Ever since the release of their debut album and their first visit to western Europe back in 1991, Taraf de Haïdouks are considered as the epitome of Gypsy music’s fabulous vitality.
They’ve relentlessly toured all around the globe, have released acclaimed albums and a DVD, and their countless fans include people like the late Yehudi Menuhin, Kronos Quartet (with whom they’ve recorded and performed), actor Johnny Depp (alongside whom they appeared in the film The Man Who Cried), fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto (who invited them to be models-cum-musicians for his Paris and Tokyo shows) and many more.
Their music was used in numerous films, such as Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm and Train of Life by Radu Mihaileanu. Meanwhile, the band members seem to have been relatively unaffected by all humdrum, they’ve retained their sense of humour, and their way of life (they still reside in their modest village of Clejani, in the Valachian countryside). In January 2015, their 25th anniversary, Taraf de Haïdouks released their latest album Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts on Crammed Discs, in which they revisit some of the old styles which have enchanted Western audiences on their earlier albums: Romanian ballads, Gypsy love songs, old-school dance tunes, and Turkish-flavoured instrumentals.