TATCHO DROM stage a vibrant show of beautiful melodies and dancing rhythms from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Inspired by the charisma of Esma Redžepova, the virtuosity of Taraf de Haïdouks and the humour of Emir Kusturica, they lure listeners into a world of pain and joy, delivering an exciting and memorable performance.
TATCHO DROM are considered one of the UK’s leading exponents of Romany Gypsy music. Their repertoire consists largely of music, which violinist and singer Gundula collects on her regular field-work journeys through the Balkans.
TATCHO DROM’s performance arrangements are vibrant and delicate, with subtle elements of baroque, jazz and Latin, telling mystery stories of the travels and of the people behind the music. Tatcho Drom means ‘True Journey’, in Rromanes, the language of Romany Gypsies.
principal line-up features
a multi-national quintet
of dynamic musicians:
vocals, guitar, accordion, cello and percussion. On occasion they work with Romani Balkan dancer Linda Gjorgeva Toteva and/or Russian Sunger Anna Wolfberry
Past performances include the main stages of Rhythm of the World and Crawley Festivals, The Purcell Room, The Union Chapel as well as intimate, un-plugged performances at the Canterbury Festival and unusual venues.
Tatcho Drom also deliver workshops in Balkan and Eastern European music. The workshops include singing, percussion, music and dance.
TATCHO DROM'S ALBUM: The Devil’s Lentil Soup
Traditional songs and pieces in innovative arrangements and compositions by Gundula Gruen
Produced by Gundula Gruen, released in 2012 and distributed by CDbaby.
‘...huge musical talent and impressive energy...’ - Songlines Magazine
Tatcho Drom's Art performance, Russian Gypsy Soul, Gypsy Fiddle Feast, Balkan Express...
“Tatcho Drom's energy is contagious and that carried across the audience tonight”
- Union Chapel concert audience quote