US Tour 2003 March/April
The Hungarian Cultural Center, New York
in association with Centrum Management
Kálmán Balogh & The Gypsy Cimbalom Band
Photos: Kálmán Magyar
COME TO SEE THE BAND IN NEW YORK:
April 30, Wed 8:00 PM
THE BOTTOM LINE CLUB, 15 West 4th St.
Balogh is one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom players,
descending from a famous dynasty of Hungarian Gypsy musicians. His
virtuosity is matched only by his understanding and respect of his
heritage. A graduate of Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest, he
has completed many successful tours throughout the world with various
ensembles, including five tours in North America. The cimbalom, a sort
of oversized hammer dulcimer played with mallets like a vibraphone,
possesses piano like percussive abilities to drive a band rhythmically
or take the melodic lead. In Kálmán Balogh's expert hands, the
cimbalom can do both simultaneously. His mastery of this unique and
rare Hungarian folk instrument has mesmerized audiences.
Kálmán Balogh - cimbalom,
Sándor Budai - violin,
Major - violin, Ferenc Kovács - trumpet & violin,
Sándor Kuti - guitar, cimbalom, Csaba
Novák - bass
|Kálmán Balogh & The Gypsy Cimbalom
Band 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 the ancient folk music
traditions of Central and Eastern Europe with the chord progressions
and swing of jazz. With Gypsy Jazz, Balogh's cimbalom becomes a new
and compelling voice centering a band which also includes acoustic
bass, acoustic guitar, trumpet, and violins. Similarities in jazz and
traditional folk music, such as improvisation and a kaleidoscope of
emotional expressions, are immediately evident.
". it was the cimbalom player who took the greatest honors,
demonic speeds ."
|Melodies, which have been polished in
European villages for centuries, are interpreted with great respect
and understanding by The Gypsy Cimbalom Band, enabling present day
music lovers to experience the emotions and beauty inherent in the
music of our ancestors. Kálmán Balogh & The Gypsy Cimbalom Band bring
a contemporary and uniquely forward-looking edge to time honored
traditions, leaving audiences enthralled and inspired.
|In addition to concerts, Kálmán Balogh
& The Gypsy Cimbalom Band, conducts workshops, master classes, and
teaching residencies on Gypsy Jazz and on the cimbalom.
Kálmán Balogh and the Philadelphia Symphonic