A Road to Heaven
Chants and dances
The first kiss, beautiful women, lonesome roads and far horizons,
upon Turkish dancers and friends in Wuppertal... and upon a speedy taylor...
 

* Heartbreak Waggon  or how to do a belly dance in a tour bus on teh road....-
*
Speedy Taylor   high speed  acrobatics for musicians
* Gypsy Dans  traditional dance in the Ingra style  
* Üsküdar   rememberances from Üsküdar ( district of Istanbul)
* Letter to my Love  I love you, I love onyl you, don't  leave me ...- Song
 * Disc' Oro   Gypsies go Disco...
 * Street Promenade   wedding procession marching through teh streets
 * Maccedonian Beat  dance in the Maccedonian rhythm  
 * Like a cloud  My life ressembles to the lonesome cluods in the sky, endelessly passing by- nobofy knows where ...  Song
 * Wuppertal    memories of Gundi and Andreas  - what did we play....
 * Belgrad Sundowner   Hommage to the night life of Belgrade  
 * Under the Sea Moon     Oh, what happened this night at the seaside...


GypsyFolies

„Of the enraged hunter, the bride's last dance -
and a happy butterfly
"

1)    Speed
Naat Veliov's very personal high speed version of a traditional Kolo in 2/4: „The music is in my head, my feelings and my trumpet's soul - you can find it all in the staccato", he says.

2)    Kocani Dans   
A tribute to the Macedonian home town of the Veliov family. Based on a much loved Indian belly dance rhythm in 4/4 time; a must at every festivity and always danced solo. An infallible therapy for musicians and dancers alike against world-weariness and troubles of all kind!

3)    Péking Délire
Although no traditional, this slightly off-beat version of the Kocanies on the Chinese Empire is already being enthusiastically danced to everywhere.

4)    Nevestinsko Staro
This very old traditional Oro originates from the musical heritage of the Veliovs and was already taught to Naat as a child by his grand-father. It is the last dance the bride traditionally dances with her family in her parent's house before leaving it for ever with her husband. By interpreting this 7/8 time piece in a rather calm and solemn rhythm by Gypsy standards, not only a feeling of farewell is expressed but also a very practical consideration for the elder generation.

5)    Trno Mome
A song for the "Maiden Trno played in a Kolo rhythm little known outside of Macedonia and some parts of Bulgaria’. The extremely complicated changes between 5/8 and 11/8 set the highest demands on both the virtuosity of the musicians and the technical abilities  of the dancers.

6)    Nostalgie d'Amour
The traditional rhythm for this song originates in Asia, probably India. The melody concerns the unhappy love of the Gypsies' king for a lady who will not yield to him.

7)    Lovdiski Cacak
This very well known Kolo in 2/4 tell of a man who is very hungry and goes into the woods with his rifle to shoot game. But it is very cold and all animals are hiding. The man marches on without finding an animal becoming increasingly hungry and angry while freezing terribly. Therefore he begins to run faster and now scares off any animals that had still remained. Thus the Koloturns into a Cacak which finally even becomes too fast to dance to. The man has to return home hungry and the dancers are completely exhausted.

8)    Orient Ex-Ju
This melody which originates from the Second World War in former Yugoslavia in 1944, is part of Naat's childhood memories. As a little boy he often heard it from his grand-father as it was one of his favourites. Since Nat took over the lead of the orchestra after his grand-father's death, he always enjoyed playing it. In the meantime, many bands perform this piece and the melody is today a very popular one.

9)     Berlin Melodij
From ‘Gypsy Blues’  through a Romany version of  ‘Hot Jazz’  to Super Kolo; these are three stylistically very different variations on a single melody which Naat composed for the city in which his daughter Vaska and his youngest grand-son live..

10)     Kalamatija
No wedding in Greece or Macedonia is complete without this typical Oro which is known to everyone!  ‘Kalamatija’ is derived from the Macedonian-Greek word for iron and describes the Rhythmic sound of a  (blacksmith's) hammer striking metal.  The complicated rhythm in 7/8 time is, however, not easy to play and even harder to dance to.

11)    Se hablar español
Gypsy-Crossover: the melody was written on the tour bus between Barcelona and Madrid, the rhythm is a traditional Oro in 2/4.

12)    Pink Cocek
A Cocek ("butterfly") in the popular 4/4 is always played and danced to, above all, when feelings  are overflowing, the alcohol makes you want to get up and dance and the senses are blurred - and that is actually always the case whenever family and friends get together, may it be on the occasion of weddings, baptisms, funerals(!) or other festivities and celebrations.
At the same time, however, it is also something like a drug of the poor. "When the pain overwhelms you", it is said, "when you feel lonely or hungry or angry, then dance the Cocek - and all your worries and problems are forgotten!"

13)    GypsyFolies
This piece in the familiar Cigance style is very popular in all the countries of the Balkans. It attains the specific "Kocani touch" through individual instruments continually breaking out into a crooked up 7/8 time which is so typical of Naat Veliov's music and his approach to life.