One Saturday evening I got chatting to Mehdi, an Iranian musician who plays in the band Roots Revival Romania. I told him about my blog and he gave me a CD. The cover has a nice design and is made from recycled paper. I felt very grateful but I didn’t tell him that I don’t have a CD player. Within a week I got one.
I put the album in the player, planning to listen to the music while tidying up and preparing tea. But the music stopped me and put me back on the chair. My ears were hooked to the sound.
Roots Revival Romania is an international gathering of artists some of whom use traditional instruments from their own countries (Turkish oud, Iranian ney, Bulgarian gadulka) to create music inspired by Romanian folklore.
Their blend of instruments and voices creates a lively and mystical sound. I have listened to their album again and again and it’s a fresh experience every time. I discovered harmonies I hadn’t heard previously and my mind wandered with the tunes.
Their album is called “Colors of Maria” and they acknowledge Maria Tanase, a legendary Romanian musician who died in 1963, as their inspiration. Her voice makes me think of the Danube’s flow – deep, steady, powerful. She was called the Romanian Edith Piaf. You can listen to her singing here.
In contrast, Roots Revival Romania’s music is more playful, a mosaic of sounds from different cultures and personalities.
Their album is available in Romania (online at Carturesti.ro). You can also see them on youtube, below:
Photo credit: Roots Revival Romania