Sanda Weigl Romanian Gypsy Jazz & The Japanese Connection
"To call Sanda’s voice 'powerful’ would be an understatement...Her interpretations are dramatic, even theatrical, but never 'over the top’...If you’re a fan of vocal ethnic music of any sort, that’s something you don’t want to miss."
-Bill Tilland, BBC World
Sanda & Orchestra - back from touring Romania where Sanda celebrated a triumphant comeback in her native country w/ her unique interpretations of Romanian Gypsy and German cabaret songs.
Romanian expatriate singer Sanda Weigl has quite a personal history. She first learned gypsy songs as a child and found early success as a child star on Romanian television. Later she was a rock singer in East Berlin, and was tossed into prison for protesting against the communist regime. In 1990 she moved to the USA and she quickly became known as the “Gypsy Queen of Downtown New York”.
Tonight Sanda takes the stage with a new group of musicians. Shoko Nagai on the piano, accordian, guitar and arrangements, Stomu Takeishi on bass, and Satoshi Takeishi with percussion, serve as a balance beam for her thunderous, mezmerizing and sinfully spooky vocal “Gypnastics”.