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In Europe, klezmers and gypsies played together from time immemorial. They were not only united by their nomadic lifestyle and the persecutions afflicting both groups, but also their musical sensitivity. For centuries, Jewish and gypsy bands co-inspired each other.
Raphael Roginski’s musical fascination with the figure of Django Reinhardt, the master of gypsy swing, led to the creation of the Drom musical project. The blending of gypsy music and jazz began to take place at the beginning of the 20th century in France, yet it had existed in more traditional form much earlier in Poland and Russia. The group performs the music of Django Reinhardt, blending it with a contemporary Jewish sound and the music of the Polish and Russian Rom.
Raphael Roginski – guitar; Wacław Zimpel – tarogato; clarinet, Bartłomiej Tycinski – guitar, banjo; Ksawery Wójcinski – double bass

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from MuLaKuŻ - New Jewish Music Out of Poland, track released November 30, 2011

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MuLaKuŻ Poland

MuLaKuŻ is a music project implemented by the Jewish Culture Festival Society at the Festival’s official coffeehouse, the Cheder Cafe. The laboratory present new Jewish music as the living organic tissue reacting to contemporary trends and music genres, vivid and fertile, rather than being a klezmer museum piece. ... more

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