The V4 Castle Garden concert tour kicked off on 13 October at Castle Garden Bazaar. Artists from the Visegrád countries take over Bazaar Eclectica on Fridays until 15 December. The next concert starts at 8 pm on 8 December. Our local performer is Kálmán Balogh, who, as an acknowledgement of his diverse cimbalom music and his openness in terms of genres, played in concerts and recorded with internationally renowned bands and musicians such as Hungarian Muzsikás, Jánosi, Ökrös, Téka, Méta, Zsarátnok, Vízöntő, and Vasmalom, Swedish Orient Express, British Transglobal Underground, Spanish Berregüetto, American Peter Ogi, Dutch Sultan, and the Joel Rubin Jewish Ensemble. He recorded Hungarian dances by Brahms with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1994, and toured with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra. He participated in several other productions with István Mártha, the Budapest Ragtime Band and Béla Szakcsi Lakatos. In 1985, he became Young Master of Folk Art, and received an EMERTON award in 1999.
Our guest from abroad is Anna Maria Jopek and Kroke. Anna is a vocalist, songwriter, improviser, and a passionate visionary. She was only three years old when she first recorded a song for the Polish Radio. At the age of seven, she began her musical education in a piano class, and at the age of twelve, she performed at the Warsaw Philharmonic. Anna records and tours all over the world with the most outstanding artists of our times, has performed at the world's most renowned concert halls, and has won every prominent Polish music award possible, including the Knight's Cross Order of Polonia Restituta conferred by President Bronisław Komorowski for promoting Polish art worldwide.
This magical merger of AMJ’s style and Kroke’s music is a clash of two opposite but extraordinary worlds of sensitivity and sound. Their music evokes the influence of many cultures and brings the past – refers to traditional music as well as future uses innovative technics and form and color. Their own style that borders ethno roots, jazz, classical, klezmer music and even electronica is almost beyond any defining style.
Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. For registration, please, send an email to V4concerts@hungarofest.hu.