It is wonderful to hear these old-time tunes played with such a straight forward sense of fun. Each track is a finely honed combination of inspired arranging and expert playing. This is a must-have CD for those interested in great string playing and those in need of a fresh, delightful approach to the traditions of Eastern Europe; it will put a spring in your step a smile on your face. In 2004 Monique Lansdorp teamed up with Laura and Mike for a performance at a folk festival in Corsica. It seems the experience was a good one, because they have been working together ever since. Rather than reproducing the traditional music, this trio addresses the timeless basics: dance-ability, passion and entertainment.Monique, Laura and Mike have paid their dues, studying old recordings and learning the playing styles. These people have serious chops. Monique is a Balkan fiddler, with a crisp technique and a warm sound. She knows how to set a mood and how to entertain with a fiery improvisation. She has studied classical violin, musicology at the University of Utrecht and travels extensively in Eastern Europe, where she plays with some of the top performers in Bulgaria and Romania. Laura Cesar delved into her musical roots through her work with the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. She has always kept her interest in Klezmer music alive, while fostering a successful career in Jazz. She is an imaginative bassist, equally at home playing melody or interesting and solid grooves. Mike Horowitz grew up hearing the old time Klezmer sound at family functions.With roots in Eastern European Jewry and an education in classical and electro-acoustic music, he adds a unique and interesting perspective to his arrangements and compositions. Mike gives a new meaning to the role of 'secund' in the traditional Fidl Kapelye.
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