Most of our CDs have been imported from Europe or Asia. They are not all shrink-wrapped, and I am not going to con you by wrapping them here just to make you think they have been sterilized in America. I guarantee that the CDs and the contents are all brand new and in perfect condition. Whenever I can, I use recycled shipping materials. They may not look as pretty on the outside, but they save money and keep the trash dumps a little bit emptier.
Thanks- Cliff, cdRoots
The German label Oriente Musik offers a wide variety of music from around the world, all with a common thread of quality. They say, "Being both realistic and optimistic, we are inclined to issue only music that hits our hearts and therefore we strongly believe to hit the hearts of many others."
I am pleased to carry a select group of titles, and expect to add more in the coming year.
Marimba Magia - Papa Roncon and Grupo Katanga
From the town of Borbon, in the Esmeraldas district of northern Ecuador, Papá Roncón is a living legend. He plays the marimba and the guitar; he is a singer and a dancer. He makes musical instruments. He lives the folk music of the region. Joined by Catalina Mina Quintero; bombo, kununu and voice and Rosa Huila Valencia; guasa and voice, Grupo Katanga make music that is essential, rough and irresistible.
Magic Bird - The Early Years - Maria Tanase
Recordings made by the Romanian singer between 1936 and 1939, most in Bucharest, accompanied by various ensembles of violins, bass, cimbalom, cobza, accordion, clarinet, etc.
The Sounds of the Vanishing World - Kroke
In a world of unlimited communication and millennium hysteria, Kroke want us to think about things that are really important in life: Earth, Water, Fire and Love (all titles on this recording). It is also about the important events of the last decades. Basing their work on the Eastern European and Balkans tradition of Klezmer music, they also include jazz, improvisation, pop, avant-garde music and much more. These three musicians, well known in Klezmer circles, are always exciting and full of surprises, breaking new ground with their music at each turn. This 2000 release, like their others, was produced in Krakow, itself a symbol of 'the disappearing world.'
Tangolar: The Bel Ami of Turkish Tango - Ibrahim Ozgur
In the late 20s and 30s tango was very popular in Turkey. For many composers and singers it was the first contact they had with "western" music. Turkish musicians and singer Ibrahim Özgür wrote many tango songs and had an evident talent for nostalgia. His velvety voice was predestined for romantic tangos. The songs on this CD were recorded in Istanbul between 1938 and 1949.
Solo Para O Sol - Cathrin Pfeifer
One of the best piano accordionist on the German folk and world music scene, a former memeber of the legendary band Jams, this 1998 CD finds her as part of a quartet with Topo Gioia, percussion; Thommy Jordi, fender bass; Horst Nonnenmacher, acoustic bass.
Echoes from Afar - Old World Tangos Vol.1 - various
A look at how the tango affected the world's music in a series of early performances from Rumania (Jean Moscopol, Titi Botez); Turkey (Seyyan Hanim, Ibrahim Özgür); Russia (Pjotr Leschenko); Greece (Sofia Vembo); Egypt (Farid El Atrache) and Algeria (Lili Boniche).
Yiddpop - Fayvish
The Berlin based band brings together what they believe has been separated for a too long time: songwriting, punkpop, jazz and Yiddish music. Steffen Illner (double bass), Philipp Bernhardt (drums), and Fabian Schnedler (guitar/voice/songwriting) with Alan Bern (accordion, melodica, keyboards) and Paul Brody (trumpet) as guest musicians blend these ingredients with utter coolness. The lyrics by modern and contemporary Yiddish poets (e.g. Peretz Markish, Itzik Manger, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Morris Rosenfeld or Peretz Miranksy) risk a sly look at today's bitters of life. Alan Bern says: "The band grooves like mad, but so relaxed and with so much space, you could drive a train through it. The chords, melodies, riffs and hooks are all freshly twisted out of something you feel like you must have heard before, but you haven't. This is the most individual, natural, flowing, and deeply connected take on Yiddish language and song I've heard in a long, long time."
