Bagázs charity night - Parno Graszt, Besh O Drom

On this night organised by the Bagázs Common Interest Community you can support a fantastic work that helps the socialisation and education of gypsy people while you can listen to two fantastic gigs, one by the famous Parno Graszt band which is the best intepretator of authentic Hungarian Gypsy music, and the Besh O Drom group playing fantastic world music inspired by the music of the Balkans and Gypsy folk music.

Parno Graszt

“As I enter the pub, I smash the piano!” This is nothing but the first line of the first song on the first album by the Parno Graszt, which has become since its release in 2001 a hit, that has been quoted at meeting of good friends: head turned down, hands up in the air, fingers smack and legs starts dancing in a crazy tempo.

Those who have been to Parno Graszt’s concerts before know what this is about, and who haven’t should definitely come to their gig, to get this point, where this band prepares to give its greatest party ever. „Ez a világ nekem való” (This world suits me”) is the title of their third album coming out in November, with which they prove again, that they do the most to keep the authentic Hungarian gypsy traditions alive in a merry and loud sense.

At this jubilee concert the twelve-member Paszabi Dance group will feature dances from Szatmár. The evening will feature special guest musicians: Pál István "Szalonna" (violin), Unger Balázs (cimbalom), Makó Péter (tárogató) and Palazsnik László (viola). The greatest curiosity of the evening will probably be the background screening of the 50 year old archive video made in their native village Paszab, which presents the musicians’ parents and grandparents dancing and singing.

Parno Graszt was formed in 1987 at the Szabolcs county’s Paszab village. Its members aging from ten to seventy-seven are all gypsy. Parno Graszt means White Horse in gypsy language, where white means clarity and horse means freedom. Since then they have performed in Germany, Luxemburg, Holland, Norway, Russia, Austria, France and Switzerland with enormous success.

In 2003-2004 the Hungarian Television on the request of the BBC  made a documentary film on them, which was shown on many of Europe’s state channels.

Line up
Oláh József: vocals, guitar, tamboura
Balogh Géza: vocals, guitar
Jakocska János: vocals, guitar
Horváth Sándor: vocals, guitar
Oláh János: vocals, double bass
Németh István: bucket, mouth bass
Balogh Mária: vocals
Váradi Mária: vocals

Besh O droM

The futuristic wedding band Besh o droM is a 10-piece electroacoustic collective, combining ethnic folk roots, driving beats and wild jazz improvisation to spectacular effect. Their sound exemplifies the vital creative energy that is flourishing throughout the region and fusing east and west in myriad new ways.

Band members
Gergő Barcza: sax
Ádám Pettik: percussions
László Békési: sax, clarinet
József Csurkulya: cimbalom
Attila Sidoo: guitar
Péter Tóth: trumpet
Tamás Zsoldos: bass
Dr. Csaba Talabos: tapan

Discography
Macsó hímzés, 2000
Nekemtenemmutgatol!, 2002
Gyí!, 2004

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