When they travel the world with their music, from Mumbai via Tegernsee to Chicago, it is a matter of give and take. The giving is self-explanatory, but also the taking comes naturally: Someone briefly sings or plays a melody, and the Tanzgeiger pick it up immediately: the first voice is joined by the second, then come the bass and the harmony as well as a tenor or counter-melody from the brass section, on and on they play, transpose, vary, and improvise. Thus, instead of tourist memorabilia, it is musical souvenirs that they bring with them in their hand luggage, and that remain in their repertoire. Be it Kolomejka, Hungarisch, or Finnish Jenkka – the Tanzgeiger absorb the melodies and shape them in their own style. They are never just replica of an original, they are always original themselves.