Two high profile Hungarian acts, Parno Graszt and Eszter Biro, are currently touring the northeastern United States. Parno Graszt is a vibrant 9 piece Gypsy act. Eszter Biro delivers a fusion of styles in ancient Jewish melodies sung in many different languages.
Parno Graszt will perform at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Monday, July 1st. Alongside Folklife, Parno have performances Thursday, June 27th at the Patterson in Baltimore with special guests Orchester Prazevica; Friday, June 28th at The Atlas in Washington D.C; and Sunday, June 30th at Drom in New York City, headlining a mini-festival.
Parno have played throughout the world from the Amsterdam Roots Festival, The Sziget Festival in Budapest, and Gypsy Arts Festival in Edinburgh, to WOMEX, Skirball Cultural Center and the prestigious Smithsonian Folklife Festival in D.C at the Kennedy Center.
Eszter Biro will perform today Wednesday, June 26th at Folklife at the Kennedy Center. 6PM-8PM and Sunday, June 30th at Drom in New York City. She played at City Winery in New York on June 24th with Frank London to a packed audience.
Eszter is a renowned singer who started out very early in her career with film and musical acting. She developed her love for Jewish Music, singing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish). Eszter takes the listener on a journey from Hungary to the Middle East, Persian Gulf and to the shores of the Indian Ocean along the desert to the Mediterranean.
Eszter Biro’s career started at the age of 16 with the title role of Miss Saigon performing the lead over a 100 times. In 1997 she won the first prize of The Youth Eurovision Festival in Croatia. Biro graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Back in Budapest she had the chance to perform with the legendary Al Di Meola.
After gaining 6 years of experience and major success in touring through Europe with traditional Klezmer music, she parted ways with Budapest Klezmer Band and created her own projects.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.