LIve in concert with cimbalom virtuoso Nicolae Feraru.
The musicians are all class by itself and its being doubled by their unusual charisma.
NewCity says Megitza Quartet is: the most impressive to come out of Chicago.
The band is fronted by Malgorzata Babiarz - also an upright bass player - with her strong voice and a Polish Highlander, Gypsy soul; Andreas Kapsalis -an exceptional guitarist of a Greek descent, who uses a unique technique of finger tapping and incorporates his guitars body as percussion instrument, together with Marek Lichota - a Polish bayan virtuoso, and all backed by an excellent innovative drummer Jamie Gallagher of an Irish/Italian descent, who uses a hybrid multicultural drum set.
With their high energy stage presence Megitza Quartet offers its audiences an insurmountable dose of adventure where even without knowing the language anyone can be captivated by their songs , that give a pinch of inspiration, a smile, and a tear
- Chicago World Music Festival
- Lotus Festival in Bloomington
- Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago
- Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
- Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago
Quotes and press:
[..] this is the kind of music people cant help but get up to dance to. Seeing them live is reminiscent of a gypsy performance—chaotic, soulful, and stirring.
"World music for the new millennium.
Kurt Weil meets Edith Piaf, meets Stephane Grappelli, meets Erik Satie, meets the Megitza Quartet."
- Jim Tullio, Grammy Award Winning Composer and Producer
"There is nothing as terrifying as witnessing the reincarnation of old prophet's soul in a voice of a young artist."
-Osvaldo Golijov, Grammy Award Winning Composer
Their debut album "Boleritza"(2008) features a Gypsy violin virtuoso Roby Lakatos, also known as "the devil's fiddler."
The group is currently recording a new album of original compositions and traditional melodies, that's to be released in 2010.
Malgorzata Babiarz - vocal, upright bass
Andreas Kapsalis - guitar
Marek Lichota - bayan (button accordion)
Jamie Gallagher - drums and percussion
with special guests:
Roby Lakatos - Virtuoso, Gypsy Violinist
Krzysztof Zubek - violin
Tim Sandusky - clarinet, vocals
Black Bear Combo - on "Boleritza" track