25th Linzer Pflasterspektakel: July 21 - 23, 2011
International Street Art Festival

Estás Tonné is a modern day gypsy troubadour. He was born in the former USSR where he trained in classical guitar for 6 years. After finishing music school, he went to live in Israel with his family and did not pick up a guitar again for 11 years.
Estás arrived in New York in 2001 with the intention of finding his true path. It was here that he rediscovered his passion to play guitar. Teaming up with the already established violinist virtuoso, Michael Shulman, he played across New York throughout 2002.

After recording his first CD, Estás went solo and hit the gypsy roads. He has since been traveling and performing around the world, playing street concerts in the USA, Mexico and Europe, developing and refining a unique, diverse style that is shaped by the encounters of his journey. His music is exuberant, timeless yet inventive. It transcends cultural differences, speaks across generations, and inspires the heart of humanity.

In old times, traveling musicians spread the Light through their music and storytelling. Because we all have a choice, I choose to live my life in accordance with this timeless tradition. - Estás

Estás plays a nylon 6-string acoustic guitar, using a remarkable finger picking technique that combines solo, rhythm and a continual walking base line, and amplification to create a powerful, reverberating sound. He plays his guitar as an orchestra in one instrument. His music explodes with passion and life, weaving elements of gypsy, classical, latin and rock to create a harmonious array of shifting melodies and emotions. At times his music is uplifting and joyous, at other times sad and melancholic. Always it is inspiring, magical, intoxicating and mesmerizing.

Over the last 5 years, Estás has captured a strong, underground following through performing street concerts and at festivals, clubs and other venues around the world. Since 2003 he has sold over 25,000 CDs and has 6000 fans in his contact list.

Estás is an extraordinarily gifted musician and storyteller, whose music flows from the heart and soul, with an alluring presence that appeals to a wide audience.

This year, the Pflasterspektakel, one of Europe`s largest street art festivals, celebrates its 25th anniversary. More than 400 artists from over 40 countries turn the city centre of Linz into a unique setting for international street art with great sophistication, including object and improvisation theatre, music of all kinds, dance, circus artistry, high-wire and fire acrobatics as well as clownery and comedic performance art.

Performances are presented every hour on the hour in the various performance zones, the Pflasterspektakel worlds: the old part of the town, the so-called Altstadt, Promenade -- Herrenstraße --Spittelwiese, Pfarrplatz and Domgasse, Main Square/Hauptplatz, Landstraße as well as various inner courtyards.

The day's programme including exact performance locations and times is updated daily and available at the infopoints, by newsletter or can be downloaded when the festival starts (Thursday: 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 2 p.m.).

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