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Gundula is a violinist and singer, whose study and passion encompass Gypsy and folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. In the last 20 years, she gained recognition not only as a lead performer with her group Tatcho Drom and the founder/director of the London Gypsy Orchestra, but also as a Gypsy/Eastern European/Balkan music specialist, composer and as a creator of musical art projects, which inspire many people to actively take part.
She has performed at art centres, festivals, and for serious occasions in the UK and abroad, being featured in Music documentary such as âHow Music Worksâ (Channel 4) and TRT Turkish television, and been a guest on many world music radio programs with BBC, Resonance and local stations. Gundula has also published the âGypsy Music Collectionâ book and audio CD with 65 pieces from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her newest album âThe Devilâs Lentil Soupâ has acclaimed great reviews from Songlines, FrootsÂ and other publications.
Gundula originally studied classical violin in Germany, and continued after reaching the degree with jazz post-grad studies. She travelled extensively and collected music from all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans.