Csókolom: new CD Ludo Luda

On October 12th, 2001 I attended a performance in Amsterdam at the occasion of the release of Csókolom's new CD entitled "Ludo Luda ~ Fools Fancy". Like the previous one, this CD was released by Arhoolie Productions. (See also bol.com).
The gig took place at the Pleintheater, Sajetplein 29, Amsterdam. A small theatre with a pleasant atmosphere. It seats some 80 spectators, there is no elevated stage, but the audience's seats directly border the floor where the players perform. I was lucky enough to sit in the front row, hardly three yards away from the musicians. This Pleintheater ("Square Theatre") somewhat resembles Rasa in Utrecht. It certainly is a suitable location for this type of intimate, emotional, yet at times also exuberant, comical, festive music.

The performance was very refreshing: before the break there were all new pieces, after the break we heard some familiar older ones, but also more new songs. Again the well-known virtuosity in all four group members, the same music styles rooting in south-eastern Europe, but in various pieces also some more less traditional, jazzy expansions. A somewhat new development for Csókolom, although most members were already involved in jazz several times in their musical careers.
Examples of such unexpected sounds: the end of "Jove malaj mome" (track 11 of the CD), the end of "Csillagok" (13), and parts of "Megragjak a Tüzet" (17).

The name of the second CD "Ludo Luda", which they translate as "Fools fancy", is probably Croatian. Croatian is Anti's mother tongue (or one of her mother tongues?) because she lived in Zagreb when she was a child. The exact grammatical structure of the title I cannot reconstruct, for lack of insight in this language.
It is funny that "Ludo luda", if it were Esperanto, could also have meant "playful play" or "jocular game" etc. But that's probably not what they had in mind when deciding on this title. Many languages are used on Csókolom's CDs, Hungarian, Romanian, Romany (Gipsy's language) and Croat, but not Esperanto. And rightly so, because it wouldn't fit in the tradition of this style of music.

To my mind some tracks deserve special mention, though all tracks are equally worth one's while: