While listening to this recording it is hard to believe that it was recorded over 20 years as it is still as fresh and clear as anything today!
Innovative and as fresh today as it was then, few others have come near the progressive arrangements of Vízöntő. Never losing sight of their Balkan folk roots this album stands the test of time.
01. Szeretem a szépeket / I love beauties
02. Nád Jancsi / Jancsi of the reeds
03. Kontyoló / Bun song
04. Kiszáradt a tóból / This lake's dried up
05. Tavaszi szél / Spring breeze
06. Botoló / Stick song
07. Katonakísérö / Soldier's burden
08. Sír az út elöttem / This road cries in front of me
09. Amerikás dal / America song
Károly Cserepes: keyboards, recorder, gardon, voice, percussion
János Hasur: violin, viola, Jew's harp, voice
Mihály Huszár: double bass, voice
Ferenc Kiss: koboz, violin, tambura, kaval, cow-horn
Kálmán Balogh: cimbalom
Perhaps the greatest musical surprises of recent years have been those musical experiments which approach the most beautiful songs of the treasure of Hungarian folk music in an unexpected way, that is, not with the accompaniments of authentic folk music, but rather within quite different musical environment. As a result, many musical phenomena have been accepted which might earlier have seemed inconceivable. Now we know that folk songs can be accompanied just as wonderfully by a stylishly composed jazz arrangement, in a similar way to world music, which gains inspiration from the instrumental traditions of other peoples and places emphasis on their spiritual affinity. The album ‘From Mouth to Mouth’ is sure to attract attention both in Hungary and further afield and bring yet more success to all those involved in the project.
02. Sem eső / No Rain Falls
03. Tűzugrás / Fire Jumping
04. Elmegyek / I'm Leaving
05. Jólesik / It Feels Good
06. Apókáé / For Grandpa
07. Anyókáé / For Grandma
09. Édes kicsi galambom / Sweetest Little Dove Of Mine
10. Gyújtottam gyertyát / I lit A Candle
11. Betlehem / Betlehem
12. Paradicsom / Paradise
Ágnes Herczku, Ági Szalóki, Szilvia Bognár - voice
Gábor Juhász - guitar
Nikola Parov - kaval, nickelharpa, low whistle, whistle, gadulka, gayda, bouzouki
László Mester - violin, viola, hit cello
Zoltán Kovács - double bass
András Dés - percussion
The outstanding Hungarian representative of jazz/world fusion music has this time mainly taken inspiration from the treasure of Hungarian music. Barabás Tamás's and Égerházi Attila's compositions were inspired by the paintings of the recently departed painter, Égerházi Imre. The Alföld, Hortobágy, the Transylvanian scenery and the other motives of Égerházi Imre has won a music interpretation. In a new step, among the writers we can find the names of the pianist, Kovács Zoltán along with the violin and trumpet player, Kovács Ferenc. Sipos András, one of the founders of the band, brings new colourful sounds on his percussions. Banai Szilárd, the young, talented jazz drum player fits more and more maturely to the face of Djabe. Kovács Zoltán, once again, proves his exceptional music knowledge, this time on an acoustic piano instead of on synthesizers. And in the case of Kovács Ferenc his violin skills shine on this record. His characteristic,Hungarian, "Rustic Baroque" play vitally determines the style of the CD. He is great on the trumpet, too, as Archie Sheep claims: "... he plays the trumpet like Miles Davis, while he is one of the best violin player of the World." Besides the excellent bass guitar playing of Barabás Tamás we must praise his writing, arranger and sound engineering works as well. Égerházi Attila assembled the vision in a genuine manner together with Barabás. His compositions and guitar playing has been fundamental again in the case of this 2003 Djabe production.
