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Karmana, Songs Of The Roma (Simon Thacker and Justyna Jablonska)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016

Karmana, Songs of the Roma Ed2016

When people migrate, their music moves and changes too. This was another stage in the journey of the music of the Roma people, from India through the Balkans and Spain. Virtuoso Scotsman Simon Thacker (guitar) and Justyna Jablonska (cello) were joined by Roma singer and violinist Masha Natanson, to share Thacker’s transformations of traditional Roma songs and instrumentals. Many of the songs were about broken relationships, and these were poignant and spirited. I particularly enjoyed the Russian melodies. Thacker’s guitar and Jablonska’s cello sparked and sobbed, alternately supporting and leading, while Natanson shouted defiance or pleaded for mercy in impressive, versatile style. Good music for a hot summer night.

Summerhall, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]