Aquire an Authentic Taste of Central European Roma Culture with the Rajko Ensemble @ Johnny D’s: September 15th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.
Listen to the Rajko Ensemble.
The ensemble’s website is mostly in Hungarian.
Prior to 1952, the only real place for a professional gypsy musician to perform for a living was in a local drinking establishment. But then a native Hungarian with big dreams came along and changed all of that. Gyula Farkas established the now prestigious Rajko Music School of Romani performing arts in order to professionally train young gypsy musicians and dancers from the tiniest remote villages in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and the Ukraine. Only a very select group of young people are invited to Budapest to come study at this very special school from the tender age of eight until they are eighteen or nineteen years of age and well prepared to perform as members of professional ensembles of all sizes in the best of entertainment venues all over the world. The key to the students’ success, especially with respect to their amazing technical proficiency, is a constant exposure to an extensive training regimen centered around their natural inate ability to improvise music.
A major product of the Rajko School is the highly acclaimed 50 member Rajko Orchestra. Of course, there will not be nearly that many musicians on stage at Johnny D’s, but rather a small eight piece chamber group. Each and every member is a true virtuoso on the specific instrument which they play and some of them have been performing together for vitually 20 years or more! They will be bringing Roma traditional music of 19th and 20th century central Europe to the Boston audience, soley on authentic instruments matching both the appropriate time period and culture, so you know you are hearing the real deal here in its purest form. This premier folk ensemble has played in the most well-known and respected entertainment settings all over the world, performing for enthusiastic crowds in Europe, Australia, the Far East, and both North and South America. They have also accompanied the performances of top solo artists and dance companies, appeared on national broadcasts both on radio and television, and recorded an impressive number of cds. This highly revered ensemble has not appeared in the US in a very long time, which makes this particular performance all the more special for Boston area listeners.
21+ (Exceptions are made for some shows during the week or early evening on the weekend – call in advance)
When: September 15th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Johnny D’s (Davis Square)
Tickets: $16.00 (Purchase online here)
More Info: 617-776-2004 (Inquiries regarding upcoming shows, the restaurant, and the dinner reservations policy)