"There are halls in Heaven that open their gates only to the voice of song."
“I’ve found you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light.”
- John Coltrane
Nigun was founded by Andras Parniczky guitarist and composer in 2001. Uniquely in the European jazz scene, the formation originates its music from the Eastern European Jewish traditions. Although Nigun’s music can be best labelled as "Klez-jazz”, the creativity and spontaneous spirit of its musicians are also very significant, as well as their attempt to combine different genres. Which we can enjoy on their newly released album titled Lebedik at the Budapest Jazz Club.
Nigun often works together with guest musicians, as their third album Bale Kulturnik (2006), featuring the Israeli saxophonist Daniel Zamir (Satlah).
In the same year, members of the group participated in John Zorn's Cobra performance in the Palace Of Arts (Budapest, Hungary) under the direction of Zorn himself. Since 2007 multi-reedist Matt Darriau (Klezmatics, Paradox Trio) has been a recurring guest of Nigun just like Miklos Lukacs, cimbalom (Hungarian folk dulcimer) artist. They also shared the stage with Don Byron, Frank London, Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob), Mihaly 'Dudas' Dresch and Daniel Szabo.