On the Plane

Live, From Bucharest, It's ZAMFIR!!

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Days in the White House filing center on the road can be tedious, mind-numbing and extremely long. Journalists find themselves sitting inside a windowless conference room without ever seeing daylight.

But on the other hand, you never know who might show up. During President Bush's journey through Africa in February, it was rocker-turned-activist Bob Geldof, who hitched a ride on Air Force One to talk with Bush, and Jordin Sparks of "American Idol," who was promoting malaria programs. Here in Romania, who would be more appropriate than Zamfir, the master of the pan flute and a ubiquitous television commercial presence for anyone growing up in the 1970s?

Gheorghe Zamfir, his full name, and his band just wrapped up an impromptu performance in the televsion transmission room here at the Intercontinental Hotel. It seems that the folks at NBC News thought it would be neat to see the famed pan flutist, a phone call was made, one thing led to another and voila, there he was. Zamfir, for those too young to remember, recorded 90 gold and platinum albums and CDs and sold more than 120 million of them in his heyday, popularizing an ancient Romanian instrument made of bamboo, reeds or wood. His music provided much of the score of "The Karate Kid" in 1984 and could even be heard in "Kill Bill" in 2003.

People around here are experiencing flashbacks to their "Brady Bunch" days. Who could be next? Nadia Comaneci?

-- Peter Baker

By Washington Post Editor |  April 4, 2008; 6:04 AM ET  | Trip:  Bush in Eastern Europe, April 2008
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Thank you :) I am romanian and finally i m able to read something positive about Romania and its great artists :)

Posted by: Lorrilee | April 5, 2008 3:13 PM

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