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“Music is the universal language and one of my most valuable experiences from living in Eastern Europe came from my frequent encounters with Romani artists and their families. Their music, so profoundly reflecting their culture and their history, continues to be a great inspiration for me”, says guitarist Pavel Jany.

CORDA’s “The Story of Romani Music” is a project presenting the history and evolution of Romani music from the 17th century to the present day. Guitarist Pavel Jany, together with cellist Jacqueline Ultan (occasionally joined by special guests), traces various styles of Romani music across the European continent (from Spain and southern France to the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine) and demonstrates its strong characteristics and profound influences on other musical styles (including European classical music and American jazz) around the world.

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Pavel Jany has received his degree in classical guitar in his native country of the Czech Republic, but the diversity and eclecticism in his guitar playing, composing and teaching have no boundaries. His classical guitar background was enriched by the influences from East European Romani music, and his three year stay in West Africa and his travels to Brazil and other South American countries deepened his interest in Latin and Afro-Brazilian music. While his long musical journey encompasses many various styles (including American jazz), the music of his native country and surrounding regions remains one of his main influences.

Jacqueline Ultan is a singularly creative cellist, composer and improviser who’s unique versatility is reflected in the diversity of her artistic collaborations. Jacqueline is honored to be the recipient of several distinguished awards and commissions including a McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship. Also a dedicated teacher, Ultan is on the faculty of MacPhail’s Center for Music and holds a Master Degree in Performance from Yale University.Pavel Jany has received his degree in classical guitar in his native country of the Czech Republic, but the diversity and eclecticism in his guitar playing, composing and teaching have no boundaries. His classical guitar background was enriched by the influences from East European Romani music, and his three year stay in West Africa and his travels to Brazil and other South American countries deepened his interest in Latin and Afro-Brazilian music. While his long musical journey encompasses many various styles (including American jazz), the music of his native country and surrounding regions remains one of his main influences.

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The Story of Romani Music

In this exciting, energetic and interactive program, students learn about the history and evolution of Romani music, and about a variety of musical instruments played by the Romani musicians in various regions across Europe and around the world.  Students also learn about the rich Romani culture, about the history and traditions of Romani people, and about their lifestyle that significantly varies from country to country in Europe and worldwide.

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