Nikola Parov

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Nikola Parov, a veteran member of the Riverdance Orchestra from its early days, here weaves together several worlds into a fascinating and nigh-unto seamless whole. There are original compositions with traditional structures and melodies shot through them, a Hungarian folk ethic with an integrated jazz aesthetic, a deliberate usage of traditional acoustic instruments with all the elements of techno built in. The various mixtures and weaves provide the listener with an album of swirling, enthusiastic textures that can range from a galloping jazz solo one moment to soulful Hungarian vocals the next. In keeping with the overall attitude of the record, too, there is no telling just what any given instrument is going to be called on to do -- Uilleann pipes tackling Hungarian melodic structures is the least of it. Parov certainly learned the lessons of Riverdance well.

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