(established 2008; last updated 9/27/14)
Taraf de Haïdouks
is a band of Gypsy musicians from Clejani, Romania that formed in 1989.
Their name means literally "Band of Gypsies" or "Band of
Outlaws." In Romania they are also known as Taraful
Haiducilor. They have ranged in number from about a dozen to
thirty. They have issued a number of commercially-released
CDs, most recently Maskarada in 2007.
In 1999, Johnny Depp met Taraf de Haïdouks
when they portrayed the family of his character Cesar in the Sally
Potter film, The Man
Who Cried. Johnny immediately became a huge fan
of their music. He has supported them through the years,
including appearing in the documentary portion of a 2002 film called Live At Union Chapel
that was included in the 2006 CD/DVD combination album, The Continuing
Adventures of Taraf de Haïdouks, and later in the 2006 film
about five Gypsy bands on a North American tour: Gypsy Caravan (aka When The Road Bends).
In them, he speaks of how incredible their music is and how
it astounds even professional musicians to whom he has introduced their
music. The documentaries themselves serve as wonderful
illustrations of the spirit and compassion this group and other Gypsy
musicians bring to their art. Please see the Documentaries
page for more information about these documentaries.
Johnny was also presented them with a
BBC Radio 3 World Music Award
for European and Middle East music in 2002. Also in 2002, he
of them in a segment of Inside
The Actor's Studio, telling about the lesson he has
them to live every moment and to treat each breath as a gift.
Their amazing music and their appreciation for life certainly
serves as an inspiration!
Photos (click to enlarge)
kit for When The Road
Bends (released theatrically as Gypsy Caravan)
from Johnny in liner notes of the Gypsy
In The Man Who Cried
with Johnny Depp, Paris 1999
BBC Music Awards, January 28, 2002
||Musiques de tsiganes de Roumanie
||Honourable Brigands, Magic Horses
And Evil Eye
||Gypsy Music from Romania
||Band of Gypsies
Man Who Cried Soundtrack (contributors)
||The Continuing Adventures Of Taraf
de Haïdouks (DVD and CD)
Caravan: Music In And
Inspired By The Film (contributors)
||Band of Gypsies 2 (with Kocani Orkestar)
websites for Taraf
info@johnnydepprocks if you
have any corrections or additions!