The leading bands and brands of Hungarian ethno and world music from rocky to meditative, from elektro to orchestral moods to make everyone happy!
Napra band broke into the Hungarian music scene in 2007, and right away they were invited to play the greatest festivals, so we can admit, that the year 2007 was the year of Napra. But this year also started in a glorious way for them, since they played the MŰPA with the Barbaro in a sold out concert with a huge success, while it has also been anticipated, that in the cathegory of the Best World Music Band in Hungary they will win the Fonogram-award this year.
Its not impossible to put together the accordion, the drumset, the sound of electric guitars with traditional folk elements like the cimbalom, fiddle and other. If someone really wants to hear something new, and is stunned by virtuoso orchestration, then he can’t miss the Napra, as their lately relesed album titled Jaj, a világ! either.
Members of the band
Krámli Kinga: vocals
Both Miklós: vocals, electric guitars
Balogh Kálmán: cimbalom
Hegedűs Máté: fiddle
Bobár Zoltán „Boby”: accordion
Pfeiler Ferenc: drums
Winter Csaba: bass guitar
Fókatelep was founded in 2007 based on jam sessions of the members of Korai Öröm (5 in the beginning, 3 now), a psychedelic world-beat band known far beyond the borders of Hungary. After Annamária Oláh had joined the group, the instrumental music gradually changed to the present song-like form. During its first year the improvising, ambient project has become a strong folk-rock group. The band rapidly found its audience and plays in more and more prestigious scenes. Among these were the successful concerts at the major Hungarian towns and festivals and on the closing day of the Hundertwasser exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts. In October 2009 the band toured in Northern Europe with success. Besides the concerts its members gave workshops in few Dannish schools. Their first record introduces us to the world of primarily Hungarian but also Bulgarian, French or Indian folk style songs with energetic rock flavour. The meeting of the experienced musicians with the young, but extraordinarily talented singer and songwriter caused a strong album with its own signature. Fókatelep do not commit themselves to either of the wide range of styles (folk songs, chanson, metal, electric) they are inspired by. Their characteristic „fóka sound” is more a mixture of all the above. Yallah Yallah is Indian-inspired „raga-rock” with Bulgarian folk instruments, Fly away is folk-like song arranged as a heavy „piano metal”. With their adaptation of Gloomy Sunday they created a Hungarian trip-hop from the classical Rezső Seress song known throughout the world. Apart from Annamari’s lofty voice the ethno feeling is fortified by Nikola Parov’s (www.nikola.hu ) appearance as guest on the album. The worldwide-known musician, who recorded albums among others with Márta Sebestyén, played traditional Balkan instruments in several songs.
Annamari Olah - voice, dance, Peter Szalay - guitar, bass, Ferenc Somogyi - bass, Viktor Csanyi - drums, percussion, Janos Jocsik - percussion, Emil Biljarski - keyboards
Suefo produced two exclusive mp3 compilations for the UPC Chello internet company entitled Chellotronica vol. 1-2. These compilations contain tracks from Jon Kennedy, The Frank Popp Ensemble, Eastenders/!DelaDap, Deela, Montefiori Cocktail, Saint Privat, Captain Planet, Erik Sumo and a handful of new Hungarian talents from the freestyle scene. Suefo also produced a compilation/mix of Hungarian tracks. These form part of the extra content of the DVD film called Binji, which will be released soon through Chameleon Records. As Vono Box they also produced a CD compilation for Tilos Radio FM 90.3 entitled Tilos Maraton 2006.
David Yengibarjan was born in 1976 in Yerevan (Armenia). He began his accordion studies in the Yerevan Music School. He moved to Hungary in 1995 where he continued his music education.
He has performed in several stage plays and films. On the soundtrack of the movie entitled Holstein Lovers he played with Ferenc Snétberger, the famous guitarist and composer of the soundtrack, and got acquainted with the brilliant double-bass player József Barcza Horváth with whom he has had a close personal and artistic relationship ever since. He was also the composer of several soundtracks for films such as György Farkas' Vérvonal (Blood Line), András Fésüs' Street, Heart, Beat and András Szőke's Három (Three).
In concert he often plays his own compositions which incorporate a special mixture of Armenian folk music, Argentinean tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla. He has also played in several jazz and folk line-ups.
Accepting several foreign invitations he has played before audiences in Paris, London, Amsterdam, the Terschelling Island, Vienna and at the Edinburgh International Festival. In Budapest he has had performances at the Fonó, Merlin Theatre, Trafó, Szkéné Theatre, Vista and the Matáv Music House.
On May 23-24, 2001 he appeared with Ferenc Snétberger and József Barcza Horváth at the Archa Divadlo in Prague on the Khamaro Roma Festival. Again in Prague, he performed solo on June 23-24 in a stage-play directed by the sons of Milos Forman. On June 25 he played at a festival held in Cologne to celebrate the film entitled Gloomy Sunday, and was accompanied by Erika Marozsán (vocals) and Zsigmond Lázár (violin).
In 1999 he founded Trio Yengibarjan with the aspiration to create a fusion of the Argentinean tango, the "New Tango" of Astor Piazzolla, and various types of folk music. After several changes in the line-up the trio recorded his first CD with József Barcza Horváth on double-bass and Gábor Juhász on guitars. Trio Yengibarjan introduced the material of Tango Passsion (BMC CD 051) playing before Terje Rypdal and Palle Mikkelborg at the BMC Jazz Evening on June 22, 2001 in Budapest. From 2002 the new lineup of the trio includes János Egri on the bass and József Botos on the guitar.
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