All the ooh-ahh flutter over Golijov’s Ayre, or even the recent Dudamel & Co., and then you spot something like this:

Loredana: Marioara de la Gorj (2001)

Loredana is a Romanian Madonna pop-diva clone (here’s a more typical example from her new CD, where Roma kinda meets the Black Eyed Peas), but here shows that underneath her roots are second nature. All props to the Dude & kids, Ms. Upshaw, O.G. (and especially Gustavo Santaolalla, the real mastermind behind the sound of Ayre), but even this MTV-style context should show that the lessons of this kind of approach and energy are already all around.

4 Responses to “What’s with that? (or rock out, Roma-style)”
  1. Eric Bruskin says:

    You said it, Jer. I like Ayre, but the only really “pop” cut is the third one, which is surprising and exciting in context. But that Loredana video just blows Golijov – Ayre OR the Passion – out of the water.

    How did you “spot” this?

  2. John Clare says:

    This is stunning as well, with violinist Janine Jansen:

  3. Madonna or the Black Eyed Peas could only dream of being as hip as this. My people have arrived… 🙂

  4. Wow… thats hot.  Unlike uh…  😉