05/31/2007 London shows - wow!
I'm just rounding off a couple of days of dancing till the wee hours -- wednesday was with Fanfare Ciocarlia, Esma and their "all star" band. I don't think i've ever seen such a good concert anywhere. Everyone danced! all the way into the 3rd tier of the gods... and then we went back to the hotel with managers and musicians, one of them plugged an mp3 phone into some mini-speakers, the desk staff were kind enough to turn a blind eye, and we danced again till 4am. Ouch :-) Then tonight, Taraf tore up the place! ...and then we smiled and danced and according to this photo, Pashalan and Ionica grabbed me for a quick hug too :-) This was all part of London's Barbican festival celebrating a thousand years of Romani music - pulling audiences for a couple of years now. With Gogol Bordello too. And Balkan beatbox in London just a few days earlier. It was small for the film, but lovely to show it to my London friends and my father for the first time. A moment backstage with Oprica of Fanfare Ciocarlia: