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Super Rats play classic tunes from the backstreets of Bucharest. At the rhythmic centre of the band sits the mighty cimbalom, a giant dulcimer with 145 strings, something like the offspring of a honkytonk piano and a xylophone, bolstered by blistering accordion, violin, and double bass.
Bubbling forth from a cauldron of diverse influences – Ottoman court music, raw Balkan peasant folk, a smattering of tango and jazz – the lăutarească style that Super Rats specialise in had a golden age in the cold-war hotel-restaurants and seedy bars of Romania’s capital in the 60s and 70s.
After two decades of research and study in Romania with master Rroma (gypsy) musicians, Australia’s chief cimbalom nerd Tim Meyen gathered an assortment of loveable oddballs to form Super Rats. With panache, humour and dedication, they bring authentic Romanian and Rroma music to life for Australian audiences.
Tim Meyen – cimbalom, Alister Price – accordion, Pip Thompson – violin, Simon Milman – double bass
Why Super Rats?
Super Rats is a pun. It sounds like the Romanian word supărați, meaning “annoyed ones”. So far, no-one has laughed at this, but there’s still hope.
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