Songs of the Roma: Simon Thacker (guitar), Justyna Jablonska (cello), Masha Natanson (voice/violin),
A new Romani musical journey full of spiritual intensity, catharsis and joy by one of the UK's most instinctively expansive musical figures, Simon Thacker (classical guitar), with the much admired Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska and leading Roma exponent singer/violinist Masha Natanson.
Building on one of the world's great song traditions as well as his own pioneering experiences across the world, Thacker draws on and extends European, Indian and Balkan folk forms, and of course flamenco, on a mystic road to new soundworlds in music.
The Roma have always lived on the edge of society. Likewise Thacker has always followed his own non-conformist path beyond boundaries. Contrasting his vivid re-imagining of powerful songs in Romani, Romanian, Serbian and Russian from the gypsy tradition with wonderfully inventive new instrumental music, Songs of the Roma is an exploration of traditional Roma themes such as birth, death and love, the search for lost roots and the changing role of women in traditional societies.