Once again Amsterdam-based Stricat sets a high standard with their original blend of Romanian folk music and 50s hard bop. Their debut CD has established them as one of the most sophisticated bands of contemporary European world music. On this second CD the ultra-tight trio strikes again with 13 new compositions, irresistible grooves, contagious melodies, adventurous solos, virtuosic ensemble play and funky riffs, which have become their trademark. It has become common knowledge that a high level of musical agility is required to play Balkan music. Combined with the extensive experience of Stricat's members with jazz, rock, contemporary and improvised music, this begs the question: "Can we still call this world music?" Indeed it is! Despite a liberal approach and distinctive improvisations the spirit of Romanian and Bulgarian music is always in the air. And finally, you would like to know what Stricat means? It's very simple: Stricat is Romanian and means 'broken'. Tracks: 1. mayday - Bokkie Vink 4.11 2. Romanian Strut - Bokkie Vink 4.26 3. jab - Bokkie Vink 4.58 4. vague - Theo van Tol 4.28 5. rustemul - Theo van Tol 4.53 6. aap - Gijs Levelt 4.20 7. Sebastian - Theo van Tol 3.15 8. take it away - Bokkie Vink 5.19 9. Pollo - Bokkie Vink 6.21 10. Voor Mariken - Gijs Levelt 3.36 11. ^#^alles kan beter - Theo van Tol 4.07 12. ^#^de velden - Bokkie Vink 5.44 13. Rammy rag - Theo van Tol 4.17 Stricat: Gijs Levelt - trumpet Theo van Tol - accordion Bokkie Vink - cymbalom Stricat's debut album "rats & gentle people" (released in 2007) was highly praised in the Dutch music press and their captivating live performance at the Dutch national television program Vrije Geluiden in the same year helped to raise the attention of a broader audience. The trio performed concerts at prestigious festivals and venues like the North Sea Jazz Festival (2008), Jazz op het Dak (2008), Contrabande Festival (2008), ZomerJazzFietsTour (2007), Karnatic Lab Festival (2007), RASA (2007), Paradox (2007) and Bimhuis (2007). With their successful showcase at the Dutch Blend Meeting (2008), an international fair for world music pros, Stricat attracted the attention of many international concert promoters and journalists, which amongst others resulted in a tour to Taiwan (2008).