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Loyko / Gypsy Times for Nunja

Gypsy Times for Nunja

The world's most famous and internationally successful Russian Gypsy ensemble presents a new and extended line-up. The "devilish fiddler" Sergei Erdenko, whose "fingers sweep across the strings like a leopard’s claws across a tree" (FAZ), is joined by the sensitive fiddler Georgy Osmolovsky, famed for his improvisational talent, the guitarist Alesha Bezlepkin, who is strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt, and the celebrated singer and dancer Leonsia Erdenko who is hugely popular in Moscow. This album spans a broad range of Russian Gypsy music in all its melancholy, joy and ecstasy – from the polyphonic songs of the nomads to filigree violin duets that echo the sounds of the forests and birdsong, and from instrumental pieces incorporating elements of Gypsy Swing in complex parables to the smouldering vocals of Leonsia as she sings of the freedom-loving Gypsies, their yearnings and their pleasures.

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