Marius Preda's Unknown Allstars
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Marius Preda's Unknown Allstars

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands | SELF

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands | SELF
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The real thrill of two days Gipsy festival was put down by Marius Preda and Unknown Allstars. Preda is a multi-talent cimbalom-, violin- and accordionplayer. Casually he also sang a little gloowing duet with Florin Mocanas, the singer from Romania as pacer.

Infectious grooves, usually initiated by Preda on cimbalom, were gradually a more layered structure, and tight unison riffs and blazing solos, from Akos Laki on saxophone, Raya Hadziehva on trumpet and Cezar Cazanoi on flute, kaval and duduk, lifted the music to a new level.

Just at the right time in the tension, was a subdued and poignant interpretation of the unofficial Roma “Djelem Djelem” deployed. Only accompanied by Cazanoi on kaval, the singer Mocanas let his emotions run wild, and knew the audience many tears to flow. Then took the other musicians for a one to hand back their instruments,to do once the sadness turn into a blazing musical bonfire.

The musical highlight of the festival is formed by Marius Preda with his Unknown Allstars.
Incredibly, the pace of the man with his chopsticks on the strings of the cimbalon moves. And he also has a set of international virtuosi gathered around him on guitar, flutes, brass, percussion, accordion, violin and vocals. Stirring dynamic instrumentals are interspersed with lively songs and melancholy words

Peak of the afternoon was Marius Preda’s Unknown Allstars.
The energy that blows off the stage, makes the audience forget the drizzling rain.
The vocals - / beatbox battles between the singer and saxophonist, making the occurrence of an interactive whole, and one of the most dazzling performances of the entire festival

This year was the biggest surprise on behalf of The Unknown Allstars, a 'mixed'company around the Romanian rounder Marius Preda: ten musicians with strong compositions and ditto packages plus a surprising line-up including Eric Visser of the famous Dutch band Flairck, to fascinate for an hour - Volkskrant 01/06/2010


"Budala Hop" opa cupa 002-september 2010



Biography Marius Preda’s Unknown Allstars

Marius Preda’s Unknown Allstars present themselves in a breathtaking setting. Top musicians encourage each other to give the best of their abilities within the most complex rhythms and tempos. Marius is in turn at their heels with his sizzling Cymbalonsticks. In between there is also room for the authentic and melancholic vocals from Florin Mocanas. This tilts the atmosphere several times through to the equally relevant and melancholic hora’s and doina’s. However, nowhere is there the slightest cliché to pass.
They are a Balkan Big Band of misfits as an Armenian Duduk, double-bass etc.. With the Preda’s compositions, they play with lightning speed or melancholic, like Preda’s adaption of Gloomy Sunday.