I wanted to share some music from our recent performances in Ohio:
This is an original tune, written by me and Mark Varelas, in a Gypsy style. We used an exotic scale that was introduced to me as the Greek Hitzaz scale. Here are the notes of the scale in A:
A, Bb, C#, D, E, F, G, A
The G can also be sharped while improvising, which sounds especially good while going up the scale.
Sorry the camera is kinda shakey. I handed my flip cam to a fan in the crowd who couldn’t seem to stop dancing. Next time I’ll pick someone who seems to like the music less😉
The inspiration to yell “hela!” came from a very old recording I heard that sounded like it was in an actual hash den in Turkey. You could hear the background noise of the room. There was a sparse instrumental intro but when the singer yells “hela” a cacophony symphony of flutes, drums, plucked strings and violins comes in. The next time I heard that word was it was being shouted in the distance of a Ren Faire campground. I followed it to investigate and found the whole crew of the Greek gyro booth trying to push a truck out of the mud.
I’ve since been told that it means “come on!” or “bring it!”
Would you guys like sheet music for this? If I have enough interest I will write it out.