Sziget Festival 2009 Panorama: Elemér Balázs Group
One of Hungary's best known jazz drummer, Elemér Balázs formed his group in 2000. Simultaneously employing male and female vocals, building on the harmonies and the contrast of the two, the group has developed a unique sound via also venturing into the realm of ethnic sounds and rhythms.
Tzumo Electronic Dreams : From songs.hu Tzumo Árpád Oláh was born on 29 January 1980 into a musical family. He started playing the piano at the age of seven. He studied classical music at the Weiner Leó Conservatory (Hungary Budapest), after he received a scholarship to the Ferenc Erkel School of Jazz Music.
His first success was the shared first prize of the Hungarian (Béla Bartók) Radio's talent competition, which was a scholarship for 5-week summer course at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Eszter Takáts and the Gumizsuzsi : While guitar strumming women are a dime a dozen in the States - I am not making a judgment call here, merely statin that the genre is popular -, Hungary has a much slimmer offering of the type, population scale taken into account. Eszter Takáts is one of those, here performing with her band, although otherwise often seen solo and in several other configurations.
Oy Division : From eganu.com:
Oy Division is one of the only bands in Israel which perform the old style folk music of eastern- European Jews, generally known as Klezmer. The members of Oy Division do not adhere to the modern Klezmer style nor do they try to make it contemporary in any way, but rather try to recreate and bring back to life the nearly extinct pre-war jewish music the way it had been originally performed. Their repertoire is a mix of instrumental wedding dance music, folk songs and songs originating in the Yiddish theatre, Old music played again with the zeal and exuberance of punks. The members of the band come from different musical backgrounds...
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