Visit Eastern Europe with Harmonia.
A multi-cultural group of master musicians from several countries performing on authentic folk instruments, Harmonia presents the virtuosic and passionate traditional 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 their music is drawn from both urban cigányzene and rural folk sources of Eastern-Europe. The ensemble’s performances evoke the full range of human emotions; interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning. 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.