Tim Ries & The East Gipsy Band from Budapest
EAST GIPSY BAND represents a new color on the Hungarian music scene, as well as in world music. Its members come from first-rank jazz and gypsy musicians. Their music is an adventure within the traditions of Roma music with a great spin on jazz. Improvisation and characteristic features of jazz are central to their music.
The band, formed by József Balázs - who himself is one of the most talented piano players of the young generation, having played with Erik Truffaz, Stephane Belmondo, Bobbie Watson, Charlie Mariano, Robin Eubanks, and Steve Houben, among others, - plays well-known French, German, Italian, Hungarian and Roma tunes with unique scoring.
The jazz band consists of József Balázs on piano, Lajos Sárközi on violin, Krisztián “Toggle” Lakatos on double-bass, Vilmos Oláh on cimbalom, Gábor Bolla on saxophone, and Elemér Balázs on drums, with Gusztáv Balogh singing.
Their debut album was released in May 2011, also featured tonight's star, the great jazz saxophone and keyboard player, Tim Ries.
Fall 2011, the band played in the finest jazz clubs of New York City (Drom, Smalls) and Toronto (Rex), among others, on a short Northern American tour. In May 2012, they performed in capital cites of Europe: entertaining audiences in Music Village, one of Brussels’ and the jazz worlds most important jazz venues; the 606 Club in London; and the Hungarian Institute in Paris. Audio/video Clips Artist Official Website