Being Rumanian gypsies, Orchestra Mihalache
consists of the accordion player Andrei and his two sons
George and Meltiade, playing the hammer-beaten stringed
instrument Tambal and violin, respectively. The music on
the new CD is based on tunes played by the Mihalache family
for generations. They play with that certain drive that
has made gypsy musicians renowned worldwide and made Mihalache
a famous and respected name in Rumania. Today, the name
Mihalache has become synonymous with good music.
Musicians as the Mihalaches are known as Lautari in Rumania.
A Lautar is a professional musician, who lives by playing
at weddings and other festive occassions. Therefore, the
repertoire is lively and intense. From fast dancing tunes,
such as sirbas and horas, to sentimental love songs.
Since this is folk music, it is not learned from a score,
but ‘by ear’ from one musician to another. Traditionally,
every time a Lautar plays a melodi he re-interprets it,
which means that it sounds slightly different each time.
George and Meltiade have learned the tunes by playing
with their father, who learned them from his father, Iancu
Ciupitu, and so forth. The mother of the two brothers is
from a family of Lautari too. Andrei Mihalache played, among
many others, with the legendary singer Romica Puceanu, and
is to day a highly respected figure as one of the remaining
lautari of the 'old times'.
Check the Orchestra Mihalache website at www.mihalache.dk
Published 20th June 2003