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Music Review: 101 Strings – Gypsy Campfires

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Gypsy Campfires by 101 Strings is an orchestral presentation of famous gypsy songs including “Dark Eyes”, “Two Guitars”, “Slavonic Dances”, “Czardas”, “Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 6” and “Golden Earrings”. The 101 String Orchestra captures a plethora of sounds and emotions of participants at gypsy nightly campfires. The release is available on vinyl, audio CD and MP3 formats.

“Dark Eyes” is the first song on the album. The song proceeds at a brisk and fast pace with a rise to a crescendo and an accelerating rate of speed. The orchestra plays the rendition in a dramatic fashion, utilizing 101 string instruments and an accordion in spots. The music tends to be highly complex with many notes and improvisations. The performance proceeds with an impression of high drama and ends abruptly after reaching another crescendo.

“Czardas” (or “Csardas”) is a popular Hungarian dance performed by the 101 String Orchestra. The dance proceeds at an alternating light and forceful pace, and a series of fairly difficult chords are played without slurring or jumbling the notes. It begins with a grand entrance, followed by music that is initially slow, generous and flowing in nature. The sound of “Czardas” proceeds softly with a crescendo of string instruments like the violin prominent. The presentation also has traces of the clarinet which is a relative of the tárogató.

Though “Czardas” is performed by an orchestra, the street rendition tends to involve the audience heavily in the music, dancing and merriment. Often, there is cheering and clapping during it. The level of complexity of the chords is very much like the “Flight of the Bumble Bee” in parts. The ending starts softly with much feeling or improvisation until the whole orchestra of 101 strings joins for a loud finish to end the piece.

Gypsy Campfires is a rare collection of traditional gypsy songs played with a considerable richness of sound. The gypsy music conjures up free spirits as they dance and roam into the darkness of the night.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.