Mário Biháry a Bachtale Apsa
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Mario Bihari and Bachtale Apsa, 2010



History and detailed information about Mario Bihari and the band:

Since its inception in 2010, the band has played on several dozens of concerts. Among them, for example:

Greece, Thessaloniki-Champions Club - concerts in 2010, 2011
Khamoro, final event, Prague 2011
JAGORI - International Roma Music Festival, Oslo, Norway 2012
Algiers - International Festival of the EU, 2011
IRAF-International Roma Music Festival, Bucharest, Romania 2011 and 2012
Munich, International Festival of the EU 2010
Munich, Czech Centre - concert in 2010
Paris, International Music Festival of the EU, 2010
Luxemburg, International Music Festival, 2010
Luxemburg, the Czech Centre - concert 2010

Mário Bihári is exceptional Roma singer, pianist, accordeonist and clarinetist. He gained fame via long collaboration with a singer Zuzana Navarova in the KOA band, but in recent years he is establishing himself as an independent musical personality, which shines especially in the field of Roma music.

He is blind from eight years, attended elementary school in the Slovak Levoca, then studied at the Jan Deyls´ Prague Conservatory. In 1998 he became a member of the KOA, musical formation around extraordinary singer Zuzana Navarova.

After the death of Susan Navarova in December 2004, Mário became the principal author of the KOA band, that published the album KOA in 2006 and two years later the album called Well for us. Bihari songs made up
more than 50% of the repertoire.

Documentary film "People in the shade" (director Ladislav David), that was premiered in 2011, presented the person of Mario Bihari. The film won favour of moviegoers and the document was bought by Czech Television.

Since May 2012 Mário Bihári and Bachtale Apsa cooperate with The Artists 4 Children on musical - educational workshops for children living in socially excluded localities in the Czech republic and
Slovak Republic. The project called "Children behind the wall" got the support from the Ministry of Culture and will continue next year as well.