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Harmonia - Gypsy Jazz / Nighttown







Sunday, June 16 - Harmonia at 7 p.m.

Tickets $20 per person.  See below for special Music Cleveland! discount pricing**

Six- piece all-star group of international stars playing Folk & Gypsy Music from Eastern Europe!  Featuring: Walt Mahovlich-accordion, Alexander Fedoriouk-cimbalom, Beata Begeniova-vocals, Jozef Janis-violin, Andrei Pidkivka-pan flute, sopika (folk flute), and Branslav Brinarsky-acoustic bass.

Harmonia web site (click here)

Drive down the right street in a metropolis like Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Chicago, in former steel towns like Youngstown or Lorain, OH, and you’re likely to miss it. But stop in front of a simple hall or church, open a nondescript door and go down the steps, suddenly you’re in another, unexpectedly rich world, a party that transports you to a village in rural Ukraine, a café in Croatia, or a black-tie ball in 1930’s Budapest.

A crowd of people dance csardas or kolo or kolomyjka. The crush of people around the musicians sing lustily along to Evo Banke, Cigane Moj. A customer at a table gestures and the band walks up to play a favorite hallgató like Piros Rózsák Beszélgetnek. A circle of dancers stretches around an asphalt parking lot as the strains of Hora din Bucovina fill the night air. A mix of languages hits your ear: the language of the new world and the old country, side by side. A vibrant culture is alive and well, nurtured in communities who have kept their treasure of tradition - and kept it living, breathing, and, most importantly, dancing.

The chain of events triggered by the fall of the Berlin Wall produced a new wave of immigrants from Eastern Europe in the 1990’s. Accomplished traditional musicians also joined this migration. These newcomers renewed the links to the wellsprings of the tradition, breathing new life into an already rich culture, and ensuring that the music and dance would continue for generations to come.

Harmonia is part of this tradition, and has long savored our connections to the overlooked pleasures and celebrations of immigrant and heritage communities in the U.S. Uniting the old and new immigrations, Harmonia brings this world to the stage. - Walt Mahovlich

Sunday, June 16th at 7 p.m. in the fabulous showroom.

*** Tickets $20A 50-percent discount for Music Cleveland! Just $10! Reservations limited first 12, all others will pay the full $20.

The first 12 members posting a RSVP will be added to the discount admission list and held at the door.  When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly.

Please note, the number will not be increased beyond 12 as we expect this very special concert to sell out.  We will have a waiting list just to make sure that all of our allocation is filled.

WHO: Harmonia

WHAT: East-European Gypsy

WHEN: Sunday, June 16 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE: Nighttown

DINNER: 5 p.m. or later

WITH: Music Cleveland!

Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill, just west of Fairmount)
Cleveland Heights,[masked]
Map to Nighttown

DINNER: Nighttown – arrive from 5 to 6 p.m. and order Prime Rib, a Dublin Lawyer or maybe a Bloom's Burger smothered in grilled mushrooms! – eat before or during show or just enjoy a drink. (Dinner purchase not required).

When you RSVP your name will be added to the VIP List for prime seating right up front.  Our VIP list will be held at the door.  When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly.  Both are, of course, considered confidential.  Then your name will be added to the VIP list!

You may receive an invitation to join the Nighttown e-magazine list as well.  If you don’t see the questions (if reserving via smartphone) please email this information to the organizer.

If you are not at Nighttown by 10 minutes before the show, your reservation may be given away to others waiting for a seat.  If we know that you’ll arrive late, we will do our best to hold a seat for you.  And, we do expect you to sit with the group at all events.

PARKING:  There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets.  There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar.   It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.

Reservation policy:  Your RSVP is a firm commitment to attend an event.  Honoring this reservation is especially important when attendance and discounts are limited.  If you must cancel your reservation, please do so as early as possible.  For cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the event, please do two things: update your RSVP and notify the organizer directly via email on this site.

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Harmonia's music is intense, driving, lyrical roots music from Eastern Europe, with a repertoire drawing on Gypsy, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn traditions.

Harmonia presents the traditional folk music of eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this region: Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy. Performing on authentic folk instruments, and styled after turn of the century East-European Gypsy bands, their music is drawn from both the urban and rural traditions of Eastern-Europe. The ensemble's performances evoke the full range of human emotions; interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning. They have been called "obscenely talented" by the Folklore society of Washington D.C. and "a musical gem" by National Public Radio. The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds; in Harmonia they have found a common musical language. Harmonia brings to the concert stage the vitality and excitement of ethnic weddings, celebrations, and smoky cafés that inspired composers such as Bartok, Brahms and Lizst. Whether performing in these traditional settings or in concert halls, Harmonia's members stay close to their roots.

The six-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, panflute, and cimbalom (the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer).  Capturing the emotion, depth, fire and passion of Eastern Europe; Harmonia’s rhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied.  The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds, finding a common musical language in Harmonia.  Their technical brilliance only adds to Harmonia’s breathtaking performances – dizzying cimbalom solos coupled with soaring violin lines, haunting flute and accordion solos and soulful vocals - are a joy by any standard.  In addition to being polished performers, Harmonia’s members are adept at explaining their music and culture – the ensemble is equally at home on the concert stage and in academic or workshop settings.

Brilliant. Lush. Dazzling.." raved SingOut! Magazine.










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  • Diane Y.

    Harmonia-Gypsy Jazz were amazing. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know those in attendance.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a nice show. I liked it.

    June 17, 2013

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