The NY Gypsy Festival 2009 Announces Music Program

ny_gypsy_festival_2009The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its fifth annual performance schedule with one of the most diverse lineups of its history. The Festival kicks off on September 11 with what promises to be a raucous non-stop dance party from two of the City’s most impressive and exciting Roma-influenced ensembles: Zlatne Uste Brass Band and Luminescent Orchestrii.

The festival moves to South Street Seaport on September 12 for a sailing cruise around Manhattan that offers a full-length performance from The Sway Machinery, featuring members of Balkan Beat Box, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire and Antibalas and a global gypsy party with beats from DJ Pepe.

Unconventional, international fusion is the order of the night on September 18, as New York’s own Hazmat Modine share the stage with Hungarian folk-punk- pop band Little Cow.

On September 25, legendary Turkish clarinetist Barbaros Erkose plays a rare stateside set with the NY Gypsy All Stars, with very special guest performers Frank London on trumpet and Ilhan Erşahin on saxophone.

The Festival comes full circle with the final show on September 26, featuring the New York debut of Rhythm Of Rajasthan, traditional folk music from India, the birthplace of the gypsies.

The cultural inheritance of gypsy music is both vast and complex," say Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede, NY Gypsy Festival Producers. "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: to give equal consideration to venerated legends and fiery upstarts, the urbane to the rustic, to Gypsy jazz and Gypsy punk alike.

In this, our fifth year programming the NY Gypsy Festival, we are extremely proud to say that we have achieved such balance. From the roots of the Romani people in India to the Hungarian pop charts; from an American indie rock super-group to an internationally acclaimed Turkish clarinet virtuoso; from refined and contemporary post-bop jazz to riotous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink celebrations; every show in the NY Gypsy Festival’s 5th year anniversary is must-hear music. We offer you the culture of a people and hope that you welcome them, as we do, with open arms.”


Friday, September 11
Zlatne Uste Brass Band and Luminescent Orchestrii
Co-Presented with Balkan Cafe
at Hungarian House, located at 231 East 82 Street
Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 8:30pm
$15 adv (via, $20 at door
The fifth anniversary of The New York Gypsy Festival kicks off with a double header from two bands that re-defined the local gypsy and brass music scene.

Saturday, September 12
Gypsy Boat Party with The Sway Machinery and DJ Pepe
aboard The Clipper City Tall Ship, boarding at Pier 17, South Street Seaport
Boarding at 9:00pm, Boat Leaves at 9:30pm, Docks at 12:30am
$35 (via, Tickets are available at Pier 17 night of show
Friday, September 18
Little Cow (video) + Hazmat Modine (video)
at City Winery located at 155 Varick Street
Doors at 10:00pm, Show at 10:30pm
$15 adv (via, $20 at door

Friday, September 25
Barbaros Erkose with the NY Gypsy All Stars
and special guests FRANK Frank London and Ilhan Erşahin
at Lafayette Grill, located at 54 Franklin Street
Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
$15 adv (via, $20 at door

Saturday, September 26
Rhythm Of Rajasthan: Desert Caravan
Co-Presented with World Music Institute
at Symphony Space, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:00pm
$30 (via

Buy the Zlatne Uste Brass Band recording No Strings Attached.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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