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Magic Violin

Balkan Music from Danube Regions with Drops of Ottoman.

This performance features Eastern European and Balkan music from the Danube regions with influences of Ottoman culture. Starting at the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen, Germany, which is only 200 kilometers away from Gundula's place of origin, the musical journey of the evening will take us through Vienna and Budapest, all the way to the Black Sea in Ukraine and Romania. We will focus on pieces with hints of Ottoman influence, and the Blue Danube waltz will not be performed.

Band leader Gundula has been exploring the music of the Gypsy Romany people in Eastern European and Balkan regions for more than 20 years. During her frequent fieldwork travels, she collects pieces and delves into their musical and ethnographical backgrounds. From these traditional tunes, Gundula crafts musical arrangements that preserve the archaic elements and the ancient beauty of the traditional music.

The focus of her research for 2022/2023 has been music from the Danube regions with influences from the Ottoman era, as well as more recent Turkish influences. One can find traces of Ottoman elements in terms of modes, rhythmic and melodic structure, and ornamentation. More recent Turkish influences are also present, with Balkan Romany musicians learning from the famous Turkish Romany virtuosos who are masters of improvisation. Their distinct style of playing can be heard in both traditional music and in modern Turbofolk and Chalga music genres.

There was also the sunken island of Adah Kaleh, located near Orșova, Romania. It was almost entirely populated by Turkish people. It was submerged in 1970 when the Danube dam was built. Before that, the Turkish population had emigrated, but apart from some Baklava and rose oil, certain musical influences were left behind.

About the Magic Violin Trio
In a story told through music, The Magic Violin Trio transport the listener through countries and cultures performing Eastern European and Balkan folk and Gypsy music. Influenced by musical traditions of old, the trio of strings and singer bring a fresh and charismatic feel to their performances.

The Magic Violin Trio comprises of Gundula on lead vocals and violin, Jeremy Halliwell on guitar, and Fraser Perry on cello and backing vocals. They evolved in 2020 from the string players of Gundula’s 5-piece Balkan ensemble Tatcho Drom, when Corona restrictions meant only three players were allowed in the rehearsal space.

When arranging pieces for the trio, Gundula takes the inspiration by old Balkan music traditions and their string line-ups, comprising of instruments like the tambura, oud and balalaika. Her aim is to write fresh arrangements that preserve the reminiscent of age-old practice and its magic.

The Magic Violin Trio isn’t bound by genre; they bring their deft approach to a breadth of musical styles. Anything goes that contains magic and their repertoire consists of not only Balkan/Eastern European but also pieces from Silk Road regions and Ottoman times, Nordic folk, Klezmer and old-fashioned jazz tunes.

The Magic Violin Trio have had the pleasure of playing many different kinds of venue; from concerts at large conference centres and churches to more modest studio theatres, art cafes and dinner receptions, their unique, intimate sound is perfectly suited to any sophisticated setting. Amongst their roster of current performance projects is a collaboration with Storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton, and From Weddings and Funerals, a performance repertoire that features a roller-coaster of joy, exuberance, melancholy and transition.

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