Parne Gadje in Acoustic Roots

thu 16 jan 2014
Theme: World Music

On 17 January 2014 (21:00 – 22:00) Acoustic Roots welcomes the first guests of the new year to our living-room studio in the Conclusion building : the gypsy ensemble Parne Gadje.


Parne Gadje has five members and makes innovative and , driving music, full of surprising  improvisations. The group makes use of exciting instruments such as the magical  Armenian duduk and self-made string instruments including a bicycle tyre bass.


Breathtaking travels

Recently Parne Gadje brought out a new CD: ‘Po Drom’ ('On the road'). On this CD they take us on a breathtaking journey around the Black Sea. The group's music originates from Afghanistan, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary and Anatolia and has  tight rhythms, transcendental grooves en eastern scales. It sometimes sounds a bit like the Bosphorus blues.


As you listen to the groove and drive of the bicycle tyre bass, the incantations of the Turkish pipes and the velofoon and the raw heartfelt singing of Marc Constandse you can forget winter in the Netherlands for a while.


Parne Gadje consists of:

  • Marc Constandse – bandoneon, vocal and percussion
  • Gerwil Kusters – clarinets, saxofones
  • Michiel Hollanders – resonator guitar, velofoon and various stringed instruments
  • Dan Tuffy – bicycle tyre bass, electric and acoustic guitars
  • Michiel Bakkes de Vries – tapan and percussion


Broadcast: Friday 17 January, 21.00-22.00