Ride the White Horse

Parno Graszt, in Romani, means “white horse,” a symbol of purity and freedom in Hungarian culture. The band that uses this name takes its moniker seriously, using acoustic guitars, tamboura, the double bass, and various kitchen implements including spoons, a milk jug, and a water can to create the freest, most pure music they can.

Parno Graszt’s first album, 2002’s Hit the Piano, charted at Number 7 on the European World Music Charts. The band, which combines original compositions with the traditional Gypsy folk songs of northeast Hungary and Romania, toured France and is now embarking on a worldwide 20th anniversary tour to promote its new disc, This World is Made for Me. Parno enthusiasts know that when the band docks here at the Musical Instrument Museum they’ll be expected to join the group in its many audience-participation numbers and, perhaps, to join them up on stage.

Sat., July 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 25, 2:30 p.m., 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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