Romashka | Gypsy Muzica for Dancing & Dreaming

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Gypsy Muzica for Dancing & Dreaming

by Romashka

"A lethal dose of gypsy firewater, Romashka will kick you in the ass and sing about it." (DJ Joro-Boro, Mehanata - The Bulgarian Bar)
Genre: World: Eastern European
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mariana
3:42 $0.99
2. Loli Phabay (The Red Apple)
2:36 $0.99
3. Shimdiggy
3:43 $0.99
4. Tayna (A Secret)
3:05 $0.99
5. La Circuma de la Drum (The Tavern on the Road)
3:58 $0.99
6. Rustemul
1:52 $0.99
7. Zaznobila & Baro Foro (She Messed with My Head in the Great City
4:25 $0.99
8. Moldovan Batuta
6:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Like a shot of honey-pepper vodka, Romashka sweetens your lips, hits you heavy in the gut, and induces vertiginous euphoria. Listening to this "lethal dose of gypsy firewater" (DJ Joro-Boro, Mehanata), the brassy Balkan beats make you pound your feet, sexy string and accordion syncopations make your hips shake and the heart-twisting Russian tangos and tales of lost love make your spirit sigh and cry. Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash fronts a band of multifaceted American musicians and one half-Romanian madcap accordionist, who bring years of Klezmer, jazz and rock experience to their Gypsy music journey.

Roma is the Gypsy term for the Gypsy people. The complex rhythms and odd harmonics in Gypsy music are enough to enthrall musicologists, but to understand it, all you need are ears, a heart, and... a soul. Romashka draws its repertoire primarily from Romanian and Russian Gypsies - with hints from Spain, Turkey and beyond. The musicians have traipsed around Eastern Europe and the Eastern European enclaves of NYC collecting and imbibing local folk music and culture.

Mashke is Yiddish for "liquor." This is party music that burns in the belly. Romashka has roused crowds from BAM Café to the Bulgarian Bar, from weddings to late-night house parties that have shaken the walls and drawn the cops. "If you really want a challenge, try sitting still while Romashka plays!" (Michael Ginsburg, Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band).

Romashka is Russian for "daisy." Next to raucous dance numbers you will also find aching, world-weary love songs, as sweet and unexpected as a flower in a parking lot.

Romashka detonates its signature Gypsy bacchanalia into this debut album. Count down for music with deep roots and fierce vitality, showcasing both technique and attitude, pulsing between seventh heaven and the nine circles of hell:

8. Moldovan Batuta, from the hellish little nation between Romania and Ukraine.
7. A Russian Gypsy medley of Zaznobila - a heart-wrenching tale of lost love,
and Baro Faro (Great City) - in which love is found again.
6. Rustemul - a grungy purgatorial Romanian dance.
5. Sinfully jolly Romanian bar song La Circuma de la Drum.
4. Confessional Russian tango Tayna in which the Secret is you.
3. Shimdiggy -an original mixing moist New Orleans with dusty Romanian roads.
2. Seductively Eden-esque Russian Gypsy ballad Loli Phabay (The Red Apple).
1. A jazzed-up version of Fanfare Ciocarlia's Romanian classic Mariana.

This debut album was recorded on January 23, 2005 at Vibromonk in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Tamir Muskat (Balkan Beat Box) and features

Inna Barmash: vocals
Jake Shulman-Ment: violin
Jeff Perlman: clarinet & saxophone
Ben Holmes: trumpet
Stevhen Iancu: accordion
Joey Weisenberg: guitar
Ron Caswell: tuba
Timothy Quigley: drums & percussion

*Note: we have a limited number of these CDs remaining, and some of the CDs on sale here may have been produced on a "short run", possibly as a CD-R.



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Lauren Myers

Move ovah, Kelarova.
I give it 5 stars as a first recording; 4-1/2 more like it. I play gypsy jazz and collect the gypsy music from Eastern Europe. Romashka is not Slonovski Bal yet, but not far behind either. They're great. Inna Barmash has a wonderful voice; Mitsou meets Ida Kelarova with a dash of Vera Gila. Marvelous. Eagerly awaiting their next offering.


Music for the soul
I cannot get enough of this. After reading an article on "gypsy punk" in the Washington Times I have been curious on the genre. I got into Gogol Bordello and have been moving through the article on bands to get. I found this cd and I must say, its amazing. Every song comes from the soul. Beautiful vocals, a fun blend on traditional instruments, and an upbeat attitude that keeps you going. Absolutly brilliant.


Great Eastern European, Old-World, Russian feel. They're even better in person.
The CD is mostly dancy but a few are lovey songs- not that I know what the songs mean, everything is in other languages and I like it that way. The music is repetitive and beautiful, really energizing in a happy way. It makes me happy just to listen to it, I especially like the way the CD starts off slow with some beats and then builds up...


Great band!
Sounds great. but... Who's in the band? What instruments?

Erik (NYC)

A brilliant live band on is on the record, at last!
Romaska is brilliant live. If you've seen them whip a loud bar-full of whitefolks into a swiveling cast of Kusturica extras, this one might surprise you. The music is, as always, huge and generous, but this recording has an intimate, whisper-don't-shout quality that shows off Inna Barmash's delicious vocals and the intricate grooves of master craftsmen Shulman-Ment, Perlman, and Holmes (on violin, clarinet and trumpet). It's like watching dancers from the front row or listening to an opera from the prompter's box.


Wonderful debut CD from an amazingly lively and energetic bunch. Balkan happiness streams from these tracks, invading your every pore and precipitating mild euphoria. The band will continue to mature, but we can already immerse into the beautiful vocals and rich compositions of what is, hopefully, to become a new phenomenon! Me likes!


How can you not love the tuba?
How can you not love the tuba? Great playing from everyone. Especially the tuba.

Tim Müller

haj romale!
just a few words! great cd, great singer, music in a gypsy stylee! with love from germany, tim!

Roger Cooper

My kids wanted me to play "Rustemul" again & again. A good CD from a good band.


Good quality
I like the music very much. I'd would have liked to hear more of the singer though. Horoshaja pokupka vse ravno.
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