"This CD is a further milestone in the band's passion for experimentation. The music of Gipsy Cimbalom Band is a 'great meeting' of different musical genres. The ensemble search for those association points, through which it is possible to interpret what might seem from many other points of view diverse music. Due to the high level of their technical ability with their instruments their imaginative ideas are effortlessly realised on these selections. The compositions are not mere reconstructions of pieces from each source area since the music, like Gypsies, crosses boundaries and the band manages to find unexpected combinations and juxtapositions. These traditional tunes merge seamlessly in the hands of the accomplished musicians as they swerve from style to style, constantly improvising around the main theme. This music is no longer ‘traditional’ but universal. Frequently on one piece the music of just one nation is played, as on, combining standard Romanian folk dances 'doina' and 'sirba'. Likewise a characteristic Transylvanian Gypsy dance, and the, which originates from Moldavia.
This band is guaranteed to put a spring in the step, bring a smile to the face and refresh the appetite of even the most jaded musical palette. After extensive touring through Europe and North America in recent years, in 2003 they step forward once more onto the world stage with a new programme and accompanying CD. Humour and irony, often self-referential, are evidently theirs, without which their music surely could not be genuine. Besides, virtuosity, a firm grounding in classical music studies, love of jazz and knowledge of and respect for different peoples' music are common denominators for the musicians of Gipsy Cimbalom Band. These elements are combined to provide a special musical experience for the listener."
"Kálmán Balogh plays the cimbalom, an activity resembling someone spanking a small piano's innards with a pair of elongated shoe horns. If that sounds unwieldy, it's not. The Liszt Academy graduate employs a light virtuosity which, with his group's three fiddlers, one doubling on trumpet, guitar and bass, produces a highly mobile musical Cook's tour. Moldavian, Macedonian, Romanian, and Bulgarian tunes, a hint of tango, flamenco and klezmer all feature alongside a fiddle excursion into birdsong and finger-shredding brilliance. Another find. I'm running out of gold stars."
01. Vizesés szirba - Waterfall Sirba
02. Reggeli kávé - Morning Coffee
03. Briul Lui Hacsaturjan
04. Keserédes kávé - Bitter-sweet Coffee
05. Cigány körtánc - Gypsy Round Dance
06. Sánta ördög - Lame Devil
07. A titkosügynök szerelme - The Secret Agent's Lover
08. Karaván - Caravan
09. Csillagok, csillagok - Stars, Stars...
11. Lisa, Lisa
Kálmán Balogh - cimbalom
László Major - violin
Sándor Budai - violin, voice
Ferenc Kovács - trumpet, violin
Sándor Kuti - guitar
Csaba Novák - double bass
János Láng - violin
Csaba "Brunner" Váradi - viola