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Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band

This band is guaranteed to put a spring in the step, bring a smile to the face and refresh the appetite of even the most jaded musical palette. After extensive touring through Europe and North America in recent years, in 2003 they stepped forward once more onto the world stage with a new programme and accompanying CD.
As in many parts of the world, Roma musicians are peerless in musical entertainment in Hungary as well. The cornerstones of the music of Balogh Kálmán and his fellows in the Gipsy Cimbalom Band have their distinguished instrumental knowledge and virtuosity inherited through famous musical dynasties on the one hand, together with their familiarity with different musical genres and styles.
Balogh Kálmán has been honing his undoubted musical skills for twenty years or so now, playing with the best of Hungary's folk musicians with excursions into classical, jazz and rock, both at home and abroad. The Gipsy Cimbalom Band provides him with the opportunity to fulfil a more personal musical vision and although his dazzling mallet work is a highlight of their performance, the band do much more than providing a foundation for the cimbalom - they are all dynamic and versatile musicians with equally eclectic musical.
In this band Balogh and his fellow musicians present the instrumental music performed by Gipsies in the Carpathian Basin and the Balkans. The compositions are not mere reconstructions of pieces from each source area since the music, like Gypsies, crosses boundaries and the band manages to find unexpected combinations and juxtapositions. These traditional tunes merge seamlessly in the hands of the accomplished musicians as they verge from style to style, constantly improvising around the main theme. This music is no longer 'traditional' but universal.
Improvisations is at the heart of the music and has broadened the band's horizons with elements of Latin music and flamenco, swing, ragtime and klezmer. These elements are not meticulously composed nor included just for effect - these inventive musicians have fine-tuned the harmony of the band to produce a colourful, playful and totally 'new' music. This ability is one owned by the best Roma musicians. Different styles are combined to produce a homogeneous and distinctive whole.
Kálmán Balogh band leader - cimbalom
He is one of the most respected cimbalom players in Hungary. His interests pushed him towards classical and folk music studies. 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. He plays mostly authentic folk music from Hungary and from the Balkans, though during the last years he has played with jazz groups, rock bands and also symphony orchestras.
 

Website of the artist:

www.kalmanbalogh.hu

www.songs.hu/kalmanbaloghgipsycimbalomband

Artist's Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/kalmanbalogh

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band - Aroma

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band
Aroma
FolkEurópa
2003

Folk, Jazz, World Music

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band - Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cimbalom Band Feat. Kovács Ferenc És David Murray

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band
Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cimbalom Band Feat. Kovács Ferenc És David Murray
Fonó Budai Zeneház
2004

Jazz

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band - Aven Shavale

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band
Aven Shavale
FolkEurópa
2007

Jazz, World Music

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band - Délibáb

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band
Délibáb
NarRator Records
2010

Jazz, World Music

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band Egyveleg 2014

 The cornerstones of the music of Balogh Kálmán and his fellows in the Gipsy Cimbalom Band have their distinguished instrumental knowledge and virtuosity inherited through famous musical dynasties on the one hand, together with their familiarity with different musical genres and styles. Here we see live performance recorded in Budapest' famous pub - Szimpla Kert.