May 31, 2012 7:00 PM
Finnish and Czech Gypsy Music
CONCERT. Finnish and Czech Gypsy Music.
Anette Åkerlund Group
Raklorom & Ivan Gyokeny
with Ivan Gyokeny, violin; Petra Gelbart, voice and accompaniment; Rafael Rosa, guitar
Romani songs from the Czech Republic - voice, violin, guitar and piano
Petra Gelbart is a Romani musician, scholar and activist from the Czech Republic and a part-time member of the internationally known Romani-Jewish ensemble Via Romen. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and currently leads the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University. She has written for both scholarly publications and the popular press in English and Czech. She has taught Czech to Americans, Romani to Czechs, and music to young people from eight months to eighty years.
Rafael Rosa is a master's student in jazz at New York University.
Ivan Gyokeny was born in in Czechoslovakia, where he finished music school. He then studied violin in Budapest under the tutelage of his uncles, the famous Gabora brothers. He has enchanted audiences with Romani music, classical compositions and evergreens. He presently resides and performs in New York City.
Anette Åkerlund (b.1982 in Kirkkonummi, Finland) is a folk musician from Finland and this year she will be graduating from the Folk Music Department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. From a very early age onwards Anette has been listening to the traditional Finnish Gypsy songs as her grandparents sang them a lot. Moreover, her parents have been singing and playing traditional gypsy music and gospel music of their own.
Anette started taking piano lessons at the age of eight and she is currently preparing a piano concert for Sibelius Academy that has to do with the styles of flamenco piano. In addition to singing and playing flamenco, Anette also practices flamenco dancing. In fact, while attending the school of Esperanza Fernandez in Seville for flamenco singing in 2010-2011, she also took instruction in flamenco dancing. In addition to gypsy songs and flamenco singing she sings gospel music, in both Finnish and English.
Free admission with suggestetd donation $20
Organized in cooperation with the Finland Center
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
May 31, 2012 7:00 PM