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Fraser Parry (cello) began receiving cello lessons from his father at the age of 8. He played with numerous bands, orchestras and ensembles throughout his teenage years in Glasgow, before studying music at the University of Sheffield, specialising in composition. He was first introduced to European Gypsy music after accidentally crowd-surfing his way to the front of a Goran Bregović performance at the Sziget Festival in Budapest.

 

In addition to Tatcho Drom, Fraser regularly performs live improvised scores for two improvisational theatre companies - Glitch the Improvised Puppet Show and Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel. He also records and performs his own compositions under the name Bread and Circus.

Tatcho Drom perform as a line-up of 2 to 5 musicians. On occasion they work with selected guest musicians and dancers.

Gundula Gruen is a virtuoso violinist and singer who has travelled extensively, transcribing melodies that she learned first-hand from Romany and folk musicians.

 

Described by Songlines Magazine as ‘a shining star in the UK’s Balkan music scene’, her unique performance style showcases a technical ability acquired through intensive conservatoire training as well as a colourful and charismatic personality. Her compositions, whilst drawing influence from her love and extensive knowledge of Romany Gypsy music, are original and highly personal.

 

Gundula formed Tatcho Drom in 2005 and has led the group ever since. In the past she was founder and director of the London Gypsy Orcherstra for 10 years, and created numerous comprehensive arts and collaboration projects with Balkan Romani musicians and dancers. She has appeared on various radio and television stations including BBC Radio 6 Music, Channel 4's documentary 'How Music Works', the TRT (Turkish state Television) documentary 'Farkli Kutltur, Ayne Muzik' and more. More information at magicviolin.co.uk

Tommie Black-Roff (accordion - vocals), an accordionist, pianist, singer and composer, grew up in Cornwall, where he was instructed by composer and pianist Chris Fitkin while also being exposed to the local folk tradition.

 

Moving to London he studied Balkan music with Serbian virtuoso accordionist Zivorad Nikolic. After finishing his studies in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London, he formed the acclaimed trio TEYR and has been involved in numerous eclectic projects including Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra, Gestalt, Opera Up Close, Cardboard Cabaret and the Ceilidh Liberation Front.

Jeremy Halliwell (guitar) is a founder member of Tatcho Drom. He first learned acoustic guitar at age 12 and went on to study classical guitar and renaissance lute, whilst also playing Jacques Brel songs in a band with his older brother. He was a member of a classical guitar orchestra led by Tom Kerstens.

 

Jeremy was inspired to explore Eastern European and Romani music by artists such as Taraf de Haidouks and Trio Bulgarka. He has attended masterclasses and courses with Gypsy guitarists Benjamin Czureja and Olivier Kikteff.

 

Over the last 10 years he has pursued his interest in Eastern European folk music, performing with the London Gypsy Orchestra, The Magic Tombolinos, Delicatessen and the Trans Siberian March Band, in addition to Tatcho Drom.

Elizabeth Nott is a percussionist of mainly Middle Eastern and Eastern European music genres. For the last 10 years she has worked with various artists and productions including Khyam Allami, Amira Kheir, Magic Tombolinos, London Gypsy Orchestra, Olcay Bayir, Maya Yusef, Karama, Opaz, Marat/Sade at RSC, Golden Journey at Linbury Theatre, "Mi Patria son mis Zapatos" by dancer and choreographer Florencia Guerberoff and many more.

 

Elizabeth's musical background is very mixed. Born in Venezuela, she learned to play the cuatro (venezuelan type of guitar) as a child, and later the recorder, classical piano and the classical guitar. For more info go to Elizabeth Nott

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