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BALKAN PLAYBOYS feat. Nikola Parov - Balkaninis
BALKAN PLAYBOYS feat. Nikola Parov

Fy 8064

Dunya Records
1 CD

Who are the BALKAN PLAYBOYS? Just the umpteenth artistic metamorphosis of mercurial Nikola Parov, the multi-instrumentalist who over a long career has founded and directed a number of great outfits including Zsaratnok, one of the most popular Hungarian groups (check out the Dunya CDs The Balkan Legend and The Balkan Move) and who fans of Irish music will remember for his work with Davy Spillane, Martin O'Connor, not forgetting his contribution to Billy Wheelan's Riverdance band world music project in the mid 90s.
Parov has always had a clear Idea of what he wants to do with folk music. While appreciating the importance of conserving tradition, he's not interested in simply discovering and amassing tunes from the past but in working them over and fitting them out for today's mutant music scene and a new posterity. His new acoustic quintet, the BALKAN PLAYBOYS skip agilely across the whole Balkan territory from Hungary and Romania to Bulgaria, lands rich in musical ore and lore that to this day form an essential part of the vitality of the communities who live there.
This is the music of their everyday life, that serves to mark all the rites of passage (from weddings to leave-takings for military service to funerals) that though defunct or muted in significance in the West, still strongly mark the lives of the peoples of Eastern Europe. The BALKAN PLAYBOYS reworkings of this repertoire are remarkably fresh and intriguing, while the quality of the musicianship melds with the beauty of the melodies to create a work of an extremely high standard.
The group's instrumentation varies greatly from track to track, with brass and chordophones leading the way. Among Parov's preferred tools of the trade are the gadulka (an instrument related to the medieval rebec that's extremely difficult to learn, with three bowed strings plus an additional nine sympathetics which provide amazing resonance) and the kaval (a Pan-pipe-like instrument with a soft, clear tone, composed of three wooden tubes, that was o riginally played by shepherds), while also deserving of mention are the tambura (from the lute family, with two rows of strings one of which produces a drone while the other is used to pplay the melody and the tapan (basically a large tambura).
Apart from the virtuosity of the musicians, on close listening to Balkaninis you will hear cultural and stylistic cross-pollinations of great delicacy and refinement.

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Nikola Parov gadulka, kaval, clarinet, buzuki, guitar, tanburs, bass, percussion
Ivan Barvich contratambura, flute, okarina
Slobodan Wetetics accordeon
Zsigomond Lazar violin
Balazs Jakabfy tapan


from CD Ye Katama Hod
22 September 2017 - h:21.15
Gruppo Spontaneo Trallalero
Al Chiostro - Santa Maria di Castello
Genoa - Italy

24 September 2017 - h:18.30
Arturo Stàlteri
Agriturismo Cavazzone
Via Cavazzone 4
Viano (RE) - Italy

30 September 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Forum Romeu Correia
Almada - Portugal

30 September 2017 - h:21.00
I Violini di Santa Vittoria
Chiostri di San Pietro
Reggio Emilia - Italy

30 September 2017 - h:21.30
Arturo Stàlteri
Scuderie Aldobrandini
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 6
Frascati (RM) - Italy

01 October 2017
Cherasco, fiera

08 October 2017 - h:21.00
Arturo Stàlteri
Residenza Barcaccia
San Lorenzo di Montenero (PG)

12 October 2017 - h:20.00
Blaue Haus Doellnitz
Kasendorf - Germany

13 October 2017 - h:20.00
Kulturhammer e.v.
Thierstein - Germany

14 October 2017 - h:20.00
Gasthaus “Zum Roten Ochsen”
Rechberghausen - Germany

15 October 2017 - h:20.00
Esslingen am Neckar - Germany

27 October 2017 - h:20.30
Rätschenmühle e.V. Geislingen Schlachthausstraße 22
Geislingen - Germany

28 October 2017 - h:20.30
Feuerschloesschen Bad Honnef
Bad Honnef - Germany

04 November 2017 - h:21.30
Tre Martelli
40 years anniversary concert
Teatro Ambra
Alessandria - Italy

04 December 2017 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Cinema Teatro Don Natale Leone
Albisola Superiore (SV) - Italy

17 December 2017 - h:17.00
Tre Martelli
Auditorium Gambarina Museum
Alessandria - Italy

23 December 2017 - h:21.00
Liguriani & Mario Pirovano
“Invexendo de Natale”
Teatro Sociale di Camogli
Camogli (GE) - Italy

27 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Tivoli BBVA
Lisbon - Portugal

29 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Casa da Música
Porto - Portugal

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