We want to thank you for the massive support you have shown to the 2010 edition of the NY Gypsy Festival, making it a great success all around. More than 5,000 people attended the seven shows from Sept 24 - Oct 3 and The Black Sea Roma Festival in particular, which was held at the grounds of SummerStage in Central Park, was the highlight of the 2 week program. Most of the shows took place at the relaunched Drom in the Lower East Side and we will be back at Drom for many shows in the coming months.
Here is a clip from the Black Sea Roma Festival at SummerStage show; Romanian brass band Mahala Rai Banda singing "Mahalageasca"
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2010 Press: "Year after year, the NY Gypsy Festival remains one of New York’s most consistently exciting concert series." - LUCID CULTURE BLOG
"It’s impossible to pick just one highlight of this excellent bill of Gypsy music, but the newsiest is Mahala Rai Banda, a Romanian group making its American debut." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"New York Gypsy Festival celebrates music inspired by people on the move … already billed as the largest Gypsy music event of the year" - NJ STAR-LEDGER
"Last Friday, genre-bending electronic/Celtic/Bhangra/dub group Delhi 2 Dublin brought their high-energy, culture-blender show to Drom in New York City as part of the New York Gypsy Festival." - MTV IGGY
"Leavening boisterous horns and drums with Euro-pop sass, Bucharest's Mahala Rai Banda headlines the sixth annual New York Gypsy Festival's afternoon-long cornerstone concert." - VILLAGE VOICE
"NY Gypsy Festival returns for sixth season." - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
"Editor's Pick." - NY DAILY NEWS
The cultural inheritance of Gypsy/Rom music is both vast and complex. When you speak about "Gypsy music" you are drawing from a diaspora of countries and ethnicities where centuries-old history goes hand in hand with new innovations. The challenge for us, every year, is to keep up with the tradition's constant reinvention while not forgetting its roots. In in our sixth year programming The NY Gypsy Festival, we believe we have risen to the challenge.
From traditional wedding music to contemporary dance electronica, from the influence of Gypsy music in Flamenco to big bands, from a celebration of the work of the legendary Django Reinhardt to the music of the Black Sea Region to an unlikely Celtic/North Indian fusion with Gypsy ancestry, from a tall ship to Central Park to the Lower East Side; we believe every show in The sixth annual NY Gypsy Festival is a can't-miss performance.
Please join us and take part in the celebration of a proud peoples' culture. Whether the music is new to you or you are a longtime fan, you will be welcomed with open arms.
Serdar Ilhan & Mehmet Dede NY Gypsy Festival Producers