Transylvanian Mountain Boys, Gilles Apap in Aspen
Performance Today has spent the past few days visiting with artists at this summer's Aspen Music Festival. The trip ends with this performance, as violinist Gilles Apap and a pair called the Transylvanian Mountain Boys join Fred Child on stage in Aspen's Harris Hall. Apap starts out solo, playing the Sarabande from Bach B Minor Partita and a couple of Irish reels. Then, the Transylvanian Mountain Boys — guitarist Christopher Judge and double-bass player Brendan Statom — join him to play a pair of Romanian folk tunes, and a little swing by Django Rhinehart. They finish up with an improvisation on a Spanish dance by Manuel de Falla, sliding right into a gypsy tune called "Whistle."