Zoltán Krulik, the composer-guitarist of Makám every year surprises his audience with better and better albums. The latest consists of soldier songs but song not from the point of view of the soldiers but their lovers, wives. The meeting of three wonderful female (Szilvia Bognár, Bea Palya, Ágnes Szalóki) and one male (Ádám Dévényi) voice furthermore the traditionalist but contemporary sound will fully satisfy the listener.
These beautiful Balkan songs, mostly Bulgarian and Macedonian which have become well-known in Hungary through the poetic translations of László Nagy – have also been covered by the former bands Kolinda and Gépfolklór, possibly others as well. The arrangements and compositions of Zoltán Krulik show the unequivocal marks of an unfaltering stylistic sense and an accomplished craftsmanship without the slightest suggestion of cliché or tried and tested routine. That is to say, underlying these compositions we can find genuine human sensitivity, experience and values: faith in the power of song and of melody, refined taste and temperance manifested in unmanipulated, acoustic sound, and trust in the possibility of conveying poetic metaphors and delicately shaded thoughts to the audience.
01. Van-e tenéked...?
02. Jaj, sötétben
07. Katona sirató
08. Ébredj fel
09. Édesanya, kedvesem
11. Gyere vélem
12. A Don-kanyar felől
Composed by Zoltán Krulik, except tracks 3, 4, 5 and 9 which are traditional.
Zoltán Krulik - guitar
Balázs Szokolay - sax, furulya, duda
Balázs Thurnay - kaval, voice
Eszter Krulik - violin
Zoltán Mizsei - keyboard, voice
Zoltán Kovács - double bass
Géza Orczy - derbuka, tapán, buzuki, saz
Ádám Dévényi - voice
Szilvia Bognár - voice
Bea Palya - voice
Ági Szalóki - voice
"Antwerp city, with its harbor, has always been a melting pot of different cultures. The Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra reflects that openness in an intriguing way; seven musicians from all over the world - each with a very diverse musical background - have teamed up to combine the pure, raw energy of authentic Roma Gipsy melodies with the ultra-danceable ska groove.
This band has it all! A charismatic front man, street credibility, incredible energy on stage, a vast variety of styles and rhythms that stretch the boundaries of what we know as ska music, striking melodies that soar with joy and dive with melancholy, improvisational skills to match a jazz combo and best of all… their own sound that is so rich and natural that one can’t help but wonder why nobody came up with this idea before.
You can see that classifying AGSO as just another ska band would be a mistake that one is not likely to make after seeing them at work.
Based solely on their live reputation they played the Melkweg (Amsterdam) with Balkan Beat Box and left the audience screaming for more. A few months later they performed at the prestigious Eurosonic festival in the ‘Stadsschouwburg’ (after the Magic Numbers) which confirmed their popularity status and has them headlining many festivals in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The debut CD which was released in June 2007, was unanimously applauded by the Belgian Press as a masterpiece, terms like all hits, no misses got the band many interviews and frequent airplay on Belgium’s Radio 1. Since the last of the band’s illegal immigrants received his permit to stay just before the release, “Tuttilegal” seemed an appropriate title.
Gregor - Vocals & trumpet
Kike - Alto Saxophone
Vincent - Soprano/Tenor Saxophone
Mukt i- Guitar
Suki - Keyboard
Filip - Double Bass
Alfredo - Drums
Gregor and Mukti are old friends, they played together in Moss, a hardcore punk band with Mukti on drums. At the same time Mukti played in Tachyon, at that time also a punk band (he also joined Belgian Asociality later on)... one thing led to another and Gregor became the singer of Tachyon. As this group gradually became a ska band, Kike (Argentina) was asked to join them on sax. After Tachyon split up in 2003 these three friends found each other again in AGSO.
Kosovo born Suki plays in numerous gipsy-projects.
Gregor, Vincent (France) and Kike are part of the Ambrassband, a fanfare that grew out of the Antifare.
Gregor and Kike also form the horn section of Donkey Diesel.
Filip played bass with Le Trio Perdu. After their breakup, he formed the klezmer formation On Fidldikn Mamzer with the accordeonist. He's active in the gipsy scene apart from AGSO and you also can hear him perform with Bobby's Evil, Bacalhou (Fado), Tagsim (Arabo-Andalusisch) en Delicatessen (Free). He's also recording with Lais.
Alfredo was born in Chili and also plays jazz sessions and other side projects."