Sun, June 30th

Parno Graszt & Eszter Biro

gypsy world music TICKETS

Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:30pm
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door


Parno Graszt


Parno Grazst 

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

 



 

 

Eszter Biro

 Estzer Biro


Eszter is a versatile performer who is acknowledged as a singer, film and musical actress in Hungary. Her major success includes the female lead role of the Hungarian – Polish movie A Miracle in Cracow, Christine on the Hungarian premiere of Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera and singing as lead vocalist of the well-known Budapest Klezmer Band.

Her career started at the age of 16 with the title role of Miss Saigon performing the lead over a 100 times. That was followed by the female lead role of Dorian Gray performed in London. In 1997 she won the first prize of The Youth Eurovision Festival in Croatia. After graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York she played Mary Magdolene on the tour of Jesus Christ Superstar among many others. 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 stepped out of Budapest Klezmer Band and created her own projects.

In 2007 her first world music record called Ezter had been released on which she creates her own musical world in singing Jewish folk songs from different parts of the world in unique, electro-acoustic arrangement in 8 different languages. Her recent record with Eszter Biro Quintet called When will that happen? was released at the end of 2009. Her first solo DVD of her full-house record debut concert performed in Pecs Synagogue in May 2010 on the Day of Peace will be released next spring.

At the age of 33 next to her performing career Eszter owns a music publishing company and is a happy mother of two little children.





 




“Presented in collaboration with support from the Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center in New York.”