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Tuesday, July 24 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Home Soirée: Hungarian Gypsy Jazz

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Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio is the dynamic merging of music from the old and new worlds. Balogh continues a fabled European musical tradition harking back to the collaboration of masters like gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, connecting ancient folk music traditions of Central and Eastern Europe with the chord progressions and swinging rhythm of jazz. Balogh's cimbalom becomes a new and compelling voice centering the Trio, which is enhanced by acoustic violin/viola and acoustic bass. Similarities in jazz and traditional folk music, such as improvisation and a kaleidoscope of emotional expressions, are immediately evident.

 The Trio includes excellent musicians who have worked with Balogh extensively. Robert Lakatos, a viola and violin player from Slovakia, is steeped in classical music training and played with important classical orchestras, but always gravitated toward folk and world music. He plays in several groups ranging from classical to folk and jazz genres. Robert’s band, the RÉV, has become a popular band in Hungary and Slovakia.  Bassist Csaba Novák is one of the most versatile bass players in Hungary, familiar with gypsy style, klezmer, folk music, jazz and world music.

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Kalman Balogh

Kálmán Balogh is the master of the cimbalom; He traces his descent from a famous dynasty of Hungarian Gypsy musicians. His virtuosity is matched only by his understanding of, and respect for his heritage. A graduate of the prestigious Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he has toured the world, capturing the hearts of audiences wherever he played. Balogh spent decades studying the music of the Roma in Europe and... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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