Able to claim both an extraordinary history and a remarkable oeuvre, Salif Keïta, the undimmed star of West African music, says he was "born to create confusion”. As a descendant of Sundiata Keïta, founder of the Mandinka Empire, he bucked the caste system by choosing the profession of singer. On top of that, being born an albino meant ostracism from his tribe, whose members believed that his condition would bring their ruin. Migrating to Baboko, he became the solo singer for Le Super Rail Band du Bamako and also for Les Ambassadeurs. He settled in Paris in 1984, where he caught on and, between 1987 and 1999, released a series of pronouncedly successful, ground-breaking and highly imitated Afropop records (Soró, Kö-Yan, Amen, Folon… The Past, Sosie, Papa). In the new millennium, acoustic sounds once again started to prevail in West African music. This influenced Salif, who also moved back to Mali. His albums Moffou, M'Bemba and La Différence are dominated by traditional instruments, preserving the memories of Malian music. He plays with a freshness and individual style that only the very greatest are capable of, thus demonstrating that true dance music combines profundity and perspