I sing in a buncha languages in DC, play guitar, banjo, keyboards,
piano, various kinds of ethnic drums and things to blow on. Last couple
of years have been giving away musical instruments to sons - sitar to
one, gave up my gaida (bagpipe from Macedonia), thinking of popping the
bucks to buy new ones.
Bagpipes! I'll never get used to them. Something about the raspiness makes
me want to hit someone with a sword. You must be popular with the neighbors
Typical of the Balkans, every link I followed on the gaida referred to
"The set starts off with two of the big names in Bulgarian music,
clarinetist Ivo Papazov and singer Yildiz Ibrahimova. But expect the
unexpected here. The two present duets for reed and voice alone, in an
eerie, post-modern style that is as much Meredith Monk as Balkan
celebration. The pair squeak, squawk and shout a freeform music that is
sometimes sweet and beautiful, and sometimes way on the outside. "
*Meredith Monk*? I thought I *dreamed* her 30 years ago. Turns out she has
a website and looks like she's still pretty active. (I love big cities.
She'd starve in this 5M burg.) Turns out she's even playing the Catskills in
a couple of weeks.... http://www.mro.org/zmm/index.php .
Sounds like an alt.arch road trip!
Ivo Papasov et all are jazz musicians who, btw, regularly make it to US
and Canada, best album is "Wedding Music" As a Montenegrin, you oughta
As for traditional gaida, this is something else entirely, usually
played as festivals and celebrations, like at the end of an all night
vigil where after the service is ove, you go out and eat and dance:
I guess it's an acquired taste, but I wasn't talking about bagpipe
music. Ivo Papasov's Wedding Music is the kind of music that Serbs,
Romani and Montenegrins always have for weddings, literally. It
features about ten or eleven kinds of brass instruments augmented by
some modern ones and some ones we never see in North America. It's hard
to explain until you hear it. But with Ivo, it's also jazz. Here is
brass music with added dumbek and drums on Saint Nicholas Day in Macedonia:
Really good...On the other hand, a local church is kinda known for its
Kapusta piroshki with musroom s that one lady makes.....By the time you
make it home from church after a few bucks worth of these, you are
creating your own fuel. Problem? How to harness that fuel...
Speaking of sheep, you can't make decent popara with cow cheese .
Mamaglia (kachamak) owes itself to AMERICANS.
There was no corn to mix the cheese into , etc. until corn got exported
from us . And there is no decent kachamak without kajmak (an import
frm Central Asia. Although I had the mare's milk kind once, a more
interesting one is made from bivolitsa, the small buffalo.
Everyone owes everything to everyone and everything else. You didn't
create your atoms - they were undoubtedly part of people and things
that came before. Everything else is meaningless subdivision for the
purposes of Ego.
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