Traditions of the Ancestors brings to life the wisdom, history, traditions, achievements, and stories of people and cultures from around the world. Here is where we connect people to cultural artists who can share their work and their culture in a healthy and respectful way.
This product can be purchased from our partner, Traditional Crossroads Music.
Two generations of musicians celebrated for their performances of the music of their Eastern European homelands join forces to explore the shared musical roots of the culturally rich territories east of the Danube, from Hungary and Romania to Croatia, Slovakia and western Ukraine. Notes include song histories and translations.
Praise for Harmonia
National Public Radio: "A musical gem"
Washington, DC Folklore Society: "obscenely talented"
SingOut: "It is hard to describe Harmonia's music without sounding overblown, but the adjectives called to mind are no exaggeration. Brilliant. Lush. Dazzling. Soulful. All true, but still insufficient to evoke the passion and exhilaration, the melancholy and triumph, that a Harmonia performance evokes. Each individual musician is stunningly virtuosic; together, they weave a complex layer of richly textured sound...."
Cleveland Scene: "Harmonia...[blends] Hungarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Croatian influences. The 7-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, cimbalom, taragot, and pan flute, its rhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied. Imagine the energy of the Pogues, only with a female singer and no drummer. Beata Begeniova, from eastern Slovakia, has a voice as beautiful as her smile. A joy by any standard."
The complete album is available for purchase from our partner, Traditional Crossroads Music.
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