Tcha Limberger – violin, voice
Toni Rudi Senior – brac
Toni Rudi Junior – double bass
Laments, Czardas’ and Szaporas from the Transylvanian region of Kalotaszeg
A world travelled trio showcasing specifically the folk music played by Gypsies in a small region of Transylvania with a universally respected cultural heritage. The three main repertoires played are Hungarian, Romanian, and Gypsy (a mixture of both).
Limberger was introduced to this style through local music camps, learning dances with music workshops on the three core instruments of the style, violin, bass, and brac. He was taken under the wing of celebrated violinist Neti sandor, the biggest name of his generation who taught Tcha the repertoire.
The trio features a highly regarded rhythm section, Toni Rudi Snr on Brac (Neti Sandor’s accompanists for 20 years) and Toni Rudi Jnr on bass.
This music is little known and I will play it as it is meant to be played. It follows the lives of many from baptism to the grave. It celebrates their communal existence and brings people together in the community of Kalotaszeg
Rudolf Toni (Rudi) is the youngest member of three generations of a famous Kontra player dynasty from Kalotaszeg,Transylvania.
Kalotaszeg has a strong tradition of music, it is part of everyday life and is famous for its beautiful melodies and folklore dancing.
Rudi started playing music from an early age, starting with the guitar and very soon moving on to the Kontra, following in his fathers footsteps. Family and tradition are very important to him
Rudi has toured around Europe with Fodor Sandor ‘Neti’, the Csuros, the Mera Gipsy and the Nadar Gipsy band for over 15 years. He is an all-rounder, plays kontra, bass and guitar and is happiest when performing the music of his ancestors on stage.
He divides his time between Hungary and London where he lives with his musician wife Krisz.
The polymath virtuoso Tcha Limberger is the king of gypsy music
SUNDAY TIMES UK
music as natural as breathing
Tcha Limberger seems to be made entirely out of music
THE OBSERVER UK
music straight from the soul
LONDON EVENING STANDARD UK
full of energy and pathos
SONGLINES – UK
Tcha Limberger’s voice reaches heart breaking qualities
a Hajnali csillag ragyog
Busulni soha sem tudtam
En vagyok a falu rossza