Category Archives: gypsy


First up I have to commend my Puerto Vallarta musical correspondent for introducing me to the awesome violin of Érika del Rea. Thanks Bill, who knows well my penchant for a pretty girl playing a violin. And boy does Érika fit the bill.
It turns out she has an equally talented brother who plays the guitar and viola. Érika and Vick del Rea and sometimes their younger sister Sara are Grupo Arcano, they can often be seen performing in local clubs and on the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
They started their musical studies in 1992, and later formed part of the Alica foundation of Nayarit’s youth orchestra, where Érika, on violin, and Vick, on viola, participated in concerts all through of Mexico.

Later they joined the Chamber Orchestra of Nayarit, where they performed in major concerts, including one at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

Now they are a duo, Arcano, who perform in the restaurants and clubs not only in Puerto Vallarta, but also in major cities throughout Mexico. Along the way they have released a gaggle of albums.

Enough of the background, let’s get to the music, and boy what a sound this is.
The big problem here is what tracks to include, her diversity in music is immense.

So where to start? How about the beginning (of the alphabet) with Abba, well with one of their great songs. I don’t think I have heard anyone else since Abba bring out the beauty and pathos of this song, and all without a word.

Here’s a performance by Arcano at the Mexico City Arena which is an indoor arena in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico. It looks like a grand time was had by all. And Érika is resplendent in that awesome red dress, and her violin playing is awesome as usual.

Huapango de Moncayo

Huapango is a symphonic work by the Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo , released in 1941 and probably the best known of that composer, strongly associated with the nationalist cultural and audiovisual production of Mexico , to such point that in that country has been called the third National Anthem Mexican , after the March of Zacatecas . It was composed from the reinterpretation of traditional rhythms huapango , mainly veracruzanos , and parts of the region as El Siquisirí , The Balajú and Gavilancillo.   [Wikipedia]

Next up a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite John Legend songs.
Érika gets her feet wet in this one, but all in all it is a very expressive and beautiful piece. With some magical piano from Vick, have to give him his props.
All Of Me

#violinistademexico #erikadelreal #vickdelreal #allofmeviolin

OK so now we are up to Miley Cyrus, another great tune. And well transposed to violin and piano. Grupo Arcano in fine fettle, in what looks to be Puerto Vallarta, maybe. Beautiful video, beautiful location, beautiful entertainment.
Wrecking Ball

A truly awesome rendition of Bitter Sweet Symphony, the Verve classic.
The vacationers and locals in Puerto Vallarta and other spots im Mexico are truly lucky to get such amazing entertainment. This is just sooooooo good.
Sinfonía Agridulce

Any violinist worth their salt has to play some Vivaldi, and this is some Vivaldi. From the Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni) this is Summer (Verano) and what a summer we are having. I’m fairly sure this is what “Ultra-Vivaldi” by Darryl Way and Francis Monkman is based upon. And this performance is in that region. A great rendition, wish I had been there to see/hear it.
Summer (Verano)

Este video me lo dedico Ericka la violinista de Arcano la mejor de toda!!! Grax Ericka

The first track a wonderful version of the Kansas song and then I love me some Hungarian gypsy music, I know this was written by an Italian gentleman named Vittorio Monti. But I always associate it with Hungary. Because the gypsy violinist(s) in each Budapest restaurant or bar (and they all have at least one) always play this tune. Maybe because it displays their skills.
And we know Érika has skills.
Dust in the Wind + Csárdás

Finally today this was one heck of a night in Puerto Vallarta, this is an original piece written by them.
Beautiful doesn’t cover it. They should play more of their own compositions, this some how for me captures the essence of a Mediterranean vacation. I know this is Mexico, but I’ve never been to Mexico, so I always think of Spain. And this looks a bit like Spain.

Concierto Arcano en vivo desde los Arcos en Puerto Vallarta
Titulo: CORA-SON

Autores: Érika y Vick del Real

Realización: Ruy Melena (

Daniel Romero
Raúl Jimenez
Sergio Chávez (grua)

Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra

? Laura Soriano

I have kind of followed the progress of the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra a little bit over the years and was shocked to hear they were no more.

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) was a project founded by clarinetist Robindro Nikolic and accordionist Mattia Schirosa. The project existed from year 2012 – 2015 creating great success while performing in Barcelona and most European countries. The last concert of BGKO was performed at Vienna KLEZMORE festival on the 8th of November 2015.

