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NIKOLETT PANKOVITS SEXTET & THE RIVER VOICES | Hungarian folk music reimagined in the 21st century

Folk-jazz concert with literary interlines
Carnegie Hall
Monday, May 20, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Tickets | Students & Seniors $20 | Standard $28
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Hungarian-born New York jazz vocalist Nikolett Pankovits re-imagines Hungarian folk music with a brilliant cast of vocalists, instrumentalists, and arrangers, a collaboration that brings together visionary ensembles from jazz and world music.

Featuring a jazz sextet, a Hungarian folk trio, a vocal octet, a folk dancer, and actor Ádám Boncz, Nikolett Pankovits Sextet & The River Voices take Hungarian folk music into the 21st Century at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. The project builds upon the field research of legendary Hungarian composers such as Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, confounding stylistic expectations and melding the musical worlds of the five historical regions of Hungary.

On the concert, Pankovits performs with both her jazz group and The River Voices, a female vocal octet featuring Laura Angyal, Reka Banyai, Kinga Cserjesi, Kata Harsaczki, Ildiko Nagy, Artemisz Polonyi, and Boglarka Goldea-Raksanyi. The group’s unique repertoire incorporates elements across the five major regions in Hungarian folk music. In much the same way that the Danube River connects distinct communities in Hungary, Transylvania, and Romania, The River Voices draw on a border-crossing repertoire of traditional melodies newly imagined.

The River Voices

On three songs the program also features a Hungarian folk band with fiddler Jake Shulman-Ment, violist Aron Szekely, upright bassist Branislav Brinarsky (and dancer Denes Takacsy on one piece). Adam Boncz provides the connective tissue between the diverse material, rendered by the vocalists in various combinations.

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