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Taraf de Haidouks and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra at the MTR, on 25 July

Taraf de Haidouks, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Taraful de la Marsa (The Marsa Orchestra) are performing live in the backyard of the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest on 25 July, 8 p.m. According to the Museum’s website, the show will end with a Romanian and Canadian folk jam-session of the three bands.
Toronto’s only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super-Band, as band members themselves describe their style, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra came together over dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant on Yonge Street, following a discussion between a Breton accordion player and a Ukrainian fiddler. In a matter of months, the initial quartet became quite a solid band consisting of no less than 14 artists, which has gained them the reputation of one of the most explosive and joyful bands of the Canadian music scene. Their cosmopolitan band structure – which includes members from all over the world (Ukraine, France, Mexico, India, Holland, Portugal, etc.) – is responsible for creating a colourful repertoire, as their music blends styles from over ten Eastern-European countries. From Toronto to New York, and from Budapest to Berlin, concert-goers throughout the world believe that the Lemon Bucket Orkestra leads the way in World Music. This is not the band’s first visit to Romania. In 2012, major international magazines and press agencies (CNN, New York Times, Fox News, Huffington Post etc.) took notice of their improvised live performance on board of a delayed Air Canada flight from Canada to Romania: the artists simply took their instruments out of their cases and played a show for their fellow travellers.
Taraf de Haidouks
The backyard of the Romanian Peasant Museum will be showcasing the music of Taraf de Haidouks. “The best Romani group of musicians in the world”, according to The Independent, and “one of the most extraordinary group of people I have ever met”, as film-star Johnny Depp has stated, Taraf de Haidouks have been a true world musical phenomenon for over two decades. The band was officially founded 25 years ago, but it became increasingly popular after playing outside Romanian borders in 1988. Their impressive portfolio includes seven studio albums, hundreds of videos, tours performed in a lot of countries, TV shows, and documentaries, as well as some of the world’s most important music prizes, including the prestigious BBC World Music Award, handed by Johnny Depp. Taraf de Haidouks have been invited to play in famous places with some of the most imposing musicians of the world. The group’s reputation has been consolidated by playing concerts at Olympia Hall and the Garnier Opera House in Paris alongside Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Carnegie Hall in New York, Covent Garden Royal Opera in London, and the Wuppertal – Pina Bausch Theatre, and collaborations with various philharmonic orchestras from all over the world.
Nea Vasile and Taraful de la Marsa (The Marsa Orchestra)
The two bands will be joined by Taraful de la Marsa (The Marsa Orchestra), led by Vasile Dinu. The 77 year-old musician has an unmistakeable voice, and was introduced to a wider audience after starring in Zdob ?i Zdub’s hit “Dimineata pe r?coare” (“In the chill of the morning”). He is also known independently, having performed with his orchestra throughout Europe. Their concert list includes a show in Germany at the 2000 World Fair in Hannover, in France, The Czech Republic, Russia, and The Republic of Moldavia. At the end of the show, the three bands will join forces on stage in a Romanian and Canadian folk jam-session. Show tickets cost RON 25.

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