Chloe's mother Dorina came from Romania as a teenager. As Chloe explored her musical career, curiosity drove her to the folk music of her heritage.
Gypsy music refers to the original music of the Romani people, a diverse ethic group that originated in northern India. Over the centuries they migrated west and now reside mostly in Europe. The Roma people or Romani (gypsy has a negative connotation) are commonly nomadic and have traveled and lived in diverse lands; India, Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East and in Europe as far as Spain. There has always been a mystique about the strange nomads from distant lands. They also suffered persecution and poverty. They are often tradesmen and entertainers but more widely known as musicians.
Their music is varied and rich, having assimilated influences from all the cultures they have inhabited. For instance you can hear Klezmer, influence and Spanish flamenco is largely considered a variant of Romani. What instruments they favor is largely a matter of region. This adaptability has resulted in the Romani sometimes saving traditional music from extinction. Through all of it, they strive to maintained their own unique culture and musical heritage.
One of the largest concentrations of Romani people is in Romania.
This music speaks to Chloe's artistic, impulsive and passionate sprit. Chloe and friends play in on screen and this music drives the story of Chloe's life.
Romani Music Resources
World Music Network Rough Guide to Gypsy Music
Gypsy Lyrics - Roma culture music and dance
A band called Fishtank Ensemble - a good short overview
Folkworks article - Two Voices and One Soul
ROMANI MUSIKA Is a Facebook group.
(It has been shared on the Graden of Chloe Facebook page.)
Some well known Romani musicians
Paco de Lucia
Taraf de Haidouks
Camaron de la Isla
The Rosenberg Trio
Chris Reyman is the composer for The Garden of Chloe. A multi talented musician, Chris plays the accordion, the piano and like his father, Chris is a Jazz musician and music instructor at Millikin University. Chris plays in many bands including the Almost - A Quartet. Chris has composed music in many genres, including two originals orchestral scores for short films by Lucas Martell that were recorded by live orchestras, Pigeon Impossible and The Ocean Maker.
One of the other musicians in Almost - A, who will play on The Garden of Chloe, is Dorothy Martirano. Dorothy is a virtuoso improvisational fiddle player who is in multiple bands of different styles.
Below is a link to a video in which Chris and Dorothy play a number that Chloe will play in the film.
Czardaz On The Patio
Pigeon Impossible - Film that Chris scored.
The Ocean Maker - Film that Chris Scored
Other links to The Almost -A Quartet