Irén Lovász and Teagrass
I was thoroughly lost from the first few bars of this unusual recording. After a few measures of music right out of the Musikas songbook, they were slipping into a jazzy violin riff and then the CD rolled on from there. It dips into bluegrass and newgrass, hovers around klezmer without ever landing, and takes folk music from Moravia, Hungary and other eastern European locales and adds American folk music in some very interesting ways.
Band leader and singer Lovász has a strong, rich voice, not dissimilar from her fellow Hungarian Marta Sebestyén. The band, a mix of Moravian and Slovak musicians based in Czech Republic, is clearly well versed in bluegrass and blues, but with the strong input of traditional European material. They are offered a real challenge in adapting all of these disparate sounds to a new music suitable for Lovász' folk-academic singing style. They succeed over and over again, moving from straight traditional modes to Dawg-music ramblings, all with great ease and artfulness.
Audio:©2000 CCn'C Records, Germany
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