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Khamoro Praha 2017:            Program                Performers                Other events

Performers

Prague will soon host the 19th annual KHAMORO World Roma Festival, which has made a name for itself among all of the well-attended festivals in Prague. KHAMORO (“Sun” in Romanes) brings contemporary and traditional Romani music here annually, including top Gypsy jazz players, many workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, theater performances, a défilé (parade) by performers through the center of Prague, and many other special treats. In addition to groups from seven countries around the world, during the course of the festival 20 amateur and professional ensembles from the Czech Republic will perform as well. The festival will take place from 28 May – 3 June 2017.

This festival is a favorite not just in the Czech Republic, but also with music lovers from abroad. Annually more than 10 000 people travel to Prague for it. The best-loved parts of the festival doubtless include the concerts of traditional Romani music and world-famous Gypsy jazz, which will be performed each evening in various parts of the city. The organization of the festival, since 1999, has been undertaken by the non-governmental, non-profit organization Slovo 21, z. s., and by Studio Production Saga, s. r. o. The festival is happening under the auspices of Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman and Mayor of Prague Adriana Krnáčová.

The festival begins on Sunday, 28 May at 19:00 with a concert by Jan Bendig, whose unmistakable voice will be heard singing outdoors on Shooters’ Island (Střelecký ostrov) in Prague. His guest performers will be Markéta Konvičková, Elis, and Monika Bagárová. Entry is free of charge, so all you have to bring is your good mood.

 

GYPSY JAZZ

CHRISTIANO GITANO/Germany

Christiano GitanoHe started playing guitar at the age of seven, and very soon he fell in love with two seemingly unrelated music styles – flamenco and Gypsy Jazz. Currently, together with his band, which consists of pianist Winfried Schuld, double bass player Harald Becher and percussionist Uli Krämer, he is presenting to his audience a very special mix of flamenco and Gypsy Jazz.

 

 On Monday 29. 5., Jazz Dock, 21:00

 Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 280 / on the spot CZK 330

 

 

 

NITCHO REINHARDT trio/Germany

Nitcho Trio

The young Roma guitarist from Verdun (France), Nitcho Reinhardt, is very often called “the whiz kid of Gypsy Jazz”.  He has found himself some new band members (guitarist François Gozlan and double bass player Thierry Chanteloup) and started working on his guitar skills even harder, an effort that is paying off in the rapidly growing number of invitations he receives for different gigs around Europe.

 

On Tuesday 30. 5., Jazz Dock, 21:00

Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 280 / on the spot CZK 330

 

 

TRADITIONAL ROMA MUSIC

 

ČESKO-SLOVENSKÁ CIMBÁLOVÁ KAPELA VILIAMA DIDIÁŠE/CZ&SK

didiasViliam Didiáš, the disciple of the legendary Slovak violin virtuoso Rinald Oláh, who received his first violin at the age of three, will introduce his temperamental Czechoslovak cimbalom band at Khamoro! Viliam has performed, for example, in the band Gipsy.cz and also played the lead role of a Roma violinist in the play "Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven“ at the JGT Zvolen Theater in Slovakia.

On Thursday 1. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Cimbálová kapela Viliama Didiáše/CZ-SK , Fuego y Fragua/ESP, Parno Graszt/HU, Siniša Stanković Orchestra/SRB)

 

FUEGO Y FRAUGA/SPAIN

3 kopieFlamenco, the main aspects of which are singing, music and dance forms that have their own rules and traditions will be brought to the festival by the Spanish group Fuego y Fragua. The ensemble has already performed in half of Europe and the United States on its musical tours. Members of the band, who have so far evolved as individual musicians, singers and dancers, met for the first time onstage in 2015.

On Thursday 1. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Cimbálová kapela Viliama Didiáše/CZ-SK , Fuego y Fragua/ESP, Parno Graszt/HU, Siniša Stanković Orchestra/SRB)

 

PARNO GRASZT/HUNGARY


parno grasztParno Graszt means “white horse“ in the Romany language. In Roma culture, white is a symbol of purity and the horse is a symbol of freedom. The band was founded in 1987 in Paszab, Hungary, and since then has had several successes. For example, their debut album Hit the Piano reached number seven on the World Music Chart in Europe in October 2002. The Hungarian-language edition of the BBC produced a music documentary about the band in 2004 and they also reached the finals in Hungary’s “A Dal” national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.

On Thursday 1. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Cimbálová kapela Viliama Didiáše/CZ-SK , Fuego y Fragua/ESP, Parno Graszt/HU, Siniša Stanković Orchestra/SRB) 

 

SINIŠA SANKOVIĆ ORCHESTRA/SERBIA

 

sinisaSiniša Sanković, a master of the trumpet, was born in the Romanian village of Zaguzanje, a place with no more than 500 inhabitants but 12 active orchestras whose members make their living performing music. There is practically not a single person there who doesn’t have some experience with some sort of brass instrument. The orchestra was founded in 1992 and among the hundreds of Serbian orchestras ranks among the best, as evidenced by the prestigious awards the orchestra has received at the Surdulica and Guca trumpeter festivals.

 

On Thursday 1. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Cimbálová kapela Viliama Didiáše/CZ-SK , Fuego y Fragua/ESP, Parno Graszt/HU, Siniša Stanković Orchestra/SRB)

 

ESMA’S BAND NEXT GENERATION/MACEDONIA

2This music group used to accompany the world-famous Queen of Roma Music, Esma Redzepova, now returns as Esma's Band Next Generation to continue where the popular Macedonian singer left off. They have traveled almost all over the world and they return to Khamoro for a great success for the third time.

On Friday 2. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

 Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Esma’s Band/MK, Taraf de Haïdouks/RO, Greg Demeter’s Moscow Gypsies/RU)

 

GREG DEMETER’S MOSCOW GYPSIES/RUSSIA

5 kopie

The members of Greg Demeter's Moscow Gypsies belong to famous Russian artistic families and are considered among the best in traditional Russian Romani music and dance. The band originated in 2000 and has since represented Russia at music festivals, played in a number of films and recorded several CDs.

On Friday 2. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

 Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Esma’s Band/MK, Taraf de Haïdouks/RO, Greg Demeter’s Moscow Gypsies/RU)

 

TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS/ROMANIA

6 kopieThis band from the Romanian town of Clejani has nine CDs and three movies to their name,  appearing, for example, alongside Johnny Depp in the movie The Man Who Cried. Not just thanks to ethnomusicologists, whose attention was attracted by Clejani as early as the interwar period, this Romanian cimbalom band is now known all over the world.

 

On Friday 2. 6., Palác Akropolis, 19:00

 Tickets at Ticketstream.cz: presale CZK 250 / on the spot CZK 300 (Traditional Roma music concert: Esma’s Band/MK, Taraf de Haïdouks/RO, Greg Demeter’s Moscow Gypsies/RU)

 

 

The closing gala concert, at which all seven bands will perform again, will begin, as is traditional, on Saturday, 3 June at 20:00 at the SaSaZu club in the Holešovice quarter of Prague.