Nationally reknowned Cleveland based group plays the music of Eastern Europe. Featuring vocalist Beata Begeniova & Walt Mahovlich on accordion
Harmonia presents the traditional folk music of eastern Europe, ranging from theDanube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this region:Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy. Performing onauthentic folk instruments, and styled after turn of the century East-EuropeanGypsy bands, their music is their music is drawn from both urban cigányzene andrural folk sources of Eastern-Europe.The ensemble’s performances evoke the fullrange of human emotions; interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulfulmelancholy and nostalgic yearning.
The six-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass,violin, panflute, and cimbalom, the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer.Capturing the emotion, depth, fire and passion of Eastern Europe; Harmonia’srhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied. Themusicians come from varied East-European backgrounds, finding a commonmusical language in Harmonia.
Their technical brilliance only adds to Harmonia’s breathtaking performances -solos coupled with soaring violin lines, haunting flute and accordion solos andsoulful vocals - are a joy by any standard. In addition to being polished performers,Harmonia’s members are adept at explaining their music and culture - the ensembleis equally at home on the concert stage and in academic or workshop settings.
The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds; in Harmonia theyhave found a common musical language. Harmonia brings to the concert stage thevitality and excitement of the music that inspired composers such as Bártok,Brahms and Lizst. Whether performing in these traditional settings or in concerthalls, Harmonia’s members stay close to their roots.