Tue, May 23rd

Cimbalom Unlimited: Album Release Concert


Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:15PM
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

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If available, more tickets are available at door

"Cimbalom Unlimited" Album Release Concert - Miklós Lukács, Eric Harland & Harish Raghavan

The Trio behind Cimbalom Unlimited was established in 2016 on the initiative of bandleader and extraordinary musician Miklós Lukács, with the cimbalom in focus. Their debut album features two of his excellent partners, Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland, both iconic figures of international jazz. Lukács has met both musicians in the ensemble of living jazz legend Charles Lloyd, a group of musicians in which he is involved himself. Their first record was released in 2016 under the Hungarian label BMC Records and has received rave reviews so far. Some of these include:


London Jazz News

Jazz Halo

The Trio represents a brand new color on the international jazz palette: elements of Hungarian folk tradition, contemporary music as well as jazz can be found in their output. These traces appear swirling in their repertoire, composed by Lukács, in perfect symbiosis. To quote his words, “My agenda with this project was to show as many voices and colors of the cimbalom as it already has, and to present that it is an instrument of the 21st Century. I wanted to summon the past to portray the present and to observe the future with the aid of my own musical thoughts.”


This very exclusive American album release show will feature amazing jazz bassist Harish Raghavan in place of Larry Grenadier.

Miklós Lukács

Miklós Lukács is one of the best-known cimbalom players today. His unique style is inspired by contemporary classical music, jazz and folk music from his native Hungary and the Balkans. In 2006, he started his own project, the Lukács Miklós Quintet, and has also composed music for plays, chamber orchestra, solo pieces and concertos for cimbalom. He has performed with musicians including Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Chris Potter, Steve Coleman, Herbie Mann, Uri Caine, Chico Freeman, among others. Lukács has performed as a soloist with several renowned orchestras (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the ORF Symphony Orchestra, etc.). His playing is distinguished by a keen sense of musical structure and exploring novel options of playing the cimbalom, making it into a diverse instrument of contemporary music.


Eric Harland

Multi-Grammy Nominated Drummer, Eric Harland is the most in demand drummer of his generation. He has already been on close to 200 recordings at his age of 36. Eric has been recognized in the Boston Globe, New York Times, JazzTimes, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz, The New Yorker, DownBeat, L’uomo Vogue and other prominent publications. It has been his privilege to share the stage with masters such as Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, MyCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover, Bill Cosby and many others, as well as todays up and coming artist like Esperanza Spalding, Jane Monheit, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Stacie Orrico and so on.

Harish Raghavan

After arriving in New York in 2007, bassist Harish Raghavan has begun to make a name for himself among the rising stars of his generation. Raghavan has played/toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, among others.