Donnerstag, Juni 28, 2007
Mittwoch, Juni 27, 2007
Piramis - Piramis (1980)
Hungarian Rock, MP3 @ 224
A compilation album that contained re-recorded tracks in english language, to reach international audiences.
Dienstag, Juni 26, 2007
Michal Urbaniak - Constellation
(Live Recording at the Warsaw Philharmonic May 1973)
Polish Jazz/Fusion, MP3 @ 224
Michal Urbaniak was born on the 22nd June 1943 in Warsaw and has a central role in the development of jazz/fusion in the 70s in Poland. He's playing violin and saxophone.
He started his music education during high school in Lodz and continued from 1961 in Warsaw in the violin class of Tadeusz Wronski. He taught himself to play the saxophone. First performing with a dixieland band, later with Zbigniew Namyslowski and the Jazz Rockers, with whom he performed during the Jazz Jamboree Festival in 1961. After this, he was invited to play with Andrzej Trzaskowski and toured in the USA in 1962 with his band The Wreckers. After the band split up he moved to Scandinavia from 1965 to 1969 with his wife Urszula. Returning to Poland he formed his self-named Michal Urbaniak Group. They recorded their first international album "Parathypus B" in 1970. During the Montreux '71 Festival he was awarded by the Barklee College of Music in Boston. After many triumphant concerts in Europe and the USA, in May 1973 he played for the last time for a Polish audience and emigrated with his wife and vocalist Urszula Dudziak to the United States. In 1974 he formed the band "Fusion" that also adapted polish folk elements into his music.
He performed with famous artists like Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, George Benson, Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Quincy Jones and Ron Carter. In 1985 he was invited to play during the recording of "Tutu" by Miles Davis. Davis is reported to have said on this occasion: "Get me this fucking Polish fiddler !" He is playing on the track "Don't Lose your Mind".
Urszula Dudziak was born on the 22nd October 1943 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. She was married to Michal Urbaniak. She is gifted with a remarkable five-octave vocal range. She has worked with artists like Lester Bowie, Bobby McFerrin or Jay Clayton. She also released solo albums from 1972 onwards.
Wojciech Karolak was born on the 28th May 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. In 1958 he started his career in the band "Jazz Believers" playing alto saxophone. Also a member in the band was Krystof Komeda, who later composed the soundtrack for Roman Polanski's movie "Rosemary's Baby" in 1967. His next career station was in The Wreckers (among Michal Urbaniak) playing tenor saxophone now. In 1961 he switched back to piano. 1962 he formed his own band. In 1964 he was the first musician to release a Jazz LP in Poland with his band "Kurylewicz Quintet" (LP "Go Right").
He left Poland in 1966 and moved to Sweden and played in Rock and Blues groups, as he said to make enough money to buy an appartment and a Hammond B-3 organ, which he did in 1973.
Freitag, Februar 16, 2007
She was born on the 19th August 1957 in Budapest, Hungary. She learned how to sing before she even knew how to speak. Márta speaks seven languages fluently !
Her mother, Ilona Farkas, a music teacher and collector of folksongs, was a pupil of Kodály Zoltán (a famous hungarian composer). At the age of 6 she already recorded an album. She quited her studies at the Budapester Art Academy in 1975 to spend more time with singing. She began to sing at the "Táncház" (House of Dance). A movement used as a form of protest against the cultural oppression of the Communist government. Students, musicians and dancers began to explore their hungarian musical roots. This movement became very popular to the whole generation of students and intellectuals of Budapest. Though she said in an interview that she only sang the songs because of their beauty and not because of political reasons. She was impressed by the power of the music that pulled people together. Around 1980 she joined the music group "Muzsikás", with them she recorded albums through the years. In the beginning of the 1990's she gave worldwide concerts with them.
In 1995 two french gentlemen, Eric Mouquet and Michael Sanchez, better known as "Deep Forest" were listening to records from all over the world. They phoned each other one day and said they'd found something wonderful, and then they realized they both were listening to the same songs. It were the songs of Sebestyén Márta. They were very impressed and sent her a demo tape, asking her what she thinks about it. Her reaction, taken from an interview, was: "It was really shocking to me and strange to my ears. But I tried to forget about being a folk singer and listened to it the way a young teenager would listen. There are so many ways to reach an audience, so I let them use it and we became friends". "People sometimes like to use my voice in pop music, it is never my idea. When I am able to do what I want to do, to say what I want to say, it is always through folk music. Ordinary people who listen to music on the radio all day to not know it is all lie. It is noise, the noise of money. I pity people who have grown up never having heard honest music. Mixing music with business is not for me".
So her voice can be heard on Deep Forest's album "Boheme". One of the songs, "Marta's Song" also appeared on Robert Altman's "Pret-a-Porter" soundtrack.
In 1996 another international success, in the movie "The English Patient" a traditional Hungarian song can be heard under the opening credits, "Én csak azt csodálom" (Lullaby for Catherine). Another of her songs used in the movie is "Szerelem szerelem" (Love, Love).
She also sang for the Japanese emperor and the Spanish King. She also received every prize a Hungarian artist can receive. Her repertoir also includes folk songs from Ireland, Greece, Bulgaria, Bosnia or even Indian Hindu songs.