Parno Graszt (meaning White Horse in Romani language as symbols of purity and freedom) is not just another Gypsy band from Eastern Europe playing traditional Gypsy music... Parno Graszt is a massive blast of energy which totally shook the world when their first record Hit The Piano got in the TOP10 of World Music Charts Europe in 2002.
Ever since, the irresistable vitality of the 9-piece family mezmerized many around the world. Songlines Magazine considered them as ’The Source of Gypsy music’ while BBC drove the attention to their simple rural life in an up-close documentary.
After four records and years of touring in Europe, India and the USA, Parno Graszt was selected to showcase at WOMEX 2009, the foremost international summit of world music professionals. As Peter Gabriel owned RealWorld Records appraised,
‘we loved as they kept on singing out in the crowd after they finished their set and the stage was being cleared – a great moment of spontaneity.’
Indeed, at their concerts there is no band, there is no audience – there is one unified festive gathering. Whether they play in their backyard or in front of 10,000 people the same buoyant energy vibrates in the air.
"They do not use sources of Gypsy music, they are the source itself." – Songlines
"One of the best gypsy bands I've seen in a long time." – Edinburgh Gypsy Arts Festival 2008
"This Hungarian gypsy troupe certainly knows how to turn a gig into a party." – The Herald
"Parno Graszt was a complete discovery for the Estonians who were jumping all around at the rythm of the music. Even the band was amazed by such a warm Baltic atmosphere." – Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Estonia
"Parno Graszt totally shook the city and people will be talking about it for quite a while." – Boyan Bogadiyev, Lotus Festival, Bloomington, IN
"I had heard Parno Graszt on record, but they rocked my world live!" – Jordan Peimer, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA