Friday, April 09, 2010
The Palatka Band
This is the Palatka Band from Transylvanian village of Palatca in Romania playing at the 2010 Táncháztalálkozó in Budapest. Not the best sound quality, but a good illustration of the multi-ethnic region's string band style and technique. The bass, three-stringed, uses a very short bow in heavy strokes and battuto. The viola, or kontra, also three-stringed, tuned g-d'-a, plays a chordal accompaniment. The prima violinist, Lőrincz Codoba uses, in the slow sections, the typical right-hand style, in which most expression occurs in a space in which vibrato and portamento are not always distinct. This is also a good illustration of a traditional form of music transmission in the relationship between older and younger players.