The Drom orchestra

Drom orchestra established by Drom Association performs new and traditional Gipsy music. Songs written by Veijo Baltzar have been set to music by composers Kiureli Sammallahti and Toni Edelmann. Drom's songs capture the history, spirit and psychology of the Roma in a fresh way, sounding traditional as well as innovative. Baltzar's deep knowledge of the culture of his people and Sammallahti's cosmopolitan musical thinking, incorporating elements from Roma music of various countries, can be heard in the songs.
Drom consists of talented young Finnish musicians from the top of the nation's music scene, graduated from the Sibelius Academy, the country's leading musical institution. Drom’s singers are Nina Castén and Veijo Baltzar. The group's members share a love for Roma culture as well as for making new and challenging music. The group brings Roma culture to the 21st century, and their audiences will feel not only entertained but also elevated.

COMPOSITIONS OF THE ORCHESTRA

2014–2016

Nina Castén (vocals)
Veijo Baltzar (vocals)
Heli Siekkinen (accordeon)
Iida-Vilhelmiina Laine (cello)
Kari Korhonen (contrabass)
Carl-Johan Häggman
(percussions)

2011–2014

Nina Castén (vocals)
Lukas Stasefskij (cello)
Markus Hallikainen (cello)
Jussi-Matti Haavisto (alt violin)

2002–2011


Nina Castén (vocals)
Anette Åkerlund (vocals 2002-2004)
Kasimir Baltzar (vocals)
Valtteri Bruun (guitar)
Mikko Rajala (violin)
Kiureli Sammallahti (accordeon)
Carl-Johan Häggman (percussions)
Sara Puljula/Elina Lappalainen
(contrabass)

ORCHESTRA’S PERFORMANCE HISTORY

2016/04

Integration Theatre Baltzar's musical cabaret “Sin”. Performances 20, 22, 28 and 29 April, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki.

2014/03-04

Integration Theatre Baltzar, musical cabaret “With the Seven String Guitar”. Performances 19–30 March, 12 April 2014 Alexander Theatre, Helsinki

2014/10

Tikkurila Library, City of Vantaa. Miranda exhibition opening. Opening speach by Member of Parliament Antti Lindtman.

2014/09

Whole-night concert, Rautalampi, Matti Lohi school.

2013/09

National Museum of Finland. Nina Castén as a visiting solist in a concert by Suora Lähetys orchestra (accompaniment: Mertsi Lindgren, Dimitri Grönfors, Timi Järvivuori, Tomi Saikkonen).

2013/09

National Museum of Finland, opening ceremony of Miranda exhibition. Opening speeches by Minister of Culture and Sports Paavo Arhinmäki and former PM Paavo Lipponen.

2013/05

Turku City Library, opening ceremony of Miranda exhibition. Opening speach by Member of Parliament Ilkka Kanerva.

2012/11

A private ceremony of Paavo and Päivi Lipponen fund.

2012/10

Pieksämäki, cultural centre Poleeni, opening ceremony of Miranda exhibition. Opening speach by City Mayor Tapio Turunen.

2012/08

Restaurant Wäiski. Season opening ceremony of Social Democrats in Helsinki.

2012/05

Mikkeli City Library, opening ceremony of Miranda exhibition. Opening speach by Member of Parliament Pauliina Viitamies.

2012/03

Kouvola City Library, opening ceremony of Miranda exhibition. Opening speach by Chairman of Kouvola City Council Jari Suomela.

2012/01

Holocaust Memorial Day celebration. Auditorium of Helsinki City Library (Pasila library). Organized by Finnish Holocaust Remembrance Association.

2012/01

50-year anniversary celebration, Social Democratic Party member YPSY. Honorary guests Finland’s former president Mauno Koivisto and spouse Tellervo Koivisto.

2010/08

Restaurant Wäiski, publication event of Jani Saxell’s novel ”Unenpäästäjä Florian”.

2010/04

Savoy theatre, Drom orchestra as a main performer of Barvalo Drom Gipsy Music concert (whole-night concert), Helsinki

2010/03

Bar Dubrovnik, Helsinki. Whole-night concert.

2010/03

Cultural Centre Caisa, Barvalo Drom exhibition opening ceremony. Opening speach by Helsinki City Mayor Jussi Pajunen.

2010/03

Cultural House Karelia, Tammisaari. Whole-night concert.

2009/09

Cultural Centre Nordsjö-Rastis, Helsinki. Whole-night concert.

2009/07

Faces Etno Festival, Billnäs, Raasepori. Whole-night concert.

2008/12

Cultural Centre Caisa, Helsinki. Whole-night concert.

2008/09

Cultural Centre Caisa, Helsinki. Publication event of Veijo Baltzar’s novel ”In love and war”, Tammi publishers. Caisa’s main auditorium.

2008/09

Cultural Centre Nordsjö-Rastis, Helsinki. Whole-night concert.

2007/12

Cultural Centre STOA. Whole-night concert.

2004/08

Old Student House, Helsinki. A whole-night concert as part of the Art Goes Kapakka Festival.