Concert of Paraszta Pé with Forró Dance Teaching

October 29, 2015 - 19:00 - 20:30
Oktober 6. u. 7
Oktober Hall
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Concert of Paraszta Pé with Forró Dance Teaching

Paraszta Pé is not a Hungarian folk band.  Nor is it a Brazilian folk band. Pablo Lerner (Argentina) and Danny Bain (USA) met serendipitously in Hungary in 2010, when each were separately but simultaneously playing "Asa Branca" - the unofficial anthem of northeastern Brazil - in the Budapest Metro, hoping to receive a few forints from the passing commuters.  After exchanging a few words in Portuguese, they discovered that they had both spent time studying music in the same region of Brazil.  Thus, Paraszta Pé was born. Since forming the band, Pablo has developed his own approach to playing the Hungarian hurdy gurdy--using it to imitate the sound of the Brazilian rabeca, a folk violin.  Danny, who first used traditional Brazilian percussion as accompaniment, has since become enamored with the Transylvanian ütőgardon, a percussive cello, and has been exploring the possibilities of playing more Afro-Brazilian rhythms on this unusual instrument.

"We don't play csárdás and we don't play forró.   simply take our beautiful Hungarian folk instruments, and give them new life with our experiences in northeastern Brazil.  In this way, we are creating a new sound for traditional music.

We recorded our first CD, entitled Paraszta Pé, in the summer of 2013.  In keeping with our itinerant musician roots, we prefer to distribute it personally, and have aggressively avoided widespread success.  The name of the band is a composite of the Hungarian paraszt (peasant) and the Portuguese arrasta pé (a fast dance), and represents our offer of a simple, rustic, and seductive musical experience."

Dance teacher: Ronaldo Magalhaes (Brazil)

Admission is free!