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Obsession Accordéon

by Sergiu Popa

Gypsy music from across Eastern Europe and the Middle-East fused with jazz, latin and electronic rhythms.
Genre: World: Eastern European
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1. Si Ma Devla Ek Chayorie
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2. Dor De Casa
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3. Serbian Gypsy Wedding
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4. Armenian Tango / Vets Outerort
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5. Gypsy Trip With Pan Flute
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6. Bulgarian Medley
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7. Lebanese Love Songs
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8. Moldavian Be-bop
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9. Electro-gypsy Brahms
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Born in Chisinau in 1981, Moldova, Sergiu Popa is a member of a well-known Roma (Gypsy) musical dynasty in his country. He, like several generations before him, is a virtuoso accordionist who plays not only traditional folk and Gypsy music of Eastern Europe, but is classically trained as well. he emigrated to Canada in 2002 to pursue his dream of an international career in music.

In Canada, during the short time he has been here, he has been distinguishing himself as a unique, versatile and highly talented artist. He has continued to perform traditional Eastern European music with other distinguished musicians such as Sergei Trofanov, Carmen Piculeata (violinists), Romeo Vaduva (pan flutist), Vladimir Sidorov and Marin Nasturica (accordionists), while expanding his repertoire with renowned jazz singer Jeri Brown.

Jeri Brown has written the following about her experience of working with Sergiu: “Mr. Popa is an exciting addition to my artistic project. He is blessed with immeasurable talent and is invaluable to the musical and cultural community of Montreal.” – March, 2004

During the summer of 2005, he led a full ensemble of musicians and dancers for an outdoor public performance at the Place des Arts concert series, ‘Les Midis du Monde’. Sergiu was featured at the 1st edition of the Romani Yag Gypsy Festival in Montreal; he was also featured as a solo performer in the 2005 edition of Printemps des Bretelles, an accordion festival in Montreal. So far, in 2006, he has appeared at the Music and People festival, where he was nominated for the Radio-Canada Galaxie Rising Star award.

He has recorded on Sergei Trofanov’s 2003 CD release, ‘…tout à la manière Tzigane’, the most recent albums by Klezmer band Shtreiml and the Gitans de Sarajevo, as well as three Quebec film soundtracks: ‘La Peau Blanche’ (directed by Daniel Roby), ‘Zéro Tolérance’ and 'Orlando', both National Film Board documentaries. His own independently produced début solo CD, 'Obsession Accordéon', has now been released.

Sergiu is only 25 years old, at the beginning of his career, and there's no telling where we'll be seeing him in the future. Finally free of the restrictions of his home country, he is busily making up for lost time in terms of absorbing musical influences of all kinds and finding opportunities to collaborate and exchange with other musicians. These influences are slowly being absorbed into his own playing style and arrangements, and are noticeable on the album. He believes that traditional music has its place in the future, and that young people will embrace it as long as it continues to evolve and reflect the spirit of a living culture.

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Kalman Magyar, Hungaria Records

The Best of Gypsy, Folk, Fusion, Jazz from a World-Class Artist
This new CD finally provides Popa his much-deserved breakthrough. For gurus of the gypsy/roma/balkan/folk idiom, Popa's ability to play the various styles of the different nations with equal comfort is remarkable. For fans of fusion/jazz, the gypsy music from the villages of the Balkans is brought to you in a style accessible to the "western" ear. While Popa is well-known throughout his home country of Moldavia and new home, Canada, as one of the leading proponents of Romanian folk music, this CD will surely open audience's ears to Popa's modern stylings and improvisational abilities. Backed up by a virtuosic crew of musicians, this CD is a "must hear" for a wide scope of listeners. Kalman Magyar for Hungaria Records (www.kalmanmagyar.com).
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