June 28, 2006 - Makor, NYC


Gypsy, Hungarian and European Music

Photos: Gabriella Gyorffy

"One of the best bands performing this music in concert."

Simon Broughton, Songlines

"Romano Drom's efforts last night earned them a standing ovation, and rightly so. It really was a unique musical event. "

Louis McConnell, Belfast Telegraph

Romano Drom ("Gypsy Road" in the Romani language) is a contemporary Gypsy band based in Budapest, Hungary. With centuries of Romany tradition in their music, they utilize household utensils as instruments, such as milk churn and wooden spoon, alongside their unique vocal stylings and have created a more modern urban sound through the introduction of accordion, guitar, double bass, violin and percussion.

Romano Drom's music reflects the tradition and modernity of the music of the Oláh Gypsies from Valachia, Hungary, who were traditionally horse traders and travelling salesmen who entered the country in the middle of the 19th century. The Oláh lived on the margin of society and created their own music expressing Roma life. They traditionally don't use any instruments apart from domestic utensils, such as water cans, wooden spoons or any other percussion implement. Since the 1960s, young gypsies have introduced the guitar and sometimes the mandolin or the tambura.

Members of Romano Drom split from Ando Drom, another well known Hungarian Gypsy band. Their first album,Déta Dévla, was released in Hungary in 1999. Ando Foro (In the city) came out in November 2001 on the French Label Daqui and is distributed by Harmonia Mundi. Their last album Ande Lindri (In Dream) came out in October 2003 on the same label. Their next album is scheduled for a fall 2006 release.

Source: Steve Lurie

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