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Stranger in Chișinău

by Mierlita

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Waterfall 03:14
Macci's Life 04:51
Pear in Wine 06:36


Mierlița (mir-LEE-tza) plays traditional Romanian music in the style of the Lautari, a class of wedding musicians that were originally a caste of the Roma people. The captivating sound of muzica lautareasca inspired violinists Jonathan Cannon and Abigale Reisman to travel to Chișinău (KI-shi-nau), where they studied with Marin Bunea, concertmaster of the Moldovan Presidential Orchestra and fifth-generation Lautar. On their return, they recruited guitarist Sasha Kern and bassist Kirsten Lamb, who draw on their jazz backgrounds to play off the traditional swingy Lautari sound.

”Mierlița” is Romanian for “little blackbird.” It comes from the name of a famous Romanian song, “Mierlița Cand e Bolnava,” whose melody is featured in the track “Lessons with Birds.”

”Macci’s Life” and “Kidnap the Bride” include the sound of a violin tuned in octaves A-a-E-e. Do not try this at home without switching the A and the D string first!

All tracks are traditional, arranged by Mierlița.


released March 17, 2015

Abigale Reisman - violin
Jonathan Cannon - violin
Kirsten Lamb - upright bass
Sasha Kern - guitar

Recorded live at WERS by Dan Hockstein on Feb 1, 2015
Mixed by Dan Hockstein
Mastered by Ariel Bernstein
Album art by Sara Mann and Zoe Christiansen
Photography by AJ Pasquariello and David Swift

Thanks to:
Marin Bunea and family, AJ Pasquariello, Dan Hockstein, Ariel Bernstein, Sara Mann, Zoe Christensen, David Swift, our families, and Macci (the cat)

Copyright 2015 Mierlița www.mierlita.com


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Mierlita Boston, Massachusetts

Fiddlers Jon Cannon and Abigale Reisman, both students of Lautari master violinist Marin Bunea, bring a contemporary perspective to a full traditional repertoire alongside guitarist Sasha Kern and upright bassist Kirsten Lamb.

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