1 week ago
Resourceful, creative and simply good playing. Jean-Christoph I met in Magyarokereke when we were recording the album with my Kalotaszeg trio. He came to the concert at the end of the recordings and funnily enough, it was his first musical experience in Romania for him. He had hoped, to have many, and I was able to provide him with a couple of contacts there, so he was off learning with all the local musicians, and became an expert himself.
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Ik herinner me nog dat concert in Alunisu, toen zijn we met een hele bende Erasmusstudenten komen kijken!
2 weeks ago
One lucky day in July 2004, the late Koszorus Kalman had the good idea to introduce me to Marcel Ramba during Neufchateau summer camps. I was to teach Transylvanian violin playing Kalotaszeg style. Kalman and Marcel would be the rhythm section, Marcel on double bass, Kalman on bracs. When we met, Kalman told me, you should hear him play the violin!!!. So after the first day's work, I grabbed the double bass, and almost dropped it in astonishment. Marcel's style, sound, ornaments etc, have been an immense inspiration to me ever since.
On the last day of the camp my students had the marvellous idea to record the concert featuring Marcel on violin, Kalman bracs, Benjamin Clement guitar and myself on double bass. From this recording, I've just learnt, or endeavoured to learn a suite in A minor. To practice, I recorded, by means of two telephones, a rhythm section of my self on viola and double bass, and then, still in practice mode, contrived to record on top of that a draft of the main focus, the violin. I'd like to dedicate it warmly to Marcel and Koszorus Kalman's dear memory. ... See MoreSee Less
One of my dear friends and colleagues is lucky enough to have organised a workshop about Romanian music. I highly recommend going there! He is not only a very nice guy, but also a very competent player.
For those who manage to go, enjoy!,, ... See MoreSee Less
I was lucky enough to visit and play with these gentlemen a couple of times in their village of Szászcsávás. The village did not have yet running water or asphalted streets.
The first evening, we played for maybe 5 hrs with people dancing around us on the main square. Next day, the dust was so thick on my violin, it took me a quarter of an hour to clean it. But what fun!
Apparently the band was engaged to play a concert in Italy to a disappointingly small audience. The organisers told them they didn't have to play and would be paid anyway. Their answer was, "we have been called to play, and we'll play because we are professional musicians. We will not stop playing as long as every one is enjoying themselves." They played for hours until every single person in the public was dancing and thoroughly celebrating life. Amazing. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
What a tune!!!!!! Thanks Giacomo Smith for bringing it to my attention. And what a beautiful version! It is on my wish list to arrange for Les Violons De Bruxelles. youtu.be/ZNXFpJq1aBo ... See MoreSee Less