is one of the recordings where the accordion is not the main instrument
but is an equal part of the ensemble (trio), consisting of Jacek
Grekow (accordion, bagpipe & kaval), Jan Mlejnek (clarinet
& tambura) and Bartosz Mlejnek (double bass). Jacek was born
in Bialystok (Poland) and graduated at the Vienna Conservatory.
Jan and Bartosz are also Polish and are students of the Music
Academy "F. Chopin" in Warsaw.
Thematically, this recording is
based on folk melodies and rhythms of the south Balkans: Macedonia
and Bulgaria. The use of authentic instruments and vocals also
contributes to the originality of the music and the region it
After hearing this recording, I
was totally fascinated with the ability of the musicians to bring
the genre of traditional folk music to the form of sophisticated
concert performance. It takes musicians of a high professionalism
to be able to do that. All the musicians appearing on this recording
are that - professionals in what they do. Their professionalism
covers all the areas of this recording, beginning with the choice
of the pieces, marvellous arrangements, superior performance,
excellent sound quality and engineering, and ending with the very
good quality and design of the CD cover.
I found it quite amazing how this
ensemble brought to the concert stage the genre of the traditional
folk, making it a 12 track musical story, appealing to anybody
regardless of their musical background.
LOVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING! *****