The Music of the Klingon Empire

il Troubadore, known on the planet Qo’noS as bomwI’pu’ has been performing tlhIngan QoQ (Klingon music) live since 2009.

il Troubadore’s mission is to record and perform all existing songs in the complete musical oeuvre of the Klingon Empire. Everything from the grand ghe’naQ nIt to the vernacularmay’ bom and HIvje’ bom will be able to be heard and appreciated by Terran audiences throughout the planet Earth.


During their travels through space (and time) il Troubadore have managed to also learn a number of songs from many alien races throughout the multiverse including tunes in the tongues of the Ewoks and the languages Huttese, Fremen, Vulcan, Tenctonese and Shyriiwook. Also, the group have managed to pick quickly learn tunes in dozens of languages on the planet Earth.

Formed in May 2004, Il Troubadore was conceived first as a variety band designed for private parties and small venues. The name was chosen to reflect the early material – which included several Italian Bel Canto, operatic arias, and Irish and Scottish folk tunes. Robert Bruce Scott, a classically trained vocalist plays mandolin, Celtic harp and classical guitar. Jon Silpayamanant exercises his classical-training on the cello and also contributes to the singing. In 2007, Paul Radecki added his dumbek talents to the ensemble. Wendi Wampler (aka Amirah) is il Troubadore’s resident bellydance as well as adding her clarinet skills to the mix.

The band quickly adapted to playing in larger clubs, adding rock, country, disco, jazz and folk covers from a broad variety of cultures as well as strong original material that blends heavy metal, classical and world music influences. Their Middle Eastern flair attracted attention from Midwest’s rapidly growing belly dance community. Now, local and regional dancers and musicians accompany il Troubadore at many of their appearances.

With a growing list of over 700 songs from over 60 countries and in 37 langugages at their command, with styles that range from most euro-american pop genres (e.g. Heavy Metal, Disco, Country, and Rock); to world music folk (e.g. Irish, Scottish, Albanian, Bhangra); to Asian film and dance-drama music (e.g. India Bollywood, Chinese, Thai); to western art music (e.g. Italian bel canto, Classical, Jazz). The quartet is constantly adding new songs to their set lists, with premieres happening on an almost weekly basis.

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