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Moodafaruka - Mood of The Dance A “faruka” (farruca) is a flamenco style of dance. We’ve combined it with the word mood, to create a new word that means mood of the dance. (We hope one day Webster’s will agree with us).
Moodafaruka was founded in 1999 by Rom Ryan. Since it’s inception it has been a musical playground for experimentation and invention. Through the blending of music inspired by different cultures into unique compositions, we try to create music that is both familiar and new.
We often are asked “What do you call this music”? A question that even for us is difficult to answer.
We now offer the following response to such a query:
Nuevoflamencoworldfusionglobalgroovengypsysurfmusic, but for expediency we often refer to it simply as “World Fusion”.
In 1999 Moodafaruka recorded their first CD - “La Luna Lounge.”
Rom Ryan and Percussionist Terrence Karn were the only members of Moodafaruka at that time. Terrence has since moved on to teach and perform throughout the United States.
The CD received rave reviews and excellent radio play around the globe and has sold thousands of copies!
Since then driven by Rom Ryan’s composition, and the talents of some of Houston’s finest musicians we have released 4 more cds. “Zazu” in 2002 and in 2004 “Blame it on the Moon”.
We currently have a compilation released on MegaWave Records entitled “Essential Moodafaruka” as of June 6th, 2008 it was number 2 on the Jazz/World Music Charts receiving airplay throughout the country.
We are also about to release Who R U in the fall of 2009.
Moodafaruka is a collective of musicians, but has at its core the talents of world renowned teaching violinist Mary Ann Willis she now has 10 books published on gypsy/ world violin.
Guitarist Vocalist Edita Rozenberg whose inspiring rhythms have brought out the best in our compositions, she is a world class singer performer and adds some sizzle to any concert or event.
Vocalist/ Flutist / Dancer Alesha Herrera leaves us asking what she can’t do. She sings in English, Spanish, and Arabic and brings a wonderful energy to any place she performs. Keyboard Bassist Richard Saldivar is a multi-instrumentalist born into a family of musicians the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. He has played with some of the finest bands in the country and we’re please to call him one of us. Percussionist Ilya Janos rounds things out with his unique slant on percussion, he has studied with some of the best percussionists in the world and it shows in his relaxed in the pocket style of playing.
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