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.
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
CD - Sound of Worlds
- Volume 1
Jeszenszky - vocal, sarod
Gabriella Bácskai - vocal, tanpoura
István Perger - percussion
Gerhard Rosner (Ausztria) - tabla
Pál Vincze - keyboard
Guest: Atul Keskar - sitar
SOUND OF WORLDS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.