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Cluj Napoca

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:53 pm
by Martin Owen
My next travels are to Cluj Napoca in Transylvania, mid June. The work schedule does not leave much time ( I should have Sunday Pm/Evening available)... and maybe some record shopping on Monday.

So any advice about the local music?
My local contacts do not seem to have much interest.

Any answers Garth?

Re: Cluj Napoca

PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:18 am
by garth cartwright
I haven't been in Cluj for many years although I do recall it being a very pleasant Romanian city. I'm guessing you will have to look at a Rough Guide and google to find what goes on there - there will certainly be lots of bars but whether any have music on is a moot point: try and watch the Ethno channel in your hotel room, shows how folk has become a kitsch pop style.

Re: Cluj Napoca

PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:33 am
by AndyM
garth cartwright wrote:shows how folk has become a kitsch pop style.

Like a Balkan 'All Around My Hat' ??

Re: Cluj Napoca

PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 10:45 am
by Martin Owen
all around my hat

Given my usual location it should be "The day we went to Bangor".

I usually look for kitsch pop too - but my kids have grown up now - and my son came with me to Darbuka last week.

Trips to Brazil introduced me to tecno braga see :
Absolute Gorganzola. BUT it is interesting because of the financial and business models of Braga. New ways of making the music industry work:

and the movie "Good Copy Bad Copy"

The March trip to Cabo Verde yeilded a CD Tradicion Sintanton by Djulay Alves. Pure Cheddar in its own way.... but when I asked the guy behind the stall "What are they playing in the clubs on Mindelo?" , that was his answer (fortunately it was not difficult to find young people re-inventing Morna too!)

Re: Cluj Napoca

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:04 pm
by Martin Owen
My local colleagues suggestions for traditional music was the restaurant Casa Ardeleana (local word for Transylvania).

This is in the basement of a 1960's shopping mall and is faded Disney Transylvania - with video wall - not quite Darbuka. The music they played over the muzak system was unidentifiable Romanian folk music. Much dead pig, Mulfatar wine and Tuica (plum spirit) consumed - quite good on the trad food front.

Failed to find any stores selling cd's. Found a closed shop selling music instruments.

There is a tv channel on my hotel tv that features a large woman in traditional costume, excessive make up who stands, arms akimbo, at 80° to the camera who mimes to traditional tunes played with little feeling - while an old geezer in a hat sits on a chair. It seems to be on whenever I turn the tv on. I thought this stuff died with Titulescu.

Lots of posters for Iron Maiden in August.