01. Táncolnak a kazlak (Sheafs are Dancing)
02. Tájak (Scenes)
A. Lengyelország felett (Above Poland)
B. Alkony a tengerparton (Sunset at the Seaside)
03. Hajdúböszörményi utcarész (Street Scene of Hajdúböszörmény)
04. Ház a dombtetõn (The House on the Hill)
05. Téli hortobágy (Hortobágy at Winter)
06. Hóviharban (In the Snowstorm)
07. Fátyol mögött (Behind th Veil)
08. Beszélgetõk (Talkers)
09. Szemrehányás (Reproach)
10. Thiérachei emlék (Reflections of Thiérache)
11. Gyimesi hegyek (The Mountains of Gyimes)
12. Repülés (Flying)
13. Jégvilág (Iceworld)
14. Virágcsendélet (Flowers Stillness)
Barabás Tamás – bass, synth program, percussion
Égerházi Attila - guitar
Kovács Ferenc - violin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Kovács Zoltán – piano, keyboards
Sipos András - percussion
Banai Szilárd – drums
Steve Hackett - guitar
Ben Castle - soprano saxophone
Szalai Péter - tabla
Herczeg Judit - vocal
Chalga is a worldmusic and folk-jazz crossover band from Hungary, mixing the members’ hungarian and archaic csángó musical heritage with strong influences of balkanic (bulgarian, macedonian), middle-eastern (turkish, arabic, laz) music and with a touch of jazz. This is a modern, urban folk music using solely acoustic instruments, genuine musical material and fresh ideas.
Ágnes Tiszavári - lead vocals
Móni Horváth - alto & soprano saxophones, flute, vocals
Róbert Kedves - violin, viola
Tamás Zagyva - electric, acoustic and fretless guitars
Attila Boros - electric, acoustic and fretless guitars
Csaba Szegedi - derbouka, bendir
Sándor Bencze - djembe, derbouka, ride
Előd Kostyák - cello
01. Hegyek fölött
02. Sárga hasú kígyó
03. Budapest Taqsim
05. Fekete szőlő
06. Jana ide
10. Lehajlott a kökény ága
11. Bottal verve
The music on the album is a fusion of Hungarian, Irish and Bulgarian folk, presented with an authenticity and ease that forges the different traditions into a unified work of art. The arrangement makes use of the traditional instruments of the three cultures, surprising the listeners with a multicultural swirl of music. The album shows Parov’s vision clearly: even though nations and cultures are different, the music offers an universal way of expressing human feelings; we share our feelings of love and sadness with each other and a music expressing these feelings is addressed to every one of us. That’s the way Nikola’s music becomes everyone’s music.
01.Ha te tudnád
04.Volt nékem szeretőm
05.Édes voltál, kedves voltál
08.Két ragyogó szép szemedért...
09.Se nem eső
11.Ha te tudnád [Remix]
"Szászcsávás is a small village located in the Kis-Küküllő River valley of Transylvania, in Romania. The majority of the village's 900 inhabitants are Hungarians, with 20% Gypsies. This CD presents selections from the traditional repertoire of this village's Gypsy musicians. Szászcsávás holds a unique place in Hungarian music history. Whereas Hungarian folk singing is always in unison, thisis perhaps the only village where polyphonic singing is found.
It is a folklorized form of the polyphonic religious singing style which was introduced by protestant theologians at the end of the eighteenth century, upon returning from university in western Europe. According to the researchers, the Szászcsávás' choral tradition can he traced back to the Basel school, on the basis of the number of parts and elements of composition. An active five part chorus still exists in the village today. Every Hungarian sings; the parts are passed down through the family, from father to son. In addition to performances by the chorus, the people of the village sing in parts during church services, at weddings, at halls and other gatherings. At such celebrations, older popular Hungarian art songs generally dominate, but other popular folksy-songs (known in Hungarian as nota), traditionalfolk songs and the traditional songs which accompany dancing are also sung in parts. Traditionally in Transylvania, the Gypsies - and before WW II also the Jews - played the instrumental music at weddings and other celebrations. For many generations the Gypsy musicians from Szászcsávás have been famous throughout the region. Though they are not members of the choir, they know the songs and the style of singing. The people of Szászcsávás are a more musically demanding audience than the average, who don't tolerate weak musicians. The Gypsies live on a street on the edge of what is by Transylvanian standards a fairly well off village. They make their living by doing seasonal agricultural work and making bricks."
