Romania. Zamfir is the best-known exponent of the pan-pipes or nei, an ancient instrument of southern Europe comprising reed or wooden pipes graduated in size and bound together in a row. His recording career began when he linked up with Swiss record producer Marcel Cellier, who recorded traditional folk tunes by Zamfir in the early 70s for release on his own label. Already popular in France, Zamfir found a mainstream audience in the UK in 1976 when Doina De Jale, a traditional funeral tune was used as the theme for a BBC Television series, The Light Of Experience. Released as a single by Epic Records, it was a Top 10 hit. The record also sold well across Europe, and Zamfir was launched on a career in middle-of-the-road music, frequently recording pan-pipe versions of western tunes, pop, classical and religious. Thus, his 1985 album Atlantis included film music, pieces by Jacques Brel and Eric Satie, plus Stranger On The Shore, the 1962...
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