RIP Al Berard (1960-2014) - master musician, Traiteur, friend
Live and in concert from Budapest, Hungary:
Kálmán Balogh Cimbalom Trio
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
Hamilton Hall Auditorium on the UL Lafayette campus
611 McKinley Street, Lafayette, LA
The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is pleased to announce a concert of music from the Hungarian Roma (gypsy) tradition, further inspired by American jazz, to be given by the Kálmán Balogh Cimbalom Trio on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm in Hamilton Hall Auditorium (room 108), 611 McKinley Street in Lafayette. Tickets are $10 (free for University students, faculty and staff, as well as all children under 18), $5 for seniors. General admission tickets go on sale at 7:00 pm; no advance ticket sales. Pay parking (credit or debit card only) is available in surface lot behind Earl K. Long Gymnasium; entrance on Girard Park Circle, one block from Hamilton Hall.
Kálmán Balogh Cimbalom Trio represents the dynamic merging of music from the old and new worlds. Balogh continues a fabled European musical tradition harking back to the collaboration of masters like gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, connecting ancient folk music traditions of Central and Eastern Europe with the chord progressions and swinging rhythm of jazz.
Kálmán Balogh is one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom players, descending from a long line of Hungarian Gypsy musicians. A graduate of Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest, he has completed many tours throughout the world with various ensembles, including well over a dozen tours in North America. 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 hands, the cimbalom can do both simultaneously. His mastery of this unique and rare Hungarian folk instrument mesmerizes audiences.
Robert Lakatos, a viola and violin player from Slovakia, is steeped in classical music training and played with important classical orchestras, but always gravitated toward folk and world music. He plays in several groups ranging from classical to folk and jazz genres. Robert’s band, the RÉV, has become a popular band in Hungary and Slovakia. Bassist Csaba Novák is one of the most versatile bass players in Hungary, familiar with gypsy style, klezmer, folk music, jazz and world music.
To see video excerpts of the trio playing their music, click here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnf7CFx5XvR85UJXPZe3oZQ/videos
This program is made possible by funding from the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music and the UL Lafayette Concert Committee. Additional support for this tour is being provided by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York. The Center is dedicated to promoting Hungarian culture and increasing the awareness of the cultural resources of Hungary to the North American public. The Center is funded by the Bálint Balassi Institute, Budapest.
Music of the Roma people of Europe (sometimes known as gypsies, Travelers, tsigan, zigeuner, and other names) holds a significant place in the history of Western music as well as in the contemporary world music scene and popular culture. Their music figured prominently in the work of master composers such as Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, and Bela Bartok; Bartok also collected Hungarian folk music and transcribed it in painstaking detail. Contemporary music and life of the Roma has been depicted in well-known films such as Latcho Drom and is heard in widely disseminated recordings from the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt to Bulgarian wedding music by Ivo Papasov to flamenco rumba by the Gipsy Kings.
The history of the Roma people is as fascinating as their music, and a long one that begins with their exodus from India to Europe in the Middle Ages. They are somewhat unique in their status as a diaspora minority without a perceived homeland, and the internal diversity of the group is complex. “This is a rare opportunity to hear live Hungarian Roma music in an intimate acoustic setting,” says Mark DeWitt, a professor of music at UL Lafayette and current holder of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. “We hosted another group that the Hungarian Cultural Center sent us a couple of years ago, and they wowed a sold-out audience.”
The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on traditions that have developed in Acadiana. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to earn a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music as well as a Music Minor with a Traditional Music emphasis. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.
New B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music
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