01. Overture" - csárdás 3:11
02. Székely verbunk 2:56
03. Szegényes 1:27
04. Vénes 2:04
05. Sűrű verbunk 2:29
06. Szaggató verbunk 1:22
08. The Szászcsávás Gypsy March 1:52
09. New style csárdás and szökő 7:41
10. Gypsy tunes: lament, table song and jumping dance 5:49
11. Scat csárdás and szökő 1:31
12. Csárdás and szökő to live dancing 4:47
13. Mahala 3:11
14. New style Hungarian songs: lament, csárdás and szökő 9:2
15. Gypsy csárdás and szökő to live dancing 5:14
16. "Rákóczi March" 1:44
17. Csárdás and szökő in the Hungarian "Paprikash" restaurant in Chicago
Jámbor István 'Dumnezu' (1951) - first fiddle, voice
Mezei Ferenc 'Csángáló' (1951) - kontra, primkontra, dance
Csányi Mátyás 'Mutis' (1953) - bass, dance
Mezei Levente 'Leves' (1969) - fiddle, dance
Csányi Sándor 'Cilika' (1959) - fiddle
Jámbor Ferenc 'Tocsila' (1970) - kontra, dance, fiddle
Recorded live in Chicago USA on June 12th 1998
"This album begins with a prayer at dawn, and ends with a lullaby. Between these two blessed moments, different currents meet, though they sing of the same: of desire, of the deep and secret energy of life, which spark love, faith, and sound, and call the listener to play and to feel. I speak of the language of traditional music, cultivated by millions of souls, but which still resounds with a new, personal voice. 0The Hungarian folk songs : my roots, joy and sorrow in my own language. The gypsy songs : freedom, humor, with a bitter taste, rhythm and expressivity. The Psyché poems are in a playful form, but speak of the joys and conflicts of a passionate half-gypsy woman. I have great appreciation for the power and beauty of Bulgarian music. I offer three interpretations here, the results of work with very different musicians. The Persian song , like a precious box: it takes time to enjoy each sound. My musical sensibilities resonate with this enormous tradition, which is at once near and far.
I sing, fly from branch to branch, seek and find. I hope you enjoy the journey."
Palya Bea - ének
Szokolay Dongó Balázs - furulya, szaxofon, duda, doromb
Dés András - ütősök, kanna
Geröly Tamás - ütősök
Monori András - gadulka
Kerek István - hegedű
Farkas Zoltán - cselló
Bolya Mátyás - koboz
Eredics Dávid - klarinét
Buzás Attila - tambura, nagybőgő
Jakabffy Balázs - drum
01. Hajnal / In the Morn (Hungarian)
02. Úton / On the Road (Bulgarian)
03. Szelence / The Precious Box (Persian)
04. Pey-Dabadi (Hungarian Gypsy)
05. Rikoltok / Sparrow's Song (Hungarian)
06. Ágról-ágra / From Branch to Branch (Hungarian)
07. Hegyezd füled / Listen, Friend (Hungarian)
08. Tánc / Dance (Romanian)
09. Ne csicseréssz / Dont's Whistle (Hungarian)
10. Devla / Gypsy God (Transylvanian Gypsy)
11. Doromb-boy (Hungarian Gypsy)
12. Patak Parttyán (Hungarian)
13. Szózat Katitzához a férfiak ügyeiben (Hungarian)
14. Sáros-Pataki polgár leány (Hungarian)
15. Lüktetés / Heartbeats (Bulgarian)
16. Ketten a hegyen / Echo on the Mountain (Bulgarian)
17. Altató / Lullaby (Hungarian and Melanesian)
This recording presents a great variety of musical genres: from authentic folk music, to traditional blues and alternative rock arrangements; from Romanian dance music to the Hungarian poem “I’m roaming about” by the poet Attila József. These days it is more and more difficult to give people a musical experience, which inspires respect and admiration for the beauty and sincerity of Hungarian folk music. We trust, however, that when someone listens to this recording, even if folk music is not part of their everyday life, they will have a musical experience that will make them listen to this kind of music with pleasure.
