Update: the song is no longer a mystery! Read on to find out more. Caci Vorba (Poland) was one of the more cohesive and likeable bands at this years Crossroads
Festival, which takes place immediately preceding the huge Colours of Ostrava festival in Czech Republic. Violinist, singer and songwriter Maria Natanson definitely struts her stuff, and has a great grasp of Roma music. The program notes say “(She) sings her own poetry written in Romani, and performs an original blend of East European Gypsy and non-gypsy traditional music in inventive, multi-genre arrangements.” Beyond that there is not much I can add– the band has not replied to any of my emails, so I have no further information. However, audio engineer nonpareil and composer (and musical sleuth!) Tom Hamilton has found the name of the song: The title is “Trecut-o doru codru.” It’s on their album “Satrika.” But rest assured that as soon as I DO find anything further out, I will pass it along. As it is, you can hear that this is a tight band, and the arrangements are seamless.
Čači Vorba is comprised of:
Masha Natanson – singing, violin
Rafał Gontarski – accordion
Piotr Majczyna – guitar, bouzouki
Stanisław Siedlaczek – Percussion instruments
Robert Brzozowski – double bass