Magazine article Czech Music

Muziga: O Lasce [on Love]. (CD Review)

Magazine article Czech Music

Muziga: O Lasce [on Love]. (CD Review)

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Indies Records

The Muziga group was formed in 2000, but Helena and Jiri Vedral have been arranging folksongs since 1992 end had already made several recordings (Jaborove huslicky, 1995; Hej lesem, 1998). On last year's album Horska karavana [Mountai Caravan] they took on the folk music of Asia together with the singer Feng-jun Song. Apart from the Vedrals in the role of singers and players on all kinds of stringed instruments, Muziga is made up of the double bassist Jan Dvorak and the French percussionist Cecile Boiffin. The album "On Love" draws its repertoire mainly from the Valach region. Most of the songs have a common story--a love story. It is an element enhanced by ingenious arrangement, which transforms some of the songs into small dramas.

The presence of a percussionist makes it inevitable that the rhymic side of the music should be more prominent The most room is given to the marimba, an instrument that at first sight seems remote for Valachia. …

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