01. Lekaszálták már a rétet / The Flowery Field Has Been Scythed
02. Méhkeréki romános dudán / Romanian Bagpipe Music From Méhkerék
03. Catalina, Catalina / Catalina, Catalina
04. Eleki román táncmuzsika / Romanian Dance Music From Elek
05. Pálpaliné balladája / Pálpaliné’s Ballad
06. Ugyanazokat / The Same Ones
07. Dal teázáshoz / Song For Tea Time
08. De szeretnék / How I’d Love To
09. Báli muzsika / Dance House Music From Vajdaszentivány
10. Senki nem ért semmit / Nobody Understands Anything
11. Az édesen játszó prímás / The Sweetly Playing Fiddler
12. Bolyongok / I’m Roaming About
József Bartók – double bass
János Csík – fiddle, voice
Zsolt Barcza Jr. – accordion, cimbalom
Tamás Kunos – four- and three-stringed viola, drum
Marianna Majorosi – voice
Attila Szabó – fiddle, guitar, voice
Balázs Szokolai “Dongó” – saxophone, Mongolian-type singing, bagpipe, flute
Zoltán Bobár – accordion
Márta Horváth – voice
András Lovasi – voice
Áron Őze – poetry recital
On the 21st January 2006 'Hallgato, Lament' won the 'Best Jazz Album Of The Year' award from the Golden Fonogram – Hungarian Music Awards.
A mellow jazz sound from traditional folk songs.
Agi Szaloki has one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices to emerge from Hungary in recent times.
This album is of folk songs originating from Hungarian culture in Moldva and Gyimes arranged by jazz and classical musicians who have close ties to Hungarian traditional music. Their goal was to play these songs in their own way not tradition preserving and not following fashion. They feel their music is ‘a round world that has soul, beat, and captivates the audience with its pure clearness’.
From record label:
"Ági Szalóki’s jazz line-up was formed for the recording of her second solo album ‘Lament’ in the spring of 2005, when she invited young jazz musicians to provide the accompaniment to some of her favourite folk songs. A particular harmony was rapidly established during the recording sessions and the result is an elegiac album on which the folk melodies are enriched with the subtle and colourful tint of jazz. Ági’s beautiful voice and sensitive singing is perfectly complemented by the inventive instrumental playing and characteristic improvisations of the musicians, and whenever the band perform live, either in clubs or on festival stages, they always create an intimate atmosphere and elicit an emotional response from the audience.
The versatile young vocalist has already been discovered by many fellow artists. Her jazz credentials are well demonstrated by her work with world famous pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos in his Hungarian Gypsy Show, first performed in May 2005, and her contribution to the Balázs Elemér Group’s 2005 release ‘Hungarian Folksongs’. On the other hand she has received world-wide exposure through her long association with Ökrös Ensemble performing Hungarian traditional music, and her performances with world music band Besh o droM. Other highlights of her career thus far include singing on Makám’s ‘Anzix’ album and her performances with Nikola Parov. Her invitation as vocalist to the February 2006 performance of “Stars, stars…” at the Palace of Arts, Budapest – a gala celebration of the life of Bartók featuring traditional, jazz and classical music stars – is an indication of her growing stature within Hungarian music.
Ági’s debut CD ‘Winter-Summer Orache’ was released in 2004, primarily for the ears of children. On her latest album ‘Lament’ Ági reaches out to a more mature audience – two Sándor Kányádi poems set to traditional melodies and a Gypsy tune join folk songs from Transylvania, Gyimes and Moldavia, some of the most interesting and valuable repositories of ancient Hungarian culture. These are age-old tales of love and loss, joy and sorrow, happiness and grief, prime examples of the oral tradition that have been passed down from generation to generation. The arrangements, however, are modern collaborations between Ági and the classically trained jazz musicians accompanying her – they are all open to contemporary influences and are not afraid to take chances. In their new environment these lyrics are revitalized, imbued with relevance for a world wide audience in the 21st century. The musicians play these songs in their own way, experimenting freely, and Ági sings from the heart, beautifully as always, with great dignity and sensitivity.
