Kálmán "Öcsi" Magyar
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Kálmán "Öcsi" Magyar

Kálmán "Öcsi" Magyar performs on Violin, Trumpet-Violin, Hurdy-Gurdy, Kontra, Accordion, Viola, Guitar, Bass, Jew's Harp,Vocals and more.

The noted American musician steps out of his usual role as ambassador of Hungarian village music to show off not only his musicianship but also his diverse musical interests, in a recording of Hungarian, Romanian, Balkan and Gypsy songs. Kalman performs all the parts on this studio recording, and impresses throughout.

Quick step from Moldavia
Pajdusko (Bulgarian)
Turkish Delight

Kalman Magyar also performs with Alexander Fedoriouk on Crossing Paths and is a member of the New jersey based ensemble Életfa

About the artist
cd cover Kalman is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music's Preparatory Division, where he studied violin, viola, piano and bass guitar for eight years with teachers such as Stanley Bednar. He continued his musical development while attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, joining his sister, Ildi, and performing with the world-famous Tamburitzans, traveling the United States and Canada for four years, performing the dance and music of Eastern and Central European nations. Kalman plays a variety of genres of music (folk, jazz, pop, classical) on over 20 musical instruments and has performed at venues such as B.B. King's Blues Club (New York), Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Bitter End (New York), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), Symphony Space (New York), and Elbow Room (New York), and has played at the Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention (Toronto), Millrace Festival (Cambridge, Ontario), Flower Festival in Debrecen (Hungary), Budapest Spring and August 20th Festivals, and the South American Hungarian Folkdance Festival in Caracas, Venezuela.

He is a founding member of the Continental Dance Orchestra, a "wedding band" which plays American and Hungarian dance music, plays keyboard and violin for a New York-based rock band, Equinox, teams up with Canadian musicians to play Croatian music in the band Skitnice, and plays regularly with DalamDougou formed by Raul Rothblatt. Kalman has performed with a number of other groups, including the Okros Ensemble, Kalman Balogh Gypsy Band, Mark Morris Dance Group, Harmonia, Cheres, Beyond the Pale, and Zlatne Uste. He has written music for and appeared on CBS's national "Sunday Morning" television show, has performed live on WNBC TV and WQXR Radio in New York, and recently composed and played on a soundtrack for a short film called "Haunted." Kalman has appeared on a number of CDs that have enjoyed success in lands as far away as Japan, and has releasaed his first solo CD, "Exposed." Kalman is a litigation attorney in Florham Park, New Jersey, and resides in Rockaway, New Jersey, with his wife, Beatrix Magyar-Nagy.

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