• April 10, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $21 advance | $26 door

If your notion of Eastern European folk is limited to fiddle-driven village music and big brass bands, get ready for something entirely different.

Founded in 1995 in Szentendre, a small town near Budapest, Söndörgő’s sound is driven by the tambura, an instrument akin to the mandolin that is often accompanied by wind instruments and accordions. The music, called tamburitza, derives from the Slavic folk music originally collected by Béla Bartók and Tihamer Vujicsis as they traveled among the communities along the Danube River. Comprising four brothers, plus a bass player they’ve known since high school, Söndörgő has been called “one of the most exiting bands in Europe, and a constant performer at festivals around the globe. The band has attracted rave reviews at WOMEX, WOMAD, Roskilde, the Barbican Center, and other acclaimed venues. Said the London Evening Standard “Their music sparkles with virtuosity and foot-tapping joie de vivre.” The most recent album, Tamburocket, topped the European World Music Chart for four consecutive months. They’ve collaborated with the famous Macedonian saxophonist Ferus Mustafov, and toured internationally on a double bill with the legendary Amsterdam Klezmer Band.

Sondorgo invites you to discover the delicate beauty and fizzing power of an entirely different Balkan sound. “Come,” they say, “dance the cocek, drink a palinka, and then get dizzy on the extraordinary rhythms of Söndörgő.”

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