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
* Heartbreak Waggon or how to do a belly dance in a
tour bus on teh road....-
* 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
* 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
* Under the Sea Moon Oh, what happened this night at
„Of the enraged hunter, the bride's last dance -
and a happy butterfly"
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.
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
Although no traditional, this slightly off-beat version of the
Kocanies on the Chinese Empire is already being enthusiastically danced
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Gypsy-Crossover: the melody was written on the tour bus between
Barcelona and Madrid, the rhythm is a traditional Oro in 2/4.
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!"
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.