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra were

Sandra Sangiao (Vocals – Catalunya)
Robindro Nikolic (Clarinet – Serbia/India)
Mattia Schirosa (Accordeon – Italy)
Julien Chanal (Guitar – France)
Ivan Kovacevic (Double Bass – Serbia)
Stelios Togias (Percussion – Greece)
Vroni Schnattinger (Violin – Germany)

They made such beautiful and vibrant music. A combination to my mind of Gipsy Klezmer sound and Gipsy Swing ala Django Reinhardt.

So while they are still in our minds I have to feature some of their greatest tracks.

Djelem Djelem

? Jordi Oliver

Next up a  really happy piece of Gipsy joy. You may not understand a word, like me, but I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Cigani Ljubiat Pesnji

‘Cigani Ljubiat Pesnji’ es una canción tradicional rusa y gitana interpretada por la BGKO.


What you say? You’re heading says Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra, and so it does. Well that’s the great news Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra is now Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra. So do we want to hear the new version?
Of course we do.

What I love about their music is that it is influenced by so many different sounds from the different areas of Europe and Asia. Also many different genres of music and multiple and diverse instrumentation. It’s a joy to listen to it.
Lule Lule

Videoclip made by:
Teo Campos
Bruno Amaral Pereira
Kalapa Studio

Filmed in:
El Otto – Espacio de creación de circo y teatro (Barcelona)


Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra is:
Mattia Schirosa (accordion, Italy)
Sandra Sangiao (voice, Spain)
Ivan Kovacevic (double bass, Serbia)
Stelios Togias (percussion, Greece)
Julien Chanal (guitar, France)
Joaquín Sánchez Gil (clarinet, Spain)
Oleksandr Sora (violin, Ukraine)

And here’s our final track for the day. A rousing happy tune performed live at the railway station in Vilnius. Long may they rock out.
Od Ebra do Dunava


The Bambi Molesters

I was in the mood for some good old-fashioned real surf music this morning and I stumbled across this amazing band, with an awesome name, The Bambi Molesters.

The Bambi Molesters are a surf rock band from Sisak, Croatia. Since their formation in 1995, they have taken part in the revival of the 1960s surf genre and continue to significantly contribute to its survival and further development with their critically acclaimed music.

Their music is like pure vintage surf but at times a hint of gypsy comes in, almost like DeVotchKa meets Link Wray. Totally awesome, and their live shows would have to be amazing.

The Bambi Molesters are:
Dinko Tomljanović – guitar
Lada Furlan Zaborac – bass
Dalibor Pavičić – guitar
Hrvoje Zaborac – drums

OK, we got all that, now let’s get to the music. The only problem with that is they have so many great tracks to play. Where to start?

OK, we’ll start here, an awesome opening riff and we’re off. We’re back in the sixties and the surf is running. It’s all chills and great chords rolling along. A touch of the lonely Mexican trumpet to back them and then the reverb snatchers step in and bring it home.
Invasion of the Reverb Snatchers

The Bambi Molesters “A Night In Zagreb”, directed by M.A. Littler, Slowboat Films, Dancing Bear Records 2011.


This is the trailer for their concert film “A Night In Zagreb”, I’ve been to Zagreb a few times and never saw anything like these guys. Mind you that was back in the seventies when it was in Yugoslavia.
Another chill inducing track.

Directed by M.A. Littler, Slowboat Films, Dancing Bear Records


A Spanish classic, except it’s Cuban.  “Malagueña”, a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona; written in 1928 it was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia, to which he added lyrics in Spanish.
This is probably the most rousing version you could ever hear.
Another track performed at the “A Night In Zagreb” concert. Wow! what a night that must have been.


A very evocative piece this is, it could have been used as the soundtrack piece to the episode where Paulie and Christopher try to dispose of the Russian in Pine Barrens in South Jersey. Great track.
Last Ride


Just for a change a different concert, this is live @ Garaža.
A spooky moody piece, great music for Halloween or any time really.
These guys are so good. That sound is so low, that bass so deep.
Point of No Return


We’re gonna end with something different, a noirish video of a road trip,
with a lush sound and awesome percussive backing. It’s not credited, but I have to believe this video was shot on the Croatian shoreline, such a beautiful spot.
As the Dark Wave Swells

director: Marc Littler