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Nyolc 8 Nyolc

by Söndörgő

What Söndörgő combine brilliantly is a respect for the traditions, a desire to innovate and a fizzing unstoppable virtuosity.
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1. Parsley Bride
2:07 album only
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2. Kind of Bela
4:00 album only
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3. Tines
5:10 album only
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4. Riba
13:28 album only
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5. Merakolo
3:21 album only
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6. Adardeli’s Ladder
11:18 album only
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7. Stani
7:18 album only
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8. Broad Leaves
5:55 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I first heard Sondorgo at the Ordogkatlan Festival in Hungary’s Villany region, and I remember my first thought as I saw the instruments on the stage before the band appeared: what on earth are those things? Thus was my introduction to the tambura in its many sizes and shapes. As the band started to play I began to realize what a high level of skill and cohesion they have; every note and rhythm was well timed, articulated and in tune, and the collective rhythmic propulsion was unstoppable. As the set went on, they began to switch among themselves to all kinds of instruments and took turns starring in various roles, offering a huge amount of musical variety within their style. By the end of the set, I, along with everyone else in the crowd, was completely won over by the talent, joie de vivre, and teamwork of these exceptional musicians. This album showcases the band’s strengths very well. The tambura serves as the backbone for all the band’s music and they are all masters of this lovely and versatile stringed instrument. In addition, their undeniable virtuosity on a multiitude of other instruments (accordion, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, kaval, flute, various drums, etc.) adds many other colors and textures to their music. The way they program the album also shows the band’s strengths; there are many well-timed highs and lows that keep the listener engaged with the musical narrative and wondering what will happen next. Most importantly, the obvious joy they have making music together shines through on this recording. They have expanded my knowledge and enjoyment of a musical style I was previously unfamiliar with, and I hope you will share my delight at hearing them play.

Chris Potter

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