No, this isn’t Ron Jeremy

It’s Ferenc Santa, Jr., the virtuoso lead violinist and Artistic Director for the Hungarian National Gypsy Orchestra, who blew through Ljubljana Saturday afternoon for a concert on the central Preseren Square. A fantastic concert – a foot-stompin’ and hip-swayin’ good time had by all.

Founded in the mid-1990s, the orchestra’s far-reaching repertoire includes classical compositions to traditional Roma music, and quite a few things in between. There are quite of few performances on the web. A good place to start is on the Slovenian blog GLASBAtorij, which has video and recordings of a rehearsal posted just prior to the orchestra’s visit here a year ago. I’ve got about a dozen more pics here.

Saturday’s concert was part of a full evening slate to celebrate Radio Student‘s 41st anniversary. Happy birthday y’all!

Hungarian National Gypsy Orchestra 04, originally uploaded by pirano.

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