Cymbalom Style



  • scotscot Virtuoso
    Posts: 657
    Ken is correct in a way - the cymbalom playing on "Tziganskaia..." is not typical of the way the instrument is usually heard today. But it is typical of the way the cymbalom was played in the Russian cabarets of Paris back in the day. Recordings of this music are rare today. I've never found any other recordings of Michel Villach (Matelot's cymbalom player) but he was one of the best known players in his time.

    Occasionally you can find LPs of the Codolban brothers Nicky and Nitza, who also played in this style, I think.

    Matelot's CD is essential listening for anyone interested in any style of music discussed on this forum. Even if the music doesn't appeal to everyone, it's worth many listenings just to hear the range and quality of tone - the incredible expressiveness - that he had. Nothing like it anywhere!
  • Posts: 49
    Who do I look for to hear "modern" cymbalom playing (in any context)? I have an old hammer dulcimer and was wondering if anyone was playing that in a Gypsy/Cymbalom style. Are the tunings the same? Would one be welcomed at a dJam? :)
  • Posts: 49
    Is it me, or are the playlists identical?

    In any case, neat sounding - the string pairs almost sound mandolin-like.
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,155
    I just updated the playlists.....
  • Ken BloomKen Bloom Pilot Mountain, North CarolinaNew
    Posts: 164
    Those Balogh CDs are ok but if you really want to hear what a cimbalom can do find some recortdings of Toni Iordache. he is really astounding.
    The cimbalom is rather different from a hammered dulcimer.The cimbalom is fully chromatic throughout four octaves or more and has damper pedals. Also the tension is way higher on those strings, about 75lbs per string with anywhere from two to four strings per course. These little beauties are not the most portable thing in the world. They weigh in at around three hundred pounds and can be quite loud.
    If you want more info about cimbaloms, e-mail me (<!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->). I've built a couple of small ones and played a fair bit of Eastern European music in a variety of settings.

    Ken Bloom
    Ken Bloom
  • clausciclausci RomaNew
    Posts: 82
    :shock: amazing boulou on gari-gari
  • clausciclausci RomaNew
    Posts: 82
    Interesting post,for the hungarian stuff IMO there is another good example on the cd "Czardas- Ferenc Santa and his gypsy band" on NAXOS. ... B000001413
    Anyone konws the cymbalom player,i have that cd and there are good cymbalo solo stuff but there aren't the components named in the libretto.
    And also the stuff of Sandor Lakatos ,terrific violin virtuoso,is often accompained by cymbalom in old hungarian style.
    For the romanian style i think like just said ,obviously TAraf the hAidouks.
    There are also case in modern stuff like in the cds of Gilles Apap (with the transilvanian mountain boys)and also Oleg Ponomarev that use the guitar instead of the cymbalom,but they use nylon guitar,not steel,and they don't want to imitate the cymbalom,just change the element.
    Can i have much information about the Mirando family?
    they have recorded something ?
  • CuimeanCuimean Los AngelesProdigy
    Posts: 271
    If you're going a bit off the beaten path, you might try bassist George Mraz's album Morava, with Zuzana Lapcícová on vocals and cymbalom, or Reveszem, Reveszem by Dresch Dudas Mihaly Quartet.
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