"Vocalist is Lisa Herman, who formed the group Longhouse in NYC in 1985. Hanrahan was born in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in the Bronx to an Irish-Jewish family. His father left when he was 6 months old, leaving his mother and grandfather to raise him. He has described his grandfather as -this cynical Russian communist- whose approval of rebellion against authority he cites as among his early musical influences. he has compared his role to that of a film director, saying -- Making a record is like making a film. If anything, the analogy holds too true. The recording engineer becomes the cinematographer; I work with the musicians as I would with actors: You sing the lines the way they should be phrased; you shoot scenes and the scenes are not in sequential order, and every scene has a different light and sound.-- - Wiki"
The Okros Ensemble, led by the brilliant violinist Csaba Okros, are probably the finest interpreters of Transylvanian village music in the world. On I Left My Sweet Homeland, the five regular members of the ensemble are joined by Aladar Csiszar, a Gypsy violinist who is one of the last great players of traditional village music; Agnes Herczku, a young singer who is one of the leading figures in the Hungarian folk music revival; and Kalman Balogh, one the most accomplished cymbalom players in Europe. On tracks such as "Rabakozi Karej, Dus, Csardas Es Fris," a collection of dance tunes that features the ringing tones of Balogh's cymbalom, or the "Maramarosi Roman Es Cigany Dallamok," a medley of Gypsy tunes, the band navigates the intricate rhythms and complex melodies with aplomb. But the finest moments on this collection come when Herczku steps up to the microphone. Whether she is singing a lively melody like "Cingeralas (The Gypsy Jumping Dance)" or the moving a cappella lament "I Left My Sweet Homeland," she infuses the music with a passion that is rarely equaled. --Michael Simmons
"New Release by her son, Gil Bianchini. Originally recorded In the summer of 1966, when an 18-year-old Laura Nyro had the chance to audition for Milt Okun, one of the most respected music producers of the day, and Artie Mogull, a noted A&R man. After the session, Mogull became her manager, and Okun signed on to produce her debut record, More Than Just A Discovery. One of the songs she performed, _And When I Die_ became the opening track to Peter, Paul, And Mary