Posts tagged ‘Paradiso’

February 7, 2015

Taraf de Haïdouks in Paradiso Noord Amsterdam

In 2012 I first wrote about the Tolhuistuin: (click) , In 2014 I co-organised a party there: (click) and now I’d just like to point to you a concert of an amazing band I can’t wait to dance to in the new club on the same complex; Paradiso Noord.

The Taraf de Haïdouks is a group of Gypsy “Lautari” (traditional musicians) who come from the little modest Romanian village of Clejani in the Valachian countryside. Ever since their first visit to Western Europe back in 1991, Taraf de Haïdouks have been considered as the epitome of Gypsy music’s fabulous vitality. They consist of dozen brilliant instrumentalists and singers, with ages ranging roughly from 20 to 80 and the band members seem to have been relatively unaffected by their succes they’ve retained their sense of humour, and their way of life.

Taraf de Haïdouks consists of:
Gheorghe Falcaru: flute
Gheorghe Anghel “Caliu”: violin
Robert Gheorghe: violin
Constantin Lautaru “Costica”: violin, vocals
Marin Manole “Marius”: accordion
P. Marin Manole: accordion, vocals
Filip Simeonov: clarinet
Paul Giuclea “Pasalan”: violin, vocals
Ion Tanase “Ionica”: cimbalom

In their new album “Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts”, Taraf de Haïdouks are revisiting some of the old styles which have enchanted Western audiences on their earlier albums: Gypsy love songs, old-school dance tunes, Turkish-flavoured instrumentals, and poignant Romanian ballads. AND THEY’RE COMING TO AMSTERDAM on Friday February 13 TO PRESENT THEIR NEW ALBUM! Presale has started!

Admission 20, – incl. day membership.
Doors open 19:30
Supporting program: La Manouche @ 20:00
Before and after the favorite gypsy tunes of DJ Tommi

Link to buy tickets (click)
Facebook event page Taraf de Haïdouks @ Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin (click)
Taraf de Haïdouks website (click)
Website La Manouche (click)

March 7, 2012

My footage in Amsterdam Klezmer Band’s new clip “Op een Goppe”

I totally forgot! Remember I went to the concert of The Amsterdam Klezmer Band? (Read all about it HERE;

Here’s the video of  “Op een Goppe” recorded live by the audience in Paradiso, Amsterdam at their 1000th concert! And HOW COOL!! They used my footage in their clip!!!!  Images @1.03, 1.08, 2.27, 2.44, 2.50 & the last shot are mine! :)

I think “Op een Goppe” means “At a wedding”.


Klezmer music makes me happy!


January 20, 2012

Dichtbij Nederland & Amsterdam Klezmer Band @ Paradiso

I won a competition and got to go to the concert of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band at Paradiso last night! More about that later, first; I promised if I win the competition I will write about them so hereby; Thank you Dichtbij Nederland (Close to The Netherlands) of NPS! Dichtbij Nederland is a daily radiomagazine about the multicultural community in The Netherlands, in which also important news from the  “motherland” comes close to the listener. It’s an informative radioshow with music,  debates and the latest news. Every workingday live from 21 – 24 hr at Radio 5 at the NTR. In The Netherlands to be found at 747 AM, outside NL to be listened online (website below).

Dichtbij Nederland copyright NPS

Dichtbij Nederland copyright NPS


So………. back to the competition; The question was, Which city in The Netherlands is called Mokum? Well Amsterdam ofcourse!  The name Mokum dates from the Jewish history of Amsterdam and the meaning of Mokum  is city or place in Hebrew. It still is a popular petname for Amsterdam and it’s also the name of the cd that the Amsterdam Klezmer Band released yesterday.

The party I went to yesterday was the Dutch release party of the new live CD “MOKUM”  by the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, as well as the kick off of their 15- years- anniversary-tour AND the 1000th concert! I had never seen them live but I love their music and ofcourse they are much better live!  These guys are super energetic, amazing musicians and very funny. The concert was at my favourite club; Amsterdam’s best and most beautiful club – former church Paradiso.

Paradiso, Amsterdam Klezmer Band

Paradiso, Amsterdam Klezmer Band


When they started to play their new single (forgot the name, was it Mokum?) The audience was asked to take out their mobiles, film the performance, and send it to the band today, some people were even allowed on stage to film. I filmed the whole song but for some reason (no, not that one ;) ) the Iphone filmed everything upside down, so I won’t post it here (at least not untill I…ehm someone.. manage(s) to turn it). I’ll send it to the band as soon as I’ve uploaded it and will ask them if they have someone technical to turn it around. Anyway when they make the official clip for the new single, they’re planning to use the footage of all the clips the audience made yesterday! I’ll keep you updated when it comes out and maybe we can see my shots in the clip :)


Amsterdam Klezmer Band -Mokum

Amsterdam Klezmer Band -Mokum



Most of the AKB repertory has been created by the band members themselves, who all without exception contribute musically to an ever-growing melting-pot of infectious Balkan/Gypsy/Klezmer cross-over grooves. In this manner the band endeavours to breathe new life into the Eastern-European Balkan, Klezmer and Gypsy music tradition.


Amsterdam Klezmer Band (19-01-2012@Paradiso)

Amsterdam Klezmer Band (19-01-2012@Paradiso)


The Amsterdam Klezmer Band consists of;
Jasper de Beer: double bass, guitar banjo, backing vocals
Job Chajes: alto saxophone, vocals
Alec Kopyt: vocals, percussions
Gijs Levelt: trumpet
Joop van der Linden: trombone, percussions
Janfie van Strien: clarinet, backing vocals
Theo van Tol: accordion

And last but not least; here’s one of my facourites, a golden oldie, ENJOY!


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