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Eszter Biro w/ Special Guest Frank London - 6/24
at City Winery New York City
Eszter Biro, the highly acknowledged Hungarian singer met Frank London six years ago in London. Since then her dream has been to perform with him, playing together from her own repertoire as well as creating new material with the Grammy Award winner trumpeter and composer.
Eszter is inspired by the Jewish musical tradition of the Eastern European heritage in which she grew up. She found her dream musical partner in the versatile composer, arranger, and musician Sandor Fodo. The ancient Jewish songs are sung in many different languages in her own unique interpretation, while the arrangements mix Hungarian and Balkan folk instruments with today’s technical influences. Her repertoire ranges from a Transylvanian folk song from the beginning of the 20th century to the ancient Aramaic melodies from a thousand year ago from Iraq.
Eszter‘s main performances include the concerts in Zaragoza World Expo, A38 Boat, Maribor Etnika Festival, Sopot Jewish Festival, in the Palace of the Arts, Budapest and many European tours with Budapest Klezmer Band as their lead vocalist. Her theatrical success as an actress 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 performances with Al Di Meola, and the world-famous Catalan street theatre La fura dels Baus.
Eszter’s music displays a unique fusion of styles, where the ancient Jewish melodies in Hungarian, Yiddish, Hebrew and Judeo-Spanish take you from Hungary to the Middle East, Persian Gulf, the shores of the Indian Ocean along the desert to the Mediterranean. On the journey you can find poems of Hungarian poets set to music by Fodo and newly written songs as well. Eszter’s band includes four exceptional musicians, Sandor Fodo who plays multiple instruments and arranged the program as well as composed new songs for Eszter. Nikola Parov, who plays several instruments as clarinet, kaval, gadulka, Bulgarian bagpipe, nickelharp, had toured with Riverdance for ten years in the US and back in Budapest composed two full-evening shows for the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. Peter Papesch is one of the best bass players in Hungary as well as Mate Hamori who is Eszter’s permanent guitar player. The band’s music sometimes sophisticated and intimate, but mostly it is cheerful, passionate, virtuoso and uplifting.
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ABOUT FRANK LONDON
Trumpeter/composer FRANK LONDON is a member of the Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave, and has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, Mark Ribot, Maurice El Medioni and Gal Costa, and is featured on over 100 cds. His own recordings include INVOCATIONS (cantorial music); Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars' DI SHIKERE KAPELYE and BROTHERHOOD OF BRASS; NIGUNIM and THE ZMIROS PROJECT (Jewish mystical songs, with Klezmatics vocalist Lorin Sklamberg); THE DEBT (film and theater music); THE SHEKHINA BIG BAND; the soundtrack to THE SHVITZ; the soundtrack to Perl Gluck's THE DIVAHN and four releases with the Hasidic New Wave.
His projects include the folk-opera A NIGHT IN THE OLD MARKETPLACE (based on Y.L. Peretz's Bay nakht oyfn altn mark), DAVENEN for Pilobolus and the Klezmatics, Great Small Works' THE MEMOIRS OF GLUCKEL OF HAMELN and Min Tanaka's ROMANCE. He composed music for John Sayles' THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and MEN WITH GUNS, Yvonne Rainer's MURDER AND MURDER, the Czech-American Marionette Theater’s GOLEM and Tamar Rogoff's IVYE PROJECT. He was music director for David Byrne and Robert Wilson’s THE KNEE PLAYS, collaborated with Palestinian violinist Simon Shaheen, taught Jewish music in Canada, Crimea and the Catskills, and produced CD's for Gypsy Ledgend Esma Redzepova, and Algerian Pianist Maurice el Medioni. He has been featured on HBO's SEX AND THE CITY, at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, and was a co-founder of Les Miserables Brass Band and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.
Sandor Fodo – percussion, drums, accordion, melodion, keyboard
Nikola Parov – clarinet, nickelharp, kaval, violin, gadulka, gayda
Mate Hamori – guitars
Peter Papesch – bass