Vardos has toured extensively for over two decades, garnering glowing reviews for its electrifying live performances.
Led by violinist Alana Hunt, the ‘live wire in chief’, and learning their craft from folk and Roma musicians in Eastern Europe, Vardos combines accordion, double bass and violin in performances of stirring compositions that draw on gypsy form and melodies.
Vardos delves into eclectic modern gypsy music from Romania, tracing the beloved musical tradition to its Eastern sources. In contemporary Romania synthesisers and electric violins have crept in, but here Vardos plays traditional instruments in the classic ‘Taraf’ formation of violin, accordion and double bass, with vocal laments and ballads in Romanian and Romany (gypsy) language. These rousing works unearth a trove of mysterious and exotic wonders.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Vardos
Alana Hunt violin
Sofia Chapman piano accordion/vocals/viola/hurdy gurdy
Kirri Büchler double bass
Saraiman (Path of Sapphires)
Mahala (Sounds of Suburban Bucharest)
My Beautiful Shtetl of Belz
Polenta and Cheese
Turceasca (in the Turkish manner)
Dance Cycle from Szaszcsavas
Hora from the Mountains
In a Persian Market
This production is part of the following series:
Friday 8 November 2019 6pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Standard $39 ($29 Concession)
This concert is set in-the-round. Seating in the Primrose Potter Salon is general admission.
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