Donald & Anicet Heller
The Hurdy-Gurdy Band was formed in 1979 when Donald Heller (NY, USA) travelled to Budapest, Hungary and married Anicét Mikolai. Since then, they have performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. In 2000 they were joined by their sons, Gaspar (spinnet) and Julien (violin).
From the very beginning, The Hurdy-Gurdy Band has been as concerned with traditional performances that combine music and theater.
Using techniques inspired by the Commedia dall' Arte troupes of the Renaissance and Baroque, their performances place their music into its original context as experienced by audiences in the early part of the 18th Century in Paris and London. Donald and Anicet Heller continue the nine hundred year tradition of the Hurdy-Gurdy duo.