Sunday, September 26
The Black Sea Roma Festival featuring
MAHALA RAI BANDA (Romania)
SELIM SESLER & THE NY GYPSY ALL-STARS (Turkey)
TECSOI BANDA (Ukraine)
THE YURI YUNAKOV ENSEMBLE (Bulgaria) and
Presented by The Center for Traditional Music and Dance, World Music Institute and NY Gypsy Festival in association with SummerStage
Sponsored by The National Endowment for The Arts, The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and The Trust for Mutual Understanding
New York's Roma/Gypsy concert of the year! This very special outdoor show will feature four 45-minute sets from a host of today's leading international musical talents. Tickets are free until the venue fills up; make sure to arrive at Central Park when doors open so that you'll be able to get in and find a seat!
Making their US debut, the wild, twelve-member Roma band Mahala Rai Banda comprises the creme de la creme of musicians from the famed Clejani and Zece Prajini Romanian villages, home of Taraf de Haidouks and Fanfare Ciocarlia respectively. Combining power and finesse, groove and virtuosity, Mahala's music is sonically located where Balkan brass meets sizzling strings for up-tempo, catchy melodies propelled along by funky brass riffs, accordion and cimbalom.
The great Turkish Rom clarinetist Selim Sesler, called "the Coltrane of the Clarinet" by the Guardian UK and famed for his masterful improvisations, funk-driven wedding songs and dance melodies, will be joined by the NY Gypsy All-Stars and Ismail Lumanovski, who Time Out New York called "an adventurous, modern-minded frontman leading his band through a varied terrain of Balkan, Turkish and Romany selections, spiked with jazz and Western styles."
Tecsoi Banda is a raucous family fiddle ensemble making its US debut. The band's music provides a rollicking ride through the Carpathians. The ensemble, which starred in the recent film The Last Kolomeyka, serves up a multi-ethnic mix of spinning dance tunes, magical improvisations and haunting shepherds' laments.
Ranging from the intensely personal sound of a Gypsy sax solo to the dizzying polyrhythmic beat of Bulgarian wedding music, the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble is one of the newest and most engaging bands on the world music scene.
DJs Wonderlust mixes Gypsy, Balkan, Slavic and Folk club sounds from all over the Eastern Europe and the globe creating an energy, beauty and madness guaranteed to lift your heels off the ground.
* There will be a Bulgarian and Turkish Roma dance workshop from 1:30pm to 3pm on site.
3:00pm Yuri Yunakov Ensemble
4:00pm Técsöi Banda
5:00pm Selim Sesler and the New York Gypsy All-Stars
6:00pm Mahala Rai Banda
at Central Park SummerStage
69th Street and 5th Ave
Doors 2pm, show 3pm - 7pm
Rain or Shine
FREE TO THE PUBLIC - $10 Suggested Donation
Tickets available only at the door - First Come First Served
Facebook Event Invite
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