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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Tcha Limberger & His Budapest Gypsy Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead. October 2

Tcha Limberger (violin & vocals), Feher Istvan (cimbalom), Lukás Csaba (clarinet), Olah Norbert (brac), Ruszo Istvan (violin) & Vilmos Csikos (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Peter Ninnim).
Manouche multi-instrumentalist Tcha Limberger grew up on Django. At six he began to play guitar, he has long since attained virtuoso status. At a comparatively late age (all of seventeen) he decided to learn to play the violin. In next to no time Limberger was more than proficient, in fact, a virtuoso.
Tcha Limberger arrived at Sage Gateshead to fulfill the final date on a nationwide tour. A receptive Sage Two audience greeted the Belgian and his Budapest Gypsy Orchestra with enthusiasm. Some had heard Limberger on a previous visit, others were new to his music. The evening began with one noticeable absentee – the indisposed cellist Szegfu Károly – as the band elected to perform as a sextet.
Sage Two’s exceptional acoustics didn’t escape the ear of Limberger and the band played entirely without amplification (Vilmos Csikos’ double bass included) and no requirement for a PA system. The engaging Limberger spoke in impeccable English, his voice clearly heard throughout the hall, and sang in, no doubt, perfect Hungarian. A clever man is Tcha Limberger!             

Hungarian musicians advised Limberger that he would never be able to fully appreciate a music alien to him, a language he didn’t speak. Undeterred, our violin virtuoso decided to learn the language! On stage at Sage Gateshead, the Belgian-born musician led his Gypsy Orchestra as a fully paid up member of Budapest’s music fraternity. A master violinist, a tenor voice of unbridled passion, Limberger’s assimilation of the nuances of a nineteenth-century musical form, hitherto a foreign culture to him, impressed not only the Gateshead audience, but also his Hungarian comrades. Song titles weren’t announced; Limberger’s assertion that all of them were about universal themes – love, heartbreak etc – met with a collective nod of approval. Spectacular cadenzas, effortless, swashbuckling solos, Tcha Limberger had it all.

Standing in front of Feher Istvan’s cimbalom, our Manouche bandleader turned variously left to invite the seated clarinet master Lukás Csaba to rise and unleash unbelievable solo contributions, the speed of which defied eyes and ears; then to Feher to breeze across the many hundreds of strings of the cimbalom. Csaba elicited the cry: Bravo! Feher received thunderous applause. Dazzling and dizzying, each and every number captivated those in attendance. Limberger drew our attention to the work of Olah Norbert. Sitting to Tcha’s right, the role of the brac instrument, we learned, is central to the music. Continuously in action, the viola, as known to Western audiences, took on a new dimension! Double bass player Vilmos Csikos deployed unamplified, lower register bowing throughout. This was a Sage Gateshead master class from all concerned. The virtuoso sextet deservedly won an encore. Until next time…                                 
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. It was a wonderful concert - full of passion and musical dexterity - it didn't matter that we couldn't speak Hungarian ..... the emotions overflowed from the stage!

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