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  • Harmonia

The Cleveland group Harmonia (not to be confused with Michael Rother’s old post-Neu! combo of the same name) arguably ranks as America’s finest practitioners of Roma string-band music, often playing with velocity and virtuosity (if not bloodied intensity) comparable to Romania’s Taraf de Haidouks or Hungary’s Okros Ensemble, with fiddles sawing and cimbalom shimmering. On the group’s latest album, Hidden Legacy (Folk Sounds), the septet once again draws from a fairly wide range of eastern European sources—Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovakia—with impressive stylistic fidelity and precision.