“A Gypsy consommé with a satanic pulse” – Garth Cartwright, Froots Magazine
TATCHO DROM stage a vibrant show packed full of beautiful melodies and dancing rhythms from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Their repertoire includes most of the well-known Balkan favourites, however, their real musical heart beats for the hidden musical gems – songs and pieces which band leader Gundula Stojanova Gruen discovers on her numerous field trips to previous Ottoman regions, learning and jamming with Balkan music masters.
Tatcho Drom means ‘True Journey’, in Rromanes, the language of Romany Gypsies. They are considered one of the UK’s leading exponents of Romany Gypsy music. Inspired by the charisma of Esma Redžepova, the virtuosity of Taraf de Haïdouks and the humour of Emir Kusturica. Tatcho’s sound is guaranteed to lure listeners into a world of pain and joy, delivering an exciting and memorable performance.
Gundula Stojanova Gruen is a virtuoso violinist and singer who has travelled extensively, transcribing melodies that she learned first-hand from Gypsies and folk musicians. Described by Songlines Magazine as ‘a shining star in the UK’s Balkan music scene’, her unique performance style showcases a technical ability acquired through intensive conservatoire training as well as a colourful and charismatic personality. Her arrangements and compositions, whilst drawing influence from her love and extensive knowledge of Romany Gypsy music, are original and highly personal.
Past performances include the main stages of Rhythm of the World and Crawley Festivals, the South Bank Centre, Kings Place, Equator’s Women of the World Festival, the Union Chapel as well as intimate, unplugged performances at the Canterbury Festival and other unusual venues.