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Balogh Cimbalom Trio

Date: March 28, 2014

Tickets: $15-$35. Purchase via ticketfly
Kálmán Balogh is one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom (cymbalum, hammer dulcimer) 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 seven tours in North America. In 1985 he was awarded the Hungarian distinction of "Young Master of Folk Arts", and two years later he won second prize in the Aladár Rácz cimbalom-competition.

Early in his career Kálmán Balogh focused on playing authentic folk music from Hungary and from the Balkans. The last decade, however, has seen his virtuoso talents explore new grounds as he has gradually established himself as one of top contemporary and jazz cimbalom artists in the world. He has played with jazz groups, rock bands and symphonic orchestras. His artistic collaborations range from Hungarian bands such as Muzsikás to Swedish Orient-Express, the Dutch Sultan and Ot Azoj, Transglobal Underground, Peter Ogi or the Joel Rubin Jewish Ensemble. He was musical director of the "Magneten Gypsy Show" of Andre Heller and he recorded a full album with with the world renowned Budapest Festival Orchestra playing Brahms' Hungarian Dances. In 1997, he performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and also with the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 in the past and is sure to do so in the future.
On his current outing, Kálmán Balogh is performing in a versatile trio format which permits both jazzier and world music pieces. Playing well over 20 dates in the United States, he will be stopping by Drom in the East Village, a stronghold of Eastern and Central European world music and definitely one of our fave venues in NYC. Come see a performance exploding with energy and full of nuance at the same time, a virtuosity that stands out even in a city like New York.


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