• Kalman Balogh

I almost forgot to tell you about this, but tonight Hungarian cimbalom master Kalman Balogh brings his Gypsy Swing Trio to Martyrs’. But better late than never, because this isn’t a show to ignore.

For years Balogh has led a larger band that adapts the so-called Gypsy jazz developed by guitarist Django Reinhardt for his own instrument—the cimbalom is a sort of eastern European hammer dulcimer. I know that for some folks any kind of dulcimer just makes them think of guys playing for tips at farmers’ markets or craft fairs, but Balogh’s lightning-fast attack and almost liquid improvisations make it abundantly clear he’s from another world entirely.