This ‘folk-jazz’ may be regarded as crossover, a fresh breeze blown by innovative young musicians, but it retains a simplicity and purity, the heartfelt purity of the Hungarian soul."
"Szalóki Ági is one of the most excellent talents of the younger generation of singers. She has really become ripe for an album where she can demonstrate her versatile personality to her audience. Not only is her voice beautiful but her style of performance is totally sovereign. Her scale ranges from intimacy to soul-fracturing passion. Besides, I don’t know any other singer on the Hungarian musical scene who sings both folk songs and improvised contemporary music with such familiarity.
It can be seen already from the list of the featured artists that the content of the CD is not an every-day delicacy for the fans of either jazz, folk or world music. Gábor Juhász, Dávid Lamm, József Balázs and the others are all the best of the young jazz generation, who prepared with great effort to create this harmony and sound. Something has been born that has never been before. And this is the result of a bright conceptual collaboration. I highly recommend this record and with love, because it really deserves it."
01. Napszállatja, napnyugta - Sunset Of Rust, It Is Dusk
02. Te merel e luma
03. Elrepült a vándormadár - The Nigrant Bird Has Flown Away
04. Mi lennék? - What Would I Be?
05. Kit a bánat elért... - Whoever’s Touched By Grief...
06. Végigmentem, végigmentem... - I made My Way, I Made My Way
07. Kinek van, kinek nincs... - Some Have None
08. Diófának három ága... - Three Branches On The Walnut Tree
09. Kövecses út szélén... - Beside The Stony Road
10. Magyarózdi toronyalja - The Magyarózd Tower I See
11. Napszállatja, napnyugta - Sunset Of Rust, It Is dusk
"The music is in their blood! As in many parts of the world Roma musicians are peerless in musical entertainment in Hungary as well. The cornerstones of the music of Kálmán Balogh and his fellow performers in the Gipsy Cimbalom Band are their distinguished instrumental knowledge and virtuosity inherited through famous musical dynasties on one hand, together with their familiarity with different musical genres and styles.
Kálmán Balogh has been honing his undoubted musical skills for twenty years or so now, playing with the best of Hungary's folk musicians with excursions into classical, jazz and rock, both at home and abroad. The Gipsy Cimbalom band provides him with the opportunity to fulfill a more personal musical vision and although his dazzling mallet work is a highlight of their performance, the band do much more than provide a foundation for the cimbalom - they are all dynamic and versatile musicians with equally eclectic musical taste and it's hard to know from which direction the next thrilling contribution will come. In this band Kálmán and his fellow musicians present the instrumental music performed by Gypsies in the Carpathian Basin and the Balkans - Hungarian, Rumanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian..."
01. Hora jazz
02. Aven shavale... (Gyertek fiúk / Let's Go Boys...)
06. Moldáviai cimbalmos
07. Romnya lel muro shavo... (Megházasodik a fiam... / My Son's Getting Married...)
08. Erev shel shoshanin... (Rózsák estéje... / Night Of The Roses)
9. Zavaros a Nyárád... / The Nyárád Is Troubled...
10. Saxy hora & sirba
11. Cimbalom improvizáció
Kálmán Balogh – cimbalom (1-11)
Ferenc Kovács – violin, trumpet (1), (2-7, 9-10)
Péter Bede – tenor sax (1-10)
Frankie Látó – violin (1-5, 7-10)
Mihály György – guitar (1-10)
Csaba Novák – double bass (1-10)
Ági Szalóki – voice (7)
Flóra Polnauer – voice (8)
Kinga Krámli – voice (9)
Gusztáv Balogh – voice, oral bass (2, 4, 7)
Gábor Pusztai – percussion (1-5, 7-10)