November 5, 2006. - Hungarian House, NYC
Music Without Borders & Centrum Management presented
CARPATHIAN FOLK QUARTET - FROM BUDAPEST
World Music - Village Music - Folk Music - Gypsy
at the Hungarian House "Café"
Kalman Magyar, Centrum Management, introduced Carpathian Folk Quartet
and Steve Lurie spoke about Music Without Borders
Some of the best
musical virtuosi players from Central Europe joined forces to
present the best in folk, village, world and "Gypsy" music.
Sándor Kuti is a cimbalom player who was trained at the famous
Rajkó Orchestra, he is a excellent and versatile musician.
Attila Jakab is from Transylvania to Roma heritage, he learned
and played with the famous informants of folk music in small
villages and in 2004 he mesmerized American audiences with his
superb violin playing in the Gypsy Spirit - Journey of the Roma
show. This performance will be an unforgettable experience in
music as interpreted by some of the world's most talented
musicians. The other musicians in the band are also considered
best in their field: László Mester, brácsa and Robert Doór,
cimbalom, is one of Hungary's outstanding cimbalom artists; he
is from a famous dynasty of Gyspy musicians. He studied music
from an early age and became a member of the world renowned
RAJKÓ Orchestra at the age of 14. He played with many famous
primás, including all members of the Lakatos dynasty, Sándor
Jároka, Károly Puka, and Ernő Kállai Kiss. He was also attracted
to the cimbalom music of the Balkans and other areas of Eastern
Europe. He toured the USA several times as member of the Kálmán
Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band and with the Gypsy Spirit Show. Kuti
is a well-rounded "Gypsy" musician true to his generation; he
played classical music with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and
with other European classical orchestras. He played Klezmer
music with the Budowitz Klezmer Band and popular music in
several European bands. He also tours with his own band in
Europe and in North America, the Gypsy Brothers, playing world
music and Klezmer jazz. Sándor is a remarkable representative of
the younger generation of Roma musicians from Budapest.
violin, is one of the most talented folk musicians from
Transylvania who is just as much at home in Hungarian as in
Romanian folk music. He grew up in Transylvania and learned from
the last authentic folk musicians in small villages. He is the
lead violinist of the Maros Ensemble, the professional Hungarian
folk group from Marosvásárhely [Tirgu Mures], Transylvania.
Attila has toured in many countries around the world, including
Western Europe, Japan and in North America. In his youth he
played at weddings and other community events serving the
Hungarian, Romanian and Roma communities. His superb technique
and warm personality mesmerized American audiences during the
2004 tour of the Gypsy Spirit, Journey of the Roma Show.
folk-viola, is one of the most respected folk viola, "brácsa",
players in the Hungarian folk music scene. He is a classical
trained violinist, who was attracted to folk-music at an early
age. He played with many important informants of traditional
folk music. Subsequently he played with most of the well-known
folk musicians and toured around the world with major Ensembles.
He completed six North American tours with the Ökrös Ensemble
with great success, including exciting projects with classical
orchestras. His musicanship is exceptional.
folk-bass, was initiated to music through jazz. However once he
discovered folk music, it became his passion. He is considered
one of the best bass players in Hungary folk music circles. He
also toured North America on several occasion with the Ökrös
Ensemble and participated in important concerts with classical
orchestras. Robert has played with most important folk musician
in Hungary and he is currently member of the Hungarian State