Corina Sîrghi și Taraful Jean Americanu
The acoustic taraf of Corina Sîrghi evokes the smoky parlors of interwar Bucharest and the extravagant Mahala block parties of the 1990s with a sound that will tame even the most troubled of hearts.
Corina Sîrghi, backed by the traditional all-acoustic taraf led by accordionist Shaun Williams (aka Jean Americanu) and featuring virtuoso lăutar musicians Marian Mirea (violin), Marian Șerban (cimbalom) and Cristian Mirea (double bass), evokes the smoky parlors of 1930s Bucharest and the Mahala block parties of the 1990s with a mix of passionate romances, sultry tangos, fiery lăutar dances, and raucous manele classics that will tame even the most troubled of hearts.
Formed in Bucharest in 2017, the group sprang out of a love for the great lăutar singers of Romania’s interbellum years and the “golden era” of the 1960s. Inspired by Maria Tănase, Ioana Radu, Gabi Luncă, Romică Puceanu and other key female singers of the genre, Corina Sîrghi and her taraf have been on the forefront of a movement to bring the traditional Romanian-Romani genre of muzica lăutărească to a new generation of listeners, successfully blending refined and soulful musicianship with the frenetic energy of a mahala wedding party.