Gypsy Killer - Sanda Weigl
Bucharest, Berlin, New York: The life of Sanda Weigl is a mirror of recent European history. In her native Rumania, she was a child star singing gipsy songs on national TV. A relative of Helene Weigel, Brecht's widow, she fled to Eastern Berlin with her parents in 1961. As a member of the rock band Team 4 she made it to the GDR charts. When she protested against USSR's invasion of Prague, she was banned from performing in public and later deported to Western Berlin. There she started a career in theatre which led her to work with Luc Bondy, Jürgen Flimm, Peter Zadek and Robert Wilson. Meanwhile Weigl lives in New York and got back to the music that characterized her youth and kept her alive in GDR prison: the passionate songs of the Roma and Sinti Gypsies that came over in the interpretation of the gifted Romanian singer Maria Tanase. Listen
Negau: Songs from Asia - Anna Saeki
The Japanese artist has made a name for herself as a singer of tango… an unusual occupation for an Asian woman, to be sure. On her new recording, she takes it full circle, with a group of tango and jazz musicians helping her reinterpret the music of Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan and more, recorded in New York and Berlin.
Traktorist: Carpathian Klezmer - Di Naye Kapelye
Di Naye Kapelye goes 50ies-socialism? After a lot of hunting the indefatigable fieldworker Bob Cohen researched a socialist build-up song in yiddish - the scrumptious "Traktorist", praising not only the tractor itself and the five-year plan performance, but also, if not to say mainly, the bigger chances of a tractor driver to hit on the girls. Again, Di Naye Kapelye reaffirms their outstanding role regarding Jewish music from the Carpathian Basin - authentic, rough and tender, danceable and soaked with a deep and true love for the heritage that's treasured by these passioned musicians ever since we can remember.
Schamlos Schön: 13 alte Lieder aus Deutschland - Tine Kindermann
Kindermann sings German folk songs accompanied by American rock musicians and arranged by Frank London. The result is astonishingly natural. There was something in these five centuries old songs that resisted obliteration. Mothers preserved them in secret; grandmothers and kindergarten teachers sang and sing to their children the songs of their own childhoods. Kindermann has blown the dust off these songs and made them alive, fresh, good as new. With her musicians, she has put them in an unusual contemporary intercultural context. She offers them to us, tenderly and unabashedly, songs of love and – in the words of Heine's "Loreley" – bygone ages. The band: Marc Ribot und Greg Cohen (Tom Waits Band) on guitar and double bass, Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle) on keyboards and Frank London (Klezmatics).
Tango clásico y moderno - Anna Saeki
I was dubious, too. A Japanese tango singer.. surely a gimmick. But her 20 years of singing experience, and her wise selection of orchestras and small ensembles make these recordings a nice little addition ot a complete tango collection, an acknowledgement of the international influence that Argentine music has had. To be sure, she sings these classica nd modern songs like no one else, and there is a distinctive sound to it all, and perhaps that is why I was most attracted to it.
Seventh Trip - Kroke
Kroke didn't get lost in the dark grounds of a midlife crisis, and this seventh album is more than an itch of desire. Their music has developed from what is regarded as traditional klezmer but their music is definately forward-looking, perhaps even a little avant garde.
A Podolian Affair - Konsonans Retro
In the southeast of Podolia, just a few minutes from the Moldavian border, you'll find the home of the Baranovskys family. In this region Ukrainians played with Moldovans, with Jews, with Gypsies and Russians, sharing their music and making something new. The musicisn of this extended family offer a fresh look at the unique traditions of their home, music that is steeped in the sounds of klezmer but also, so much more.
Spiewam zycie – I sing life - Edyta Geppert and Kroke
The well-known Polish klezmer innovators join with one of Poland's finest singers of folk and chanson for a special release of music that avoids being penned in by categories like world music, folk or chanson. The distinctive instrumental style of Kroke, based on their Jewish and East European roots, joins perfectly the expressive voice of Edyta and the ambitious lyrics of the Polish songs.
Dus Gezang fun mayn harts - Karsten Troyke
Singer and indefatigable promoter of Yiddish language and culture in his home town Berlin, Karsten Troyke does not care so much about where the tango originally comes from. His distinctive style refers to the Jewish theatre and cabaret song of the Twenties and early Thirties just as to the renaissance of the Yiddish 'Schlager' ofn the Fifties, and after all his art has that brightness you will not find while searching it. He is accompanied by Trio SCHO (Gennadi Dessiatnik, violin, backing vocals; Valeri Khoryshman, accordion; Michael Jach, double bass and guest musician Jan Hermerschmidt on clarinet.
Intimate Hopes and Terrors - Tales from the Kishkes - The Merlin Shepherd Kapelye
Musician, teacher and interpreter of traditional East European klezmer clarinet is joined by the former Soviet Union Klezmer All Stars or, in his own words, some of the greatest klezmer players in the world today. Klezmer played with such passion, Jewish music directly from the heart, the soul, music from the gut, the kishkes, the very center of the human spirit. Jewish music that comes closer to one of the many ways that it may or probably may not have sounded so long ago.
Ziara: Sephardic Women's Songs of the Balkans - Ruth Yaakov Ensemble
Yaakov collects and interpretes the songs of the Sephardim,the Hispano-Jewish refugees that settled mainly in the Ottoman Empire around the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans. The singer is backed by a wonderful ensemble of clarinet, penny whistle, ud, yayli tanbur, baglama, double bass and percussion.
Quartet - Live - Kroke
The two Kroke concerts at Radio Kraków Studio on October 9th and 10th, 2003 were something special. They were concerts of a group that after years of intensive touring all over Europe felt obliged to thank their friends in their home town for their long-time support. And there were so many friends to thank that it turned out to be two concerts.
ten pieces to save the world - Kroke
The Polish trio of Tomasz Kukurba (viola; violin; voice; wind instruments; whistling; piano; percussion; mouth percussion), Jerzy Bawol (accordion), Tomasz Lato (double bass) present music on this 2003 recording that may not save the world, but will certainly make it a more interesting place to visit!
1931: Gipsy Songs and Other Passions - Pjotr Leschenko
Leschenko was known as 'the king of the Russian tango' and his singing was passionate and rich. Born in a Russian town south of Odessa in what was to become Romania after the 1st world war, he became an icon throughout eastern Europe, one of the most sought after popular singers of his time. These 1931 recordings are part of the work from what were considered to be from his peak years from the early to mid 1930s.
1935 - Tangos, Foxtrots and Romances - Pjotr Leschenko
From the pages of fRoots: "Pjotr Leschenko's story is complex and tragically fascinating. Russian by birth, he achieved immense popularity in the 1930s and was known as "The Russian King Of The Tango". He toured the old Ottoman Empire extensively, was a resident in Berlin during the Weimar Republic days, played Paris, Vienna, Riga and London, ran his own club in Bucharest, spent the war performing for the Romanian military, was arrested, on stage, by Stalin's regime and died in a Bucharest prison camp at the age of 56. As a motif of his internationalism, the first track here is a tango sung in Russian, recorded in London, featuring a blistering Hawaiian guitar solo. This programme of tangos, romances and fox trots (with some hot playing from what are probably English dance band musicians), displays Leschenko's talents both as a guitarist and as a singer of great warmth of emotion. Some of the stuff here, especially the romances, could honestly be filed under 'Curate's Egg' and will not be to everyone's taste, but just about half the tracks are tangos, recorded in both London and Riga during 1935, and are lovely. The mastering is excellent, although the Riga recordings suffer from poor original engineering and are a little distant and noisy. The notes, in French, German and English are succinct, factual and include a superb vintage photograph of the artist, while the overall packaging is the most handsome I've seen in some time."
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