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Sad but True

World-class jazz meets the Hungarian spirit

Jazz & literary performance
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Bitter End
Tickets | $15
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Get mesmerized by excellent performers exploring the complexity of 20th century Europe: five outstanding international musicians out of New York accompany two exceptionally talented Hungarians performers. The gifted jazz vocalist, Nikolett Pankovits who melded the traditional Hungarian songs and standards of her youth with a luscious array of Latin American rhythms. The songs are interlaced with literary excerpts and Hungarian poems performed by actor Ádám Boncz presenting the bittersweetness of the the last century.
 
Sad but True is back in town for the last time before it embarks on a European tour, offering a dive into the last century of European history in an entertaining way. It shows you a rich cultural heritage and a sense of humor Eastern Europeans were able to laugh in the face of death. From Béla Bartók to Rezső Seress, the Hungarian-Jewish bar pianist known for writing the world-famous Gloomy Sunday.
 
This production gives you all the soulfulness Europe can offer, keeping up with the demands of New York’s spoiled culture lovers.


Sad but True

About the Artists

Since her arrival to NYC, Hungarian-born jazz vocalist Nikolett Pankovits has forged a singular body of music, grounded in the Old World but illuminated by the cultural mélange of the Americas. Pankovits’ music is an act of alchemy by a singer with an emotionally charged sound and story unlike anyone else on the today’s jazz scene.

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Adam Boncz was accepted to the world-renowned Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. As an actor, he has appeared in the Off-Broadway play Neither Heaven nor Earth produced by Poliglot Theater, Michael Weller's Moonchildren at the West End Theater and New Stage Theatre Company's Jollification/Mortification at the world famous La Mama ETC. In 2014 he founded SceneHouse Productions which produced the world premiere of Fatelessness based on the novel of Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész.

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