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    Posted: January 20 2011 at 11:46
Calandrinon is a Progressive Folk band from Romania.  Actually, I've known about this band for some time, but haven't  managed to get a copy of their only release until now, the album Galeria De Vise (Gallery of Dreams), released in 2002.    According to the information given on the band's official website, the band started out in the 70's under the name Geneze, which was formed by lead musician Mihai Gherman.  The band later changed its name to Calandrinon.  Two original members remain.and the band is active to date.

The band makes no secret of the huge influence that the prog folk band Phoenix have had on their music, and this can be seen clearly in their compositions.  Other influences listed by Mihai Gherman are Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Yes, as well as other Romanian prog outfits such as Sfinx and Progresiv TM.  The lyrics are in Romanian and deal with topics such as medieval folklore, religion and spiritual destiny.

Although the quality of the production of the CD could be better, and IMO the individual tracks vary in quality, the band has made a sincere effort to produce original and interesting material which is of interest to prog fans.  It should be noted the album "Galeria de Vise" was produced in collaboration with Phoenix drummer Ovidiu Lipan Ţăndărică.

The album can be listened to here
http://http://www.calandrinon.ro/galeria-de-vise

Some more compositions, plus some improved  versions of tracks from the album "Galeria de Vise" can be found here

http://http://www.calandrinon.ro/calandrinon-pagina-boomr

I look forward to your opinions! Smile




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2011 at 11:52
Never heard of these guys, now that's obscure! Tongue Will check.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cacha71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2011 at 11:56
There is also an extended biography of the band on their website in Romanian.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andy Webb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2011 at 18:59
I'm finding it hard to find the true prog in the band, but they do have a slightly experimental, somewhat heavy prog feel. They remind me of Anti-Depressive Delivery a little, fusing the blues-rock with some cool folky-psychedelic elements. Cool stuff, but I would hesitate before thinking about calling them prog.
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Is the band signed? That includes them selling the album by themselves. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrea Cortese Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2011 at 05:20
I've read Calandrinon and I've thought of Romania immidiately.

I've heard that name before...presume in the Cantafabule album (by romanian glory Phoenix).


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cacha71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2011 at 14:37
Originally posted by harmonium.ro harmonium.ro wrote:

Is the band signed? That includes them selling the album by themselves. 


Yes, they released  "Galeria de Vise" with Taboo Music in 2002.  (a studio in Arad, Romania)  My apologies - I omitted to include this information.  @ Andrea Cortese:  Yes, this is almost certainly the inspiration for the band's name.  As mentioned above, Phoenix has had a huge influence on the band, in particular Mihai Gherman.  The Calandrinon bird is a mythical bird which comes to the bedside of a sick person to decide his or her fate.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2011 at 15:39
In that case I'll ask the Prog Folk team for the evaluation. The Phoenix influence is beyond doubt. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cacha71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2011 at 15:47
Ok, thanks!  Smile

The CD is available.   When I contacted the band about a year ago, I was told that the CD was sold out.  I recently discovered a supplier in Germany who seems to have multiple copies of the CD.
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Originally posted by harmonium.ro harmonium.ro wrote:

In that case I'll ask the Prog Folk team for the evaluation. The Phoenix influence is beyond doubt. 
do they have a MySpace page???
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 29 2011 at 05:20
The full album can be listened in their website Hugues, the link is in the OP. Thumbs Up
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Any news yet?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cacha71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2011 at 05:04
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Some feedback please?
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I haven't seen the Prog-Folk team members around for the last days, and the band is still under evaluation. I think the best strategy to keep this running would be to stalk them via the private messenger Wink Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ClemofNazareth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2011 at 15:02

I just posted an update and link to the on-line streaming 'Galeria de Vise' album for the rest of the Prog Folk team.  I think they probably do belong here, but will wait for Ken and Sean Trane to comment.

Definitely a lot of similarities to Phoenix, and I even detected some Pink Floydian influence, especially on the early parts of the record.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cacha71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2011 at 04:55
So that's a probable yes.   There is indeed psychedelic influence there.  I will wait for the team's decision, and write the biography if accepted.  Thanks!
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Anyone know what happened to this?
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I've bumped the suggestion Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote amatala Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2013 at 12:31
Hello,

Any updates about this? It would surely be interesting to have Calandrinon listed on PA and help more people discover the band!

Thanks!
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