We're Taraf de Haidouks, the legendary Gypsy band from Romania, and we need your help!
We want to record a new album in the coming months (our first since 2007), and this is where you come in.
As you all probably know, the music business is not what it used to be…
Yet we strive to continue producing our music with the best possible quality standards, musically and technically.
To achieve this, we've put together this crowdfunding campaign, to ask our beloved fans to help raise part of the production costs.
And in return for you contribution, as you'll notice, we have some special goodies for you!
What are the fund for?
For the first time since the "Dumbala Dumba" album (1998), and since the sad demise of our oldest vocalists (Ion Manole, Niculae Neacsu, Cacurica and Ilie Iorga), we will revisit some of the old styles which have enchanted Western audiences on our earlier albums. We are digging back into our repertoire of medieval Romanian ballads and old Gypsy love songs. And will spice things up with a selection of old-school dance tunes, and Turkish-flavoured instrumentals.
To do this, we are re-enlisting some of our former collaborators, such as Tsagoi (a great singer, the son of the late Neacsu), Gheorghe Manole (another excellent vocalist, who has mastered the repertoire of his father, the wonderful Ion Manole), and Viorica, the woman who sang our iconic song "Dumbala Dumba".
We also have some new members who will take part in the recording, the brothers Florin (on accordion) and Gigi (on double bass).
The album will be recorded partly in Romania, but mostly in the famous Dada Studios in Brussels, during two or three separate series of sessions, which will necessitate several trips to Brussels. The mix will be entrusted with Vincent Kenis (who mixed all our previous records). Our faithful manager Stephane Karo and label Crammed Discs are supporting us, as they have since day one. But, given the current situation of recorded music, we won't be able to complete this project without our fans' contributions.
For more information on the history of Taraf de Haïdouks, please go here:
About the project owner
Ever since the release of their debut album and their first visit to western Europe back in 1991, Taraf de Haïdouks are considered as the epitome of Gypsy music’s fabulous vitality. They've relentlessly toured all around the globe, have released acclaimed albums and a DVD, and their countless fans include people like the late Yehudi Menuhin, Kronos Quartet (with whom they've recorded and performed), actor Johnny Depp (alongside whom they appeared in the film "The Man Who Cried"), fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto (who invited them to be models-cum-musicians for his Paris and Tokyo shows) and many more. Their music was used in numerous films, such as Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" and "Train of Life" by Radu Mihaileanu. Meanwhile, the band members seem to have been relatively unaffected by all humdrum, they’ve retained their sense of humour, and their way of life (they still reside in their modest village of Clejani, in the Valachian countryside).
The Taraf de Haïdouks' discography includes five albums, a DVD and an album recorded in collaboration with Macedonian brass band Koçani Orkestar. The band's records have earned several awards (including a BBC Award, an Edison Award in the Netherlands, etc).
The present crowdfunding project was set up by the Taraf de Haïdouks, in collaboration with their manager/artistic director Stéphane Karo and their label Crammed Discs.