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June 22, 2015

Journey of a Clandestine Instrument @ Home Of Art

Journey of a Clandestine Instrument

Descendents of the Guitarra Renacentista or Renaissance Guitar can be encountered far & wide, from the islands of Hawaii in the form of the Ukulele to the Charrangos of the altiplanos in Peru & Bolivia. As a son of the Renaissance Guitar brought to the lowlands of Colombia & Venezuela in 1498, the Cuatro is an instrument which has undertaken an evolutionary journey only recently to have started as of the end of the 90’s.

The barriers keeping the Cuatro isolated from the rest of the world have been overcome as construction & teaching methods have developed into more elaborative & artistic productions. Luthiers are no longer confined to local one dimensional materials & musicians are no longer dependent on learning how to play from locals presenting themselves on street corners. It’s confinement and lack of exposure in both construction & teachings is why this unique piece was considered as a clandestine instrument. This gives those who truly dominate this instrument a unique quality as they have learned with very little direction from documented works.

The Cuatro is distinguishable through the characteristic grin of it’s fingerboard, which makes the instrument an attractive challenge for constructors of instruments. In our possession are two exceptional examples of this instrument being the traditional Cuatro made of Indian Rosewood handcrafted to perfection by Jose Manuel Baritto as well as it’s modernized brother the Electric Cuatro being a child of Roberto Bonaccorso made of mahogany, pau amarillo & zebra wood. All instruments are a subliminal marriage of woods and possess incredible characteristics only possible to attain by great luthiers.

We have the privilege of witnessing the evolution of a clandestine instrument and present it on an international stage. We are privileged to present Darwin Rafael Medina Fonseca as a cuatrista or cuatro player who will be performing fusions of traditional music from the lowlands of Colombia & Venezuela with modern music. Without any further ado, we present to you the Cuatro.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/107348002935943

Instruments and Musician are proudly endorsed by:
Tu Cuatro
Bringing the Cuatro Closer to You
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June 11, 2015

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) – some music

As you saw in my previous postHome Of Art had the honour to host Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra’s 1st (and 2nd!) concert in Amsterdam on June 1 (and 2) 2015.

BGKO is:
Robindro Nikolic- Clarinet, Serbia/India
Mattia Schirosa- Accordeon, Italy
Julien Chanal- Guitar, France
Ivan Kovacevic- Double Bass, Serbia
Stelios Togias- Percussion, Greece
Sandra Sangiao- Voice, Catalunya

I’d like to share some of their music with you. Enjoy! 

Gelem, Gelem is a song composed by Žarko Jovanović, often used as the anthem of the Romani people. The title has been adapted in many countries by local Roma to match their native orthography and spoken dialect of the Romani language. Some of the song’s many titles include “Gyelem, Gyelem” (Hungarian orthography), “Jelem, Jelem”, “Dzelem, Dzelem”, “Dželem, Dželem”, “Đelem, Đelem” (Croatian and Latin Serbian and Bosnian orthography), “Djelem, Djelem” (German and French orthography), “Ђелем, Ђелем” (Cyrillic Serbian and Bosnian orthography), “Ѓелем, Ѓелем”, “Џелем, Џелем”, “Джелем, джелем” (Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian orthography), “Opré Roma” and “Romale Shavale”.

I present you Djelem Djelem by the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra: 

Cigani ljubljat pesni is a traditional Russian Gipsy song.
Here’s BGKO’s interpretation, Cigani Ljubiat Pesnji by the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra: 

 

And here’s BGKO’s latest clip, just released, Imbarca.

 

BGKO regularly tours Europe, and I can assure you these clips are nothing compared to hearing them live. Check them out if they’re around you! Keep an eye on their website and/or Facebook page to stay up to date about their touring schedule:
http://bgko.org
https://www.facebook.com/BgkoBarcelonaGipsyKlezmerOrchestra

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Thank you Wikipedia.

 

 

June 11, 2015

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra @ Home Of Art

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Home Of Art had the honour to host Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra’s 1st (and 2nd!) concert in Amsterdam on June 1 (and 2) 2015. 

Barcelona Gigpy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) has been thrilling audiences all over Europe with their soulful, vibrant show of traditional and popular Balkan, Gipsy and Jewish music from Eastern Europe. BGKO is an international ensemble based in Barcelona, well-known for exploring musical roots, creating and performing with outstanding personality.

BGKO is composed of six musicians from around the world. Originally from Serbia, Italy, France, Spain, Greece and India, BGKO’s musicians connected in Barcelona over their passion for Balkan music with their own special perspective. Their particular style comes from klezmer music, gipsy Jazz and Romani music as well as from their exploration of forgotten music styles, specific timbres and flavours from regions around Eastern Europe. BGKO has also been inspired by Barcelona’s eclectic music scene, from Latin-American melodies, traditional Catalan and Middle Eastern music to electrifying Jazz and Rockabilly.

BGKO is:
Robindro Nikolic- Clarinet, Serbia/India
Mattia Schirosa- Accordeon, Italy
Julien Chanal- Guitar, France
Ivan Kovacevic- Double Bass, Serbia
Stelios Togias- Percussion, Greece
Sandra Sangiao- Voice, Catalunya

Here’s an impression (Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography ):

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra:
http://bgko.org

https://www.facebook.com/BgkoBarcelonaGipsyKlezmerOrchestra

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