Gypsy in a Tree

Gypsy in a Tree

by Sanda Weigl
     
 
Sanda Weigl was born in Bucharest, Romania and spent her childhood steeped in the traditional songs and melodies of the Roma (or Gypsy) people. But as an adolescent she found herself in political exile in East Germany, absorbing the musical culture of Berlin's theater district, where she came to love the music of Brecht and

Overview

Sanda Weigl was born in Bucharest, Romania and spent her childhood steeped in the traditional songs and melodies of the Roma (or Gypsy) people. But as an adolescent she found herself in political exile in East Germany, absorbing the musical culture of Berlin's theater district, where she came to love the music of Brecht and Weill. Another displacement came when she was expelled as an enemy of the East German state and settled on the other side of the city for a time before finally relocating to New York, where she gravitated to the downtown scene and helped introduce such local celebrities as guitarist Marc Ribot and reedman Doug Wieselman to the rich heritage of Roma music. On Gypsy in a Tree you can clearly hear all of the influences of her past: there is a definite Brecht/Weill tinge to "Intr-o Zi la Poarta Mea" and a strong undertow of tango rhythms on both "Saraiman" and "Nu Exista-n Lumea Asta," while the album-closing "Alomalo" sounds like a polka as written by Ennio Morricone for a surrealist Western, and "Jandarmul" combines a dreamily (if ultimately drearily) arrhythmic jazz progression with a desultory tabla beat. Throughout the album, Weigl sings in a voice and in a style that both evoke Edith Piaf in a Gypsy bar, and there's a general mood of longing and regret; but occasionally the light shines through, as on the sprightly and fun "Ani Mei Si Tineretea," and moments like that one give this album an unusual richness of emotional texture. Gypsy in a Tree may not grab you immediately, but it's worth multiple listens.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Barbes
UPC:
0881626936320
catalogNumber:
29
Rank:
326673

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sanda Weigl   Primary Artist,Vocals
Satoshi Takeishi   Percussion
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Guitar,Guest Appearance
Stomu Takeishi   Electric Bass
Sanda   Vocals
Shoko Nagai   Piano,Accordion,farfisa organ
Ben Stapp   Tuba,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Anthony Coleman   Arranger
Satoshi Takeishi   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Sanda Weigl   translation
Sanda   Composer
Shoko Nagai   Arranger
Takeishi   Composer
Grit Friedrich   Text
Alexandra von Oerzen   Engineer
Mary Kaplan   English Translations
Lucie Pohl   English Translations
Klaus Pohl   translation

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