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2000 - Saloni M goes South


Gypsy Trio

Gypsy and traditional music from Hungary and Romania


Sofia Chapman - accordion,
Alana Hunt - violin,
Kate Hosking - double bass.


Vardos are a stunning trio, serenading and interacting with their audiences with Transylvanian dance tunes, popular Hungarian café concert music and the latest horas from Bucharest, driven by Alana's wild violin, supported by accordion and double bass. Energetic, fun and always entertaining, Vardos generate tremendous enthusiasm wherever they play.

Vardos are virtuoso musicians who have recently returned from seeking out and studying music in Hungary and Romania. They met and learned from gypsy musicians in the village of Mera and the town of Kolozsvár in Transylvania (Western Romania), lasi in Moldavia (Far Eastern Romania) and the village of Clejani (where they met the renowned Taraf de Haďdouks) and the capital Bucharest in Wallachia, Southern Romania. Vardos performed in festivals in Hungary as well, and made a whirlwind tour of Geneva, Switzerland.

While in Hungary, Vardos also recorded their first CD at ZaKi studios, in Budapest, with Hungarian guest artists Brigitta Tóth on gut string double bass, Victória Tóth on cimbalom (hammered dulcimer) and Judit Römer on brácsa (3 stringed viola).

After a sellout launch, Vardos' new CD is already receiving acclaim, and they have been interviewed and performed live on ABC radio. Recent performances include the Victorian Seniors Expo at the Exhibition Buildings, the St.Kilda Festival, the National Folk Festival in Canberra and a regional Reconciliation tour of Victoria with the Ethnic Communities Council. Coming up: the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Watch out for Vardos in their cameo appearance on Seachange (Series 3) on ABC television!

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