When: Wed., July 20, 9:30 p.m. 2016
Romanian accordionist Marin “Tagoi” Sandu is 65, but he’s largely promoted as the son of the remarkable and fiery departed violinist Nicolae Neacșu from Taraf de Haidouks, the group that put Roma village fiddle music on the map. Sandu has remained in the remote village of Clejani his whole life, but he’s been getting out a bit more. He’s back in Chicago this weekend thanks to the efforts of Iranian expat and taxi-driver activist Ehsan Ghoreishi, who’s not only an accordionist himself—as well as a former member of the Black Bear Combo—but also the recording engineer of Sandu’s blistering 2015 album Tagoi (released by LM Duplication, the label run by Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of A Hawk and a Hacksaw). The fleet-fingered squeeze-box master Sandu will join forces with Chicago cimbalom master Nicolae Feraru and his bassist son Laurentiu to re-create the album’s lean, driving arrangements. As great as Sandu is on accordion, the real joy of the album is his raggedly soulful singing, which maintains a lurching, ebullient presence that toggles between pathos and bliss in the blink of an eye.