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The "Free Style Orchestra" consisting of 21 members is a chamber orchestra that was founded by János Nagy, composer and Máté Pálhegyi, flautist. The formation, as its name indicates, aims at transgressing traditional genre borders. The wholly traditional string orchestra together with a normal quartet is extended by "classical" woodwinds which, if necessary, can play instruments used in jazz as well.
The orchestra was created in order to complement the lack of a musical genre that is now furnished by them: a stylistically totally unbound interpretation which at the same time preserves the purest artistic values.
Tropical Transform Quintet is one of the most unique and inventive jazz bands from Hungary. In their compositions they commingle classical-romanticism with explosive power and excellent technique. Their music gives plenty of space for exploration in the realms of Latin, crossover-jazz or Hungarian folk music, remaining all along within the field of contemporary jazz.
You can always recognize musical telepathy among this five people, improvising with lyricism, passion, and virtuosity. In the years to develop their own sound they have mixed in elements of many roots of modern jazz like Michael Brecker, Michel Camilo or Joey Calderazzo while this organic style is based on their sophisticated taste and played with special talent and joy. Gábor 'Egg' Horváth - Piano Péter Jelasity - alto and soprano sax Márton Eged - bass Attila Gálfi - drums Dániel Redõ - percussions
How can man forget Barbro?
Who already had the chance to see them years ago knows there's no way to forget them. The unique guitar-playing of Sándor Cziránku is grown out to be a school itself. He 'turbojets' his Robert Fripp-like inventions with the traditional elements of the Hungarian and Balkan folk music and also with rock.
Lately, on the vocals there's his best ever apprentice-follower: Miklós Both (guitar, vocals) playing his guitar and singing while moving around the stage mopping and mowing.The rhythm section had stayed the same throughout the years; Sándor Herpai (drums) and Tamás Zsoldos (bass) make it clear that still they are the best on their quarter.
And however the songs remained the same (augmented with the new material to be released soon), Cziránku's distinctive tapping runs on his double-neck 'SG'; the shaman-singing of Miki Both and the odd-even pulse of the rhythm section are ecstasizing everybody "Apacuka fundaluka, fundakávé kamanduka, abcug fundaluk, fundakávé kamanduk!"
Vodku v glotku
klezmer, folk, jazz from Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe
The Vodku v glotku band was founded in 1992. The dominant elements in the music of the band are pub songs from Odessa, Hungarian and Central and Eastern European folk motives, the Jewish music, the klezmer and polyphonic vocal music. This is mixed with the elements of jazz and other progressive musical styles. As a result, a musical world is created on the stage, which makes feel home Hungarian, Russian and Jewish people, as well as other nations inhabiting the Central and Eastern European region.
Béla Szerényi (hurdy-gurdy) says:
In 2002 my friend, eMeRTon prize-winner jazz piano player-composer János Nagy looked up Judit Kóta, because he needed a folk singer for one of his productions.
As it turned out, János wanted to arrange some protestant songs. It was a matter of seconds to find the common note, and in addition to the singing the hurdy-gurdy also became part of the team.
Soon the record
„Szívemet Hozzád emelem”
(To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul)
was made. The songs that can be heard on the CD are, except for two, protestant songs of praise originating from Debrecen and Nagyvárad and dating from the 17th-18th Centuries. It is a special honour that we were allowed to use the writings of pastor Németh Pál in the booklet of the CD.
The Auer Quartet was formed in 1990 by students of the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Music Academy.Their tutors included András Mihály,György Kurtág,Ferenc Rados and Sándor Devich-a founder member of the Bartók String Quartet.The ensemble's name honours the world famous Hungarian violinist and tutor Lipót Auer ( 1845-1930).From that date on,they were regularly invited to attended the master courses of Amadeus Quartet held in London and in Semmering until 1995.
The Auer Quartet has won recognition at numerous hungarian and international competitions.