The gypsy trio PIROSKA
The gypsy band PIROSKA specialises in musically embellishing cocktail parties, marriages, dinner parties, anniversary’s, gatherings of all kinds, …
The musicians play their music amongst the audience or amidst the tables at a banquet. By doing so they easily grant musical requests and favourite melodies of the guests.
Different kinds of musical styles are played, from Russian, Hungarian and Rumanian folk music to Viennese waltzes, tangos, French chanson, musical and film melodies, hot jazz, evergreens …
- De basic line-up consists of three musicians: violin, accordeon and double bass.
- Other possibilities are: duo, quintet, violin solo …
To the trio can be added: a cimbalist and/ or a guitarist. Other possible instruments are: piano, klarinet, …
- For those in favour of the Hot Club de France style of Django Reinhardt & Stéphana Grappelli, there is our Gypsy Jazz band AMARO SWING.
Without amplification (or with)
In general the band performs without any amplification so the music is never too loud and people can still hear themselves talk. Because the musicians keep moving about amongst/ between the gathered guests everyone is able to enjoy the music from nearby and express their musical wishes.
If necessary though, the instruments can be amplified with a wireless sound system, the advantage being that while the musicians maintain their mobility they can now be heard in a much larger broader space radius.
Concerts & podium performances, marriage church masses,
The gypsy trio PIROSKA can also be booked for podium performances, concerts and marriage masses.
The origin of the band
Nick, the violinist who started the band plays the violin since he was 7 years old.
“As a child I got acquainted with a family of Hungarian gypsy musicians. When I was 9 years old I played along with the gypsy ensemble of Miklos Hoszu, a cymbalist who had fled his country during the Hungarian resurrection of 1956. He finally arrived in Antwerp where he opened a restaurant just opposite the opera house. He gave me my first violin lessons. Later on I got teachings from Jancsi Hoszu, the primasj of that band”.
Some years later Nick got a proper classical training with Dejan Mijajev, then a docent at the Antwerp conservatory.
“The so called gypsy swing jazz of Django Reinhardt is still one of my favourite musical styles. Its a mixture of many influences wherein rhythm, syncope and improvisation play a very important role. This musical style is very accessible for us Westerners because of strong American Jazz influences from the twenties and the thirties.
The authentic gypsymusic from Transsylvania for instance is much less accessible for us due to the use of quarter tones that do not exist in our tempered tone system and the impair metrics/ measures such as 5/8, 7/8; 9/8, etc.”
A long tradition
In Hungary and the surrounding Central European countries, gypsy bands have a long tradition in livening up parties and celebrations. The music that is played is always meant to please audiences, make people sing and dance or just entertain them gently during diner. This implicates that a lot of musical styles will be brought in harmony with the wishes and musical taste of the audience present.
With the gypsy trio PIROSKA we want to uphold and continue this tradition.
The musical excerpts
The musical excerpts were mostly recorded live during parties and concerts. No studio tricks were added. This way the recordings enable the listener to get a proper idea of how the band may sound in live party conditions. (wyhiwyg)
The Jazz combo AMARO SWING
For Gypsy Jazz lovers (as played by Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli) we have the “AMARO SWING” quartet: a typical Hot Jazz band to which an accordion has been added. This brings an extra French flavour to the Gypsy Jazz and allows for playing Swing Walse, a cross over between French musette and American Swing.
AMARO SWING can also be booked as a quintet (with a second guitar) or as a trio (without the accordion).
We performed at:
Alta Ripa I en II
Abdij van Nizelles
Bossenstein golf & poloclub (Broechem)
Le Plaza Brussels
Cannes Mipim (world’s leading property market)
Casino van Oostende
Casino van Koksijde
CC St Pieters Woluwe
Château Bayard (Eghezée)
Château de Jemeppe (Hargimont)
Château de la Rocq (Arquennes)
Château de Modave
Château de Petit-Leez (Gembloux)
Château Dubiez (Pecq)
Château de Deulin (Fronville)
Château du Mylord (Ellezelles)
Château de Rouveroy
Cruiseship “The World”
De “Night of the Proms” (VIP tent)
De Montil (Affligem)
Domaine de la Chartreuse (Gosnay, France)
l’Hermitage Gantois (Lille)
Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Kasteel De Wittenburg (Wassenaar)
Kasteel de Hoogenweerth (Maastricht)
Kasteel van Heers (’t Witfeest)
Kasteel van Rhoon (NL)
Kasteel van Ruysbroek
Kasteel van Brasschaat
Kasteel van Moerkerke
Kasteel van Saffelaere
Koningin Elisabethzaal (Antwerpen)
ProefMei Cultureel Culinair festival (Bergen op Zoom)
Salons De Groene Jager (Brasschaat)
Salons De Marquette
San Marco Village (Schelle)
Serviceclubs: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary …