Celebrating 20 years of Méta: "Joy has come..."
"Art has the ability to return people’s feelings which they may have lost. Good music is a world religion in which we are all believers. This includes folk music - while listening to it one feels that one belongs to others, to life... to each other.
It enables us to find the rightful place of everything in the world and does not allow the “colonization” of our senses. It survives everything - if nowhere else, in our souls.
On this festive album this is worthily revived in the interpretation of the now 20 year-old Méta. Because this material is festive. And, as such, it broadens horizons, lifts past over present, unites earth with sky. The world’s principles remain the same, while attitudes towards them are unique. And the real value of things is hidden in their permanence - that is also proved by this CD."
"On our jubilee anthology the listener finds selections grouped not by regional origin. We formed three larger groups primarily based on the message of the texts, between which fit two shorter traditionally edited compositions. We hope, in this way, that everybody will find their favourite songs from the harvest of 20 years.
Nincsen csillag az égen (Kalotaszeg)
Szabad madár (Buza)
Maros mellett (Lőrincréve)
Nem tudja azt senki, csak a Jóisten (Észak-Mezőség)
Én vagyok a falu rossza (Kalotaszeg)
Fekete gyász (Kalotaszeg)
Tudod, babám (Magyarszovát)
Mikor én még kicsi voltam
Elment a madárka (Kalotaszeg)
A tavaszi szép időnek (Kalotaszeg)
Tavasz, tavasz (Moldva)
Ma van húsvét napja (Szatmár)
Mit nekem egy almát…
Mária, Mária (Moldva)
Vagyon az égen egy csillag (Székelyföld)
Ez napon itt megjelentünk (Szék)
Eljöttek a múzsák (Szatmár)
Eljött az öröm (Kalotaszeg)
Neved tiszteletére…; Éljen, éljen… (Szilágyság)
Beáta Salamon - violin, voice
Attila Gera - clarinet, tárogató, whistle, tilinka, accordion, voice
Zsolt Nagy - viola, drum, voice
Zoltán Porteleki - cimbalom, viola, hurdy-gurdy, voice
Albert Mohácsy - bass, csello, koboz, voice
Ferenc Németh - voice, drums
Dikanda is a young Polish group, founded in 1997 by accordionist and singer Ania Witczak. They play a mix of traditional East-European and gypsy music, plus their own compositions.
"How to describe the music of Dikanda? Acoustic folk rock meets haunting Eastern European female vocal? Klezmer rock? All of the above, plus more, comprises Dikanda's special sound - and that's only the first song on their album USZTIJO. Violin, accordion, standup bass, guitar and frame drum are featured; yet they rock like crazy - and meld perfectly with that haunting voice!
Their idea was to play music from across Eastern Europe, so songs and melodies from Poland, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, and Macedonia meet Jewish and gypsy music. Dikanda really knows how to build drama as well: check out cut 4 on USZTIJO, a cut called 'Amoriszej': it sounds like something American Jay Ungar might have come up with, but more adventurous with the percussion.
Some bands take three or four listens of the complete cd to become fully involved and to appreciate the music: Dikanda had us all in the palm of their collective hands before the first song was halfway played."
The Jávori Sound Machine, founded by acknowledged drummer Vilmos Jávori in 2002, strives always to create a special atmosphere on stage with their energetic performance of an amalgam of Hungarian folk music, jazz, pop, and Latin rhythms. They mostly play original compositions and traditional arrangements. Vilmos Jávori (1945) has been a definitive character of Hungarian jazz life for decades. He has won numerous prizes and awards including the Special Prize of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the eMeRTon Prize, and the 1st Prize at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival. Péter Sárik (1972) started to play the piano at the age of 7, and graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1997. He has played and made recordings with several jazz and pop formations, and has also composed music. László Nagy (1982) has achieved high ranking
and won a number of music contests despite his young age. József Horváth Pluto (1980) won the talent contest for bassists organized by the Hungarian Radio in 2003, and is a sought-after session musician on both acoustic and electric bass. Dávid Jávori (1982), son of Vilmos Jávori, is pursuing classical music studies. He ranked 3rd at the 1998 European Festival.
01. Tavaszi szél
02. Duna Parton
04. Megkötöm a lovamat
05. Duo (Sax: Tony Lakatos)
06. Kicsi madár (Sax: Tony Lakatos)
07. Just For You (Sax: Tony Lakatos)
08. Felülről fúj
09. Szivárvány havasán
10. Hol jártál az éjjel
Horváth Plutó, József electric bass/double bass