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Biography 2001:Moravia is a beautiful hilly part of the Czech Republic. The Hradistan Folk Music and Dance Ensemble came to being back in 1950 in the old Moravian town of Uherské Hradiste. Their aim was to preserve the traditional musical culture of the region and their emblematic instrument was the cymbalon, a kind of giant zither which, in the hands of a virtuoso, sounds like a harpsichord on Dexedrine. In 1975 the helm of the group was handed to the 21 year old Jiri Pavlica who brought his considerable vision and imagination to bear on the task of preserving and updating Moravian folk music. He delved back into the regions past and came up with pagan chants, the haunting plainsong of early Christian choirs, dances used to muster troops during the Napoleonic wars and reams of modern folk songs. Hradistan perform all of these with skill and infectious enthusiasm transporting you on a roller-coaster ride through the bittersweet history of this enchanting corner of Eastern Europe. Biography by Andy Morgan, June 2001The HRADISþTþAN Folk Music and Dance Ensemble was founded in the ancient Moravian town of Uherské Hradisþt®ß in 1950 with the goal of preserving the traditional folk music of the South Moravian region. In 1975 Jirþí Pavlica, aged 21, became the artistic director of this cimbalom band and began to approach folk music in an innovative and challenging way. Pavlica has reached back into Moravia´s distant past, and the CDs which continue to appear at a remarkable rate span many centuries of human expression: from pagan chants to early Christian choirs, from mustering dances during the Napoleonic wars to modern folk songs such as Slaughtering the Ram. "Each of us comes from a certain place and each of us carries a piece of his home along throughout his life."