From the avant-garde folk/jazz of Poland’s Chłopcy Kontra Basia to Serbia’s ‘King of Apocalyptical Cabaret’ Boris Kovač, the music of Eastern Europe is as diverse as the geography it represents. The Rough Guide To The Music Of Eastern Europe showcases today’s artists who preserve valuable traditions whilst enabling the music to evolve in new and unexpected ways.
Söndörgő | Chłopcy Kontra Basia | Kries | Romano Drom | Faith i Branko | Eugenia Georgieva | Shukar Collective | Don Kipper | Sukke | Boris Kovač & La Campanella | Perunika Trio | Bela Lakatos & The Gypsy Youth Project | She'Koyokh
»The album kicks off in fast and furious fashion with Söndörgő, who are famed for the use of the tambura, a mandolin-like instrument, used by the South Slav communities in Hungary. Söndörgő brilliantly combine their respect for traditions with a desire to innovate and a fizzing virtuosity.«
Söndörgő @ FROG
»Rooted in the musical traditions of the Balkans, the double act is made up of English circus performer and accordionist Faith and Serbian gypsy violin maestro Branko whose formidable composition ‘Bumbar’ canters from contemporary to classical violin vernacular with dazzling display.«
Faith i Branko @ FROG
»Although now living in London, Eugenia Georgieva grew up in Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv, and as a child fell in love with the authentic diaphonic singing of the old Shoppe women. ‘Deno, Sreburno Vreteno/Dena, You Silver Spindle’ is taken from her acclaimed album Po Drum Mome / A Girl on the Road where she explores the joys and sorrows of Bulgarian folk song.«
Photo Credits: (1) 'The Rough Guide To The Music Of Eastern Europe', (2) Söndörgő, (3) Faith i Branko, (4) Eugenia Georgieva, (5) Perunika Trio, (6) Kries, (7) Romano Drom, (8) Don Kipper, (9) She'Koyokh (unknown/website).