BGKO Europe Gypsy Music

Gypsy: (Video) BGKO – Geamparalele (2019)

Spain, Europe | March 2019

Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra (BGKO) during their Creative Retreat in Fundació La Plana (near Barcelona), rehearsing new songs for their 2019 lnternational Tours and experimenting in their constant exploration of the roots of traditional music of the Balkans, Gipsies and Jewish of Eastern Europe, with original brush strokes which come from their rich and varied musical and cultural background, with an undoubted passion. (Youtube Description)

‘Geamparalele’ is a popular Romanian dance in three times, characterized by lively movements. Below a version of it, sang by Romanian singer Elena Roizen.

Another meaning of the term is ‘castanets’, which are a known as clackers or palillos, are a percussion instrument (idiophone), used in Spanish, Kalo, Moorish.

geamparaleThe instrument consists of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string. They are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. They are traditionally made of hardwood (chestnut; Spanish: castaño), although fibreglass is becoming increasingly popular.

In practice a player usually uses two pairs of castanets. One pair is held in each hand, with the string hooked over the thumb and the castanets resting on the palm with the fingers bent over to support the other side. Each pair will make a sound of a slightly different pitch (Wikipedia).

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