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The 100 Member Gypsy Orchestra
From: 2013.12.30 To: 2013.12.30
How many gypsies does it take to make an orchestra? 100. Or at least that's how many it takes to make the best orchestra in Hungary (if not the world). On the penultimate day of the year, The 100 Tagú Cigányzenekar (The 100 Member Gypsy Orchestra) fill Budapest's Congress Centre and play breathtaking traditional gypsy and Hungarian music. The orchestra was founded in 1985 when Sándor Járóka, the most famous gypsy soloist at the time, passed away. At his funeral, the musicians who had come to pay their respects started to play together and, from this improvised moment, the wonderful orchestra was born. Though they play across the country at different events, it's the December 30th gig which is their most famous, enthralling and energetic.