József Balázs - Piano
Elemér Balázs - Drums
Guszti Balogh - Vocals
Lajos Sárközi - Violin
Vilmos Oláh - Cymbal
György Orbán - Double Bass
+ permanent special guest Tim Ries - Saxophone
"Mostly heard in recent years with a combo that played slick variations on the Rolling Stones songbook, saxophonist Tim Ries hits … with a new band that lives up to its name" - Time Out
EAST GIPSY BAND represents an exciting fusion format for creating unique and captivating music. Its members are highly respected representatives of jazz and Roma world music. Accordingly, theirs is an adventure with the traditions of Roma music filtered through the sensibilities of jazz.
Their debut album Ageless Message was released in May 2011, featuring the great saxophone player Tim Ries, who invited the band to tour with him the East Coast of the United States and Canada. The tour included the cities of Philadelphia, New York City, and Toronto (Koerner Hall) as a guest of Joe Lovano. In May 2012, the band played in Brussels (Music Village), London (606 Club), and Paris.
A second American-Canadian tour, scheduled for January 2013, provided a prime opportunity for these exceptional musicians to bring their unique mix of tradition and innovation and their interpretation of the treasures of Hungarian and Central European Roma culture to a broader international audience.
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