What might the line-up of a band formed in the countryside of the 21st century Carpathian Basin look like? Electric guitar, bass (guitar), viola, accordion, cimbalom, drums, violin and vocals, just as in the case of Napra? Perhaps.. It might be helpful to try and imagine how a village prímás living at the end of the 19th century would have reacted if he had been introduced to the music of Jimi Hendrix, for example. Has that been of any assistance? In any case, this promises to be an interesing adventure...

01. De sötétlik... / How Darkness Spread...
02. Jaj, a világ! / Oh, What A World!
03. Bánat, bánat / Sorrow, Sorrow
04. Ugrós / Ugrós (Leaping Dance)
05. Tekerős / Hurdy-gurdy
06. Pici Ház / Little House
07. Sas Ferenc / Sas Ferenc (Eagle Frankie)
08. Tisza partján / By The Tisza
09. Kalotaszegi hajnali és szapora / From Kalotaszeg
10. Elment az én rózsám... / My Rose Has Departed...
11. Cickom csárdás / Cickom Csárdás

Miklós Both - guitar, vitar (violin-guitar), voice, special effects
Kinga Krámli - voice
Máté Hegedűs - violin
Zoltán Bobár "Boby" - accordion, piano, 3-stringed viola, double bass, synthesizer
Kálmán Balogh - cimbalom
Csaba Winter - bass
Ferenc Pfeiler - drums

Márton Éri - viola
András Németh - hurdy-gurdy


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.. The soul re-sounds, words sing, love’s doors is ringing”

"This record was born in Bartók’s honour, on the 125th anniversary of his birth. The Budapest Spring Festival asked me to create a piece of music to go on the same program with Bartók’s „Bluebeard’s Castle”. The idea was that Bartók’s sources for this opera – the most beautiful layers of Hungarian folk songs, ballads and instrumental folk music – should be performed by me and my colleagues. Specifically that we should make use of them in our own style, bringing them to life, re-creating our musical tradition. This is how „Lover’s doors” came about; through the balladic world of Bartók’s opera – another story is told in a cycle of seven movements. For help we summoned the dramatic density of folklore’s surreal and symbolic images along with the lively folk music and dance. Though we sing about mythical, poetically named women with fates similar to Judit’s, rather than leading to tragedy, love’s doors lead to hope. The passages neither separate nor conceal, they do not have doors locked with a key; they instead connect the many levels and paths of human feelings and emotions. Re-sounding, they propel our souls out of grief and sorrow into the light; out of misery towards recovery."

Ferenc Kiss

1. Tavaszkapu / Spring’s Gate
2. Balladavölgy / Valley of Ballads
3. Varázsmező / Enchanted Field
4. Selyemrét / Silk Meadow
5. Citruserdő / Citrus Forest
6. Fellegajtó / Heaven’s Door
7. Álomvíz / Dream Water

Bea Palya, Ági Szalóki, Kati Szvorák – voice

Ferenc Kiss – violin, viola, voice
Zsigmond Lázár – violin
Mihály Huszár – double bass
Attila Korom – guitar
Dávid Küttel – synthesizer, accordion
Károly Babos – percussion

Csaba Ökrös – violin
Sándor D. Tóth – viola
Zsolt Kürtösi – double bass

Kálmán Balogh - cimbalom
Mihály Dresch „Dudás” – saxophone, wooden flute
Mátyás Bolya – koboz, zither
Pál Havasréti – hurdy-gurdy, hit gardon
Balázs Szokolay „Dongó” – saxophone, bagpipe, tárogató, kaval, wooden flutes, overtone singing


Makám's music can be seen as a specialized branch of today's music with its own eclecticism. It is characterized by a synthesis of different organizational of forms, a special cohesion of influences of different kinds of musical inspiration and the result of studying contemporary music, archaic traditional music as well as the spontaneous improvisation of free music.
Makam was formed in 1984 with the purpose of establishing a peculiar form of community playing music, a special synthesis of harmonies, trying to show the common characteristics belonging together in music cultures of different peoples and contrasting musical forms.

01. Szindbád
02. Fonó
03. Mátyus
04. Kisteknőc
05. Malom
06. Panyiga
07. Este
08. Kis Mózes
09. Balaton
10. Tá tia tá
11. A néma halfiú
12. Vadgesztenye
13. Anzix
14. Zengővárkony
15. Vándor
16. Betlehem
17. Madárijesztő
18. Zöld csoda-fény (Weöres Sándor)

Zoltán Krulik - guitar, Indian harmonium, piano, voice
Irén Lovász - voice
Balázs Thurnay - kaval, tin whistle, Moldavian flute, marimba, earthen drum, voice
Eszter Krulik - violin, voice, whistle
Csaba Gyulai - Turkish violin, udu, drum, percussion
Zoltán Kovács - contrabass, cow bells

Composed by Zoltán Krulik


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