunity to consume you."

Randall Roberts

01. Weightless Again
02. My Sister's Tiny Hands
03. Stalled
04. Where The Trees Lean
05. Cathedrals
06. Down In The Ground
07. The Giant of Illinois
08. Down in the Valley of Hollow Loos
09. I Fell
10. The Woman Downstairs
11. Last Night I Went Out Walking
12. Bury Me Here
13. My Ghost



Authentic Gypsy Folk Music from Hungary and Romania: Transylvania, Szatmar, Serbia, and the Sub-Carpathian.
This second recording and the way this ensemble uses old and new, archaic and modern musical and mood elements so that they complement one another and form a lasting unity; has put them amongst the most prominent musicians from the younger generation of Gypsy musicians. Their repertoire is exclusively original, traditional material which forms a basis, the open and flexible receptive medium. The traditional northeastern Hungarian Gypsy music and melodies from Transylvanian Gypsy communities are paired with the Balkan pop influence, characteristic of the folk rooted Western European performers as well.

01. Korkore Zav Ande Kalyi Ratyi
Gypsy Dance From Serbia
02. Megyek, megyek hazafelé
Gypsy Rolled Song From Hungary
03. Trandatajduj Glazi
Sub Carpathian Gypsy Slow Song /Gypsy Slow Song And Rolled Song From Szatmar County
04. Akhardem Me Le Romen
Gypsy Dance Tune From Greece
05. Aven Mande Le Roma
Gypsy Dance Tunes From Romania
06. Diri, Diri, So Kerdjan
Gypsy Ballad From The Balkan
07. Ustyi Opre, Muri Gazi
Gypsy Dance Song From Transylvania
08. Lokhe Zav Me Pe Vulyica
Romanian Gypsy Dance Tunes
09. Kercimate Zav
Gypsy Love Song From Serbia
10. Álmos vagyok, mint a cica
Gypsy Rolled Songs From Hungary
11. Búzát szemel a vadgalamb
Gypsy Dance Songs From Hungary
12. Sasman Vurdon Taj Karuca
Slow Gypsy Song From Hungary
13. Corro Som Me, Laso Rom
Gypsy Dance Song From Transylvania
14. Phendjom Tuke, Muri Gazi
Gypsy folk Song From Transylvania
15. Phiravelamn Kalyi Phuv
Gypsy Dance Tune From Macedonia
16. Trusalo Taj Bokhalo Som
Gypsy folk Song From Romania
17. Akharenman Mure Phralora
Gypsy Rumba
18. Főbe vertek a cigányok
Gypsy Ballad From Hungary
19. T'avos Devla Barvalo
Gypsy folk Song From Romania
20. Aj Devlale Phen Mange, So Te
Gypsy Rolled Song From Hungary/Sub-Carpathian Gypsy Rolled Song

Ferenc Balogh - vocal, guitar, oral bass, spoons, derbouka
Ildikó Varga - vocal
István Pacal Balogh - oral bass, vocals, water can, spoons, guitar, derbouka
Ilona Farkas - vocal
István Nagy - vocals, tambouritza, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, oral bass

József Simon Balogh - vocal
Kálmán Balogh - cimbalom
Csaba Novák - double bass



"Di Grine Kuzine is a Berlin-based, klezmer-rooted, Balkan brass band. The connection between klezmer and Balkan brass band music is a natural one as the original Eastern European Jewish musical repertoire owed much to Romanian, Gypsy and Ottoman influences. Since klezmer musicians were expected to be able to play Romanian horas and Serbian kolos as well as freylekhs and bulgars it is likely that a well traveled Eastern European Jewish band had an extensive repertoire.

It is less likely that there were many klezmer brass bands until around the beginning of the 20th century. Law in many areas of Russia and Poland limited the musical instruments that Jews were allowed to play. In general, Jews could play quiet string instruments but could not play loud brass instruments. It wasn't until large numbers of Jews were drafted into the Czar's army that you had the conditions where Jews had access to horns, trombones and tubas. Draftees were allowed to keep their instruments when they mustered out of military service.

On Di Grine Kuzine's earlier albums, their repertoire was largely klezmer-based. On this new release, the songs are mostly Serbian, Hungarian and Bulgarian village dance pieces. The band's vocals are a strong suit. Alexandra Dimitroff has mastered the constricted throat sound that is often associated with Bulgarian vocal music. Listen to her vocal lead on cuts like "Esik Esö" and "Gigetanje." There's simply no other klezmer brass band that has a vocalist as strong as her.

Another strong suit is Steve Lukanky's excellent tuba playing. The newest member of the group, Lukanky shines on tracks like "Gustavs Son Tumbao." Compared to the string bass found in most other dance bands, the tuba adds a vibrant color to Di Grine Kuzine's music.

Raucous and unruly, Feribot is not traditional music. It's more like very hip village music played by urban post modernists. As the band says in the album's liner notes"On this ship there is room for you all."

Aaron Howard

01.Galizianer Tants (Traditionell)
02.Rumelaj (Traditionell)
03.Esik esö (Traditionell)
04.Auf Zeydns Tish (Traditionell)
05.Gigetanje (Traditionell)
06.Zabkowice Walc
07.Gustavs Son Tumbao
08.Papa Call
09.Zonka (Traditionell)
10.Zemer Atik (Traditionell)
11.Bavarski Cocek
12.Weseli Sebori (Traditionell)
14.Spil Es Nokh Amol, Karel

Alexandra Dimitroff, accordion & vocals
Johannes Kevenhörster, clarinet & soprano sax
Karel Komnatoff, trumpet & fluegelhorn & vocals
Mr. Steve R. Lukanky, tuba
Snorre Schwarz, drums & vocals



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