Sunday, February 05, 2012

Taraf de Haidouks (Band of Outlaws)

This is more traditional "gypsy" music from Romania. This is from the tradition of lautari, the wedding and funeral musicians. There is not a consistent genre of Roma music, as they adapt the folk music of whatever land they are in. The influences from Turkey and farther east remain, however, as do the sliding notes and the very fast pace.

Flamenco is not really Spanish music, but gypsy music in Spain - and that goes for the dancing, too. If you think that you hear Klezmer music influences, that is also true, though it flows largely the other way. Jews were the other wedding musicians in Central and Southern Europe, and the two groups mutually influenced each other.

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