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The ancient musical traditions from the “lautari” gypsies of Romania are extended through the initial performances of Taraf de Haïdouks, a band of 12 instrumentalists and singers aged 20 to 78. Furthermore to documenting four unforgettable albums of traditional music, the group provides appeared on tv with Yehudi Menuhin and it has documented and performed with Swiss pop superstar Stephan Eicher. The music of Taraf de Haïdouks was highlighted in Tony Gartlif’s award-winning film, Latcho Drom. Based on David Harrington of Kronos Quartet, Taraf de Haïdouks “consider their listeners towards the fact of music; that place where in fact the bow fits the string and an environment of actions comes after.” Taraf de Haïdouks, who consider their name from the Haidouks, Robin Hood-like thieves who are recalled in lots of from the group’s ballads, hail from the tiny Romanian vollage of Clejani, southwest of Bucharest. The group trapped close to their house village until getting “uncovered” by Stephen Karo and Michael Wintertime, two Belgian music supporters who became enchanted with Taraf de Haïdouks’ music throughout a visit to Romania in 1990. Furthermore to organizing many concerts for the music group in Belgium, Karo and Wintertime brought these to the eye of globe music record label, Crammed Discs. After executing to a keen crowd on the WOMAD celebration in 1991, Taraf de Haïdouks released their debut record, Musique Des Tsiganes De Roumanie. The record reached the very best slot machine on Europe’s globe music graphs and presented the band’s music to a worldwide market. Taraf de Haïdouks’ second record, Honourable Brigands, released in 1994, was voted “Greatest World Music Record” with the German Critics Association. The group continuing their achievement with Dumbala Dumba, released in 1998, which included performances by such guests as Rosioru, a professional of Valachian Gypsy crooners, Viorica Rudareasa, a famous Romanian feminine vocalist, and Napoleon, an associate from the Urasi, a Romanian keep trainer caste. Taraf de Haïdouks’ self-titled 4th album premiered in 1999. A documentary video of Taraf de Haïdouks was filmed by French movie director Man Demoy in 1998.

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Music Songs Clejani Love Song, Turceasca, Balada Conducatorolui, Dragoste de La Clejani, Dumbala dumba, Balalau From Bucharest, Padure verde, padure, Rustem, The Return of the Magic Horses, Spune spune, mo? batrîn..., Back to Clejani, Sirba, Hora din caval, A la turk, Parlapapup, Green Leaf, Clover Leaf, Sabarelu, Hora ca la ursari, Moldavian Shepherds' Dance, Dance of the Firemen, Tot taraful, Cintec de dragoste si joc, A Gypsy Had a House, The High Balcony In Ciolpan, Hora Moldovenesca, A Stork Crosses the Danube, in the Company of a Raven, I've Got A Parachute Skirt, Bride in a Red Dress, Cacurica Dances, I'm a Gambling Man, Little Buds, Cold Snowball
Albums Band of Gypsies 2, Band of Gypsies, Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts, Dumbala dumba, Maškarada, Honourable Brigands, Magic Horses and Evil Eye, Musique des Tziganes de Roumanie, Live at Union Chapel, Musiques des Tziganes de Roumanie, The Continuing Adventures of Taraf de Haïdouks, Taraf de Haïdouks, Such Was My Life Ep

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Balkan Soul & Gypsy Blues 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Hora din Caval", "Dragoste de la Clejani"
The Brothers Grimm 2005 performer: "Cacurica Dances"
Morvern Callar 2002 performer: "Cind Eram De '48" - as Taraf De Haidouks
The Man Who Cried 2000 performer: "Bangi Khelimos", "Ducho Balvalo", "Dido's Lament", "Baladele Revoluteii", "Tiganesca", "Chalarimastar Te Bistraw"
Opre Roma: Gypsies in Canada 1999 TV Movie documentary "Cuculetu"



237 Years 2016 Short completed
La ballade du serpent 1991 Documentary



The Man Who Cried 2000 Romany Band (as Taraf De Haïdouks)



From ATP: From Pain and Pleasure 2014 Documentary
Balkan Spirit 2013 Documentary Themselves
Balkan Soul & Gypsy Blues 2009 TV Movie documentary Themselves
When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan 2006 Documentary Themselves
Later... With Jools Holland 2003 TV Series Themselves
Le cercle de minuit 1995 TV Series Themselves
Taratata 1995 TV Series Themselves

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