Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band Sat., April 18, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band
In a rare performance, hear melodies, which have been polished in European villages for centuries, interpreted with great respect and understanding by The Gypsy Cimbalom Band. Led by Kálmán Balogh, one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom players, the band brings a contemporary and uniquely forward-looking edge to time honored traditions, leaving audiences enthralled and inspired.
Balogh’s mastery of this unique and rare Hungarian folk instrument (similar to oversized hammer dulcimer) 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.
The Band’s CD “Live in Germany” by Traditional Crossroads selected as the “Top of the World Album” in October 2008. The band has mesmerized audiences across the world including at this year’s WOMEX festival – the world’s most important gathering for World Music artists.
Resident Members $20; Gen. Admission $25
Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian
4th and Independence.
For tickets and information visit www.residentassociates.org or call 202-633-3030