The project of Ildik√≥ Kali, which she describes as ethno chanson, helped her to her breakthrough after the release of the CD La Loba (Pavian records). The album has become a milestone in the work of Romanika, the group gathered around singer and guitarist Ildik√≥ Kali (Ika) and brings together the best works of the experienced musician and producer Stanislav Paluch. The songs at Romanika are matured and at the same time they have retained their distinct character underlined by a music-colored world, accompanied by the charismatic expression of Ika. The richer sound of the band was provided by specials guests of Slovak world-jazz music such as Marcel Comendant ‚Äď cimbalom, Martin Chovanec- accordion, bandoneon, Peter Sol√°rik-drums and others.

The songs of Ildik√≥ Kali still retain their feminine charm, an unmistakable expression full of energy and passion. Songs with lyrics full of imagination are accompanied by music often topped with elements of flamenco, Balkan music, or gypsy motifs. Strong feminine element balances the deep and jazz- cultivated sound of the double bass played by Ika¬īs life partner Roman Kraic.


Ildikó Kali Рhudba, spev
Stanislav Pal√ļch – husle, mandol√≠na
Marcel Comendant – cimbal
Peter Sol√°rik – bicie
Pavol Bereza – gitara
Martin Chovanec Рakordeón
Roman Kraic – kontrabas


Svetlo a tiene (2004)
Vlńćie balady (2007)
Milenka vŇ°etk√Ĺch (Slnko Records, 2010)
V hlbin√°ch (Pavian Records, 2013)
La Loba (Pavian Records, 2018)


The new album of Slovak Romanika represents a particular crossroads for the band. More than before, it is a sophisticated studio project, but do not despair, concert life has not disappeared. While in the past Romanika was a duo of Ildik√≥ and Roman Kraic (singing, double bass respectively) accompanied by various guests, this novel appears as a solo album by the very talented Ildik√≥, accompanied by a studio group. Roman is a part of it, but practically since the first bars of the first song Baubo, the accordionist Martin Chovanec attracts the attention. The basis of the line-up – among other musicians – is formed by guitarist Stanislav Pońćaji, drummer Peter Sol√°rik and violinist Stanislav Pal√ļch, who produced the album and was also in charge of the sound. The album La Loba is dancing, the rhythmic component often seems to prevail over the melodic component, even Ildik√≥’s singing often appears as a declamative, rhythmic instrument. That is why the role of Pal√ļch’s violin, which together with the accordion which acts as melodic putty, is important. Thanks to the chosen means of expression the album moves mainly in a wide area defined only very roughly by terms such as chanson, tango, Latin, and flamenco. Cuatro in the hands of Marta T√∂pferov√° moves the song DivoŇ°ka, but the response of South American songs is remotely evident in the title La Loba, in which the programmed drums (Stano Pal√ļch) feels absolutely organic. The fusion of jazz and Central European folk music will then be heard in the final ŇĹitko, in which Marcel Comendant and Peter Sol√°rik will show the interplay we know from their band Bashavel, of course, with the irreplaceable help of Roman Kraic. Unlike older recordings of Romanika, the album was not made live in the studio. Individual instruments were recorded gradually to achieve the best studio sound. That it was successful is illustrated by the song Night Love, in which the drumming of a vase in conjunction with a deep female voice and an electric guitar sounds really wonderful.




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