The videos of Yuri Yunakov and Ruman Shopov are drawn from three of the 30 units of videos available on Travels with Music Series One, which is available online at www.travelswithmusic.org. There are nearly 300 video clips in this first series of the Travels with Music program that profiles master musicians from 15 cultures around the world: USA/Blues, Trinidad, Peru, Chile, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Bulgaria/Rom, Israel, Arabic/Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Indonesia/Java, Philippines, and China. The whole program is available at the online store (www.travelswithmusic.org) and can be purchased for online access or on interactive DVD-ROM for computers or on DVD-video for television. Also, see the other collections of sample videos from Travels with Music on Curriki.

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Rumen Shopov is a concertmaster and tambura soloist of the famous Nevrokopski Ensemble for National Songs and Dances, the oldest Bulgarian professional folk ensemble. Shopov is also a representative of the ancient Rom or Romani musical tradition. The Rom people, who are sometimes called “gypsies” by outsiders, came originally from India a thousand years ago and are now spread through much of Europe and beyond. There are more videos featuring Rumen Shopov and Rom music in Travels with Music, Series One, available online at www.travelswithmusic.org This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Bulgaria/Rom collection.
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Yuri Yunakov is a Turkish-Bulgarian Rom. The Romani people are sometimes called “gypsies” by outsiders. And since the Rom themselves have been outsiders in many cultures, in order to survive they have had to become masters of the music that audiences in each culture want to hear. Yuri Yunakov is one of the founders of Bulgaria's wildly popular "wedding music" style. A saxophone player of incredible skill, his command of the style's fast-paced, complicated, and shifting time signatures has been known to cause whole rooms full of people to get up and dance “as one.” This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Bulgaria/Rom collection.
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