Mihály Borbély Quartet - Meselia HillCD
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Meselia Hill (Budapest Music Center)

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Bear dance
Meselia Hill

   

Musicians:
Mihály Borbély - soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, tárogató, kaval, fujara
Gábor Cseke - piano
Balázs Horváth - double bass
István Baló - drums
with Miklós Lukács - cimbalom (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10) and Zoltán Lantos - violin (4, 5)

"If Bartók played not-so-straight-ahead jazz, it might sound like the Borbély Quartet, combining Serbian, Slovak, Gypsy, Jewish and German folk influences with classical music, shot through with that thing that swings. Roland Kirk would understand." - Michael Stone, RootsWorld

"This is an intriguing set of modern music that grows in interest with each listen." - All Music Guide

The artist says:
...Meselia became a piece of music for me that reflects the diversity and yet the sameness of the people living around that hill, radiating the joy, the turbulence, the fears, the regrets and the occasional melancholy of those very people who are my people. It is the music of the old lady who used to live across the street and used to banter with the Slovak carters in their language, held her own in German and was not lost for words when the Gypsies addressed her in one of their Romany dialects.

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