New Reviews: June 6, 2001
Canadian fiddle virtuoso April Verch showcases her amazing talent on her
newest album, Verchuosity. April Verch is so talented that she can step
dance and play the fiddle at the same time with ease. Traditional
instrumental tunes stemming from Scottish, Celtic, French, Brazilian,
Appalachian and Folk traditions comprise the majority of this recording.
However, several original tunes are composed by April Verch. Numerous
instruments accompany the fiddle, including the string bass, guitar,
mandolin, frailed banjo, electric bass, piano, button accordion, bodhran,
clarinet, saxophone, dumbek, clave and djembe. Fans of Canadian folk music,
Nordic folk music and fiddle music in general, will undoubtedly enjoy
Verchuosity. Similar artist include Donal Lunny (Ireland), JPP (Finland)
and Natalie Macmaster (Canada).
I Left My Sweet Homeland (Elindultan Szep Hazambol)
The Okros Ensemble
I Left My Sweet Homeland features traditional folk music from Romania and
Hungary. Laszlo Klemen is the ethnomusicologist and researcher largely
responsible for the preservation of traditional folk music from Romania and
Hungary. The violin, cymbalom, viola, double bass, guitar and drum are used
throughout the album. Female vocalist Agnes Herczku, lends her beautiful
vocals on a few of the tracks. Gypsy melodies and folk rhythms are
representative of Central European musical traditions. The Okros Ensemble
combines excellent musicianship with thousands of years of musical tradition
to create a remarkable recording that brings to life the rich, musical
history of Central Europe.
El Neuvo Tango (New Tangos)
Argentinian-born Saul Cosentino has been playing piano for the past 70
years. El Neuvo Tango showcases his amazing playing abilities. Several
other instruments can be heard, including the violin, bandoneon, guitar,
bass, drums, flute and soprano saxophone. Together, the instruments form an
enjoyable mix of traditional Argentinian music. Vocalists Maria Eugenia
Darre, Donna Caroll and Hernan Salis add their varied and important musical
abilities on a few select tracks. Jazzy compositions, bolero/tango musical
styles, classical Brazilian melodies and traditional vocals make El Neuvo
Tango an essential album for fans of South American music.
Reviews by Matthew J. Forss.