So much boot slapping, so many gorgeous clothes: traditional dance and music in Northern Transylvania

Picnic at the Cathedral

Remember that one day we were in Hoteni, way up North in Maramures, Transylvania in the midst of a spring festival dating back to the Roman era?  That was a superlative day, a day we spent pressed up next to a small stage watching traditional Romanian music, dance and song.

I attend a lot of performances, both for my job and for pleasure, but I know nothing about Romanian music and dance.  Part of the thrill of immersion in the Hoteni celebration was experiencing new sounds and trying to sort out what exactly was going on.  I’ve since searched through youtube and found this video that most closely represents the style of performance we heard that day.

hoteniband

hotenifiddle

hotenidrums

The music was heavy on the fiddle with support from accordions, drums, saxophone, and upright base.  The sound to me was like a kind of middle Eastern blue grass with a varying rhythm.

hotenigirl

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