István Jeszenszky, Budapest - Hungary
"Sound of Worlds"


István Jeszenszky with tibetian  singing  bowls and bellsIstván Jeszenszky: His initial success was established at folk music festivals. As a young boy, he was awarded a golden certificate for his zither play. Later on he continued his studies in classical and jazz guitar. Eventually he had come into closer contact with improvisatory music. The zither, which is of Asian origin, naturally paved the way towards Eastern music. The decisive influence came from the world famous sarod artist, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan at the Basel Academy of Music in Switzerland. In 1990 he became the disciple of the renowned sarod maestro Smt. Sharan Rani in New Delhi. First as a private student but later on as a scholar of the local Academy of Music István studied not only complex musical art (tabla, vocals and sarod), but also got acquainted with the Eastern way of life and phylosophy. In 1994 the National School of Drama in New Delhi entrusted him with composing the musical score of the drama Einstein, directed by Mohan Maharishi. István himself has also taught and participated in a number of international concerts, including the World Music Festival in Delhi in 1994. Here he performed his own pieces made up by blending together eastern and western musical traditions, as well as his first own classical Indian music concert. Another event of such importance was the Videshi Kalakar Ustav Festival. Since his return from India, István has played in many different groups, appearing in Holland, Switzerland, Austria and, naturally, in Hungary. His concert videos have been presented several times by the Hungarian state television and radio.

Gabriella Bácskai  & István Jeszenszky Gabriella Bácskai : Singing has/plays a special role from her early childhood. At first she went on stage with amateur groups performing folk songs and achieved remarkable results at competitions, and later on television in an adaptation of the well-known musical, Cats. In the years 1993 and 1994 she played the leading role in F. Garcia Lorca's The Butterfly at the Budapest-based Globe Spirit Theatre. Jeszenszky István acquainted her with the Indian tanpoura and the Tibetan singing bowls in 1995, and he also taught her how to play these instruments. From this time on they perform together. In her vocal repertoire one can discover Hungarian and Arabian motifs as well as Southern Indian folk song adaptations. During their tour in India in 1998 they gave six concerts all over the country (New Delhi, Bombay, Poone, Cochin, Alwaye). The programme consisted of Hungarian folk songs and nursery rhymes and István's own compositions. These events proved to be highly successful, thanks to their unique presentation and interpretation of Hungarian folk songs.

CD - Sound of Worlds - Volume 1

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István Jeszenszky - vocal, sarod
Gabriella Bácskai - vocal, tanpoura
István Perger - percussion
Gerhard Rosner (Ausztria) - tabla
Pál Vincze - keyboard
Guest: Atul Keskar - sitar

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The Sound of Worlds musical project aims to understand and combine the music of different cultures, and to create new compositions based on this work. On the record several special instruments are introduced: accompanying the original Indian string and percussion intruments there are Arabian and African drums and also a unique way of singing. Besides Indian classical and folk music, improvisations inspired by other Asian melodies, as well as own compositions, are also presented. The sometimes meditative, but in other cases very dynamic music of the Sound of Worlds project promises a unique experience for all listeners.

István  JeszenszkyIstván Jeszenszky - vocal, sarod His first successes were at folk music festivals as a qualified zitherist. Later he continued his studies with classical and jazz guitar. He became the student of Sharan Rani, the famous Indian sarod-player in 1990 (New Delhi). In 1994 the National Theatre in New Delhi requested him to compose the music for the play "Einstein". After several appearances in international stages, he returned to hungary, where he started the Sound of Worlds project. He takes part in the project as a soloist and a singer, and also composes music for it.
Gabriella  Bácskai Gabriella Bácskai - vocal, tanpoura She first performed as a folk-singer, then appeared in the musical titled "Cats" in the Hungarian Television. In 1993-1994 she was starring in a theater play (F. Garcia Lorca: The Butterfly) on the Globe Spirit Stage of Budapest. She joined the Sound of Worlds project in 1996. She sings and plays the tanpoura.
István  PergerIstván Perger - percussion instruments He started to learn music at the age of 7 at one of the State Music Schools of Budapest. Later he became the student of Oszkár Balázs at the Percussion Department. In 1990 Latin-American music started to interest him, he was a member of several groups. In the past years he has been guest musician in numerous productions, in various styles.
Gerhard  RosnerGerhard Rosner (Austria) - tabla He started to learn tabla in 1988 in India as a student of maestro Zamir Akhmed Khan and Chotilal Mishra. He continued his studies in Austria with Jatinder Thakur. Besides tabla he plays several other percussion instruments too. At present he mainly performs in Austria and Hungary. He also composes music for theatersin Vienna.
Pál VinczePál Vincze - keyboard He is a music teacher with a degree in classical music. Parallel to his official studies, he learned composition and jazz-piano. He plays in several Hungarian groups as guest musician and composer. Besides his jazz-oriented groups he is especially interested in integrating zhe music of different cultures.
Atul KeskarAtul Keskar (India) - sitar He grew up with the sitar because his father, grandfather and uncle were all famous musicians. At the age of 6 he already had a radio performance. During the years he learned to sing in dhrupad style and also to play tabla, dilruba and surbahar. He had performances in the big cities of India. Later he gave concerts in the USA and Europe too. He likes to step out from the strict rules of Indian music and to experiment in jazz.
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Sharan Rani


Sharan Rani, the famous Indian sarod maestro, Istvan had been being her disciple for 10 years in New Delhi.