My husband's got this gypsy thing. He sits alone with a guitar whenever he can, picking through brisk Django licks he can never quite catch up to. When he isn't doing that, he's studying the history of Gypsy jazz, browsing the Web and listening to music that trips fantastic through a centuries-old gold mine of musical traditions, from the compositions of Bartók to the jazz-folk fusion of Jewish klezmer.
Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos is the modern-day living gestalt of all the mystery that absorbs my hubby. The fiery virtuoso descended from a long line of innately talented gypsy musicians, and the wavy-haired, mustachioed Lakatos looks and plays the part, dashing off tunes both modern and classic in front of a troupe performing on cimbalom, guitar, upright bass, piano and violin. This, folks, is totally drop-dead fascinating, whether or not you're obsessed with gypsy.
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He'll perform with the Roby Lakatos Ensemble tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue; for tickets, $25 to $55, call 303-357-ARTS.
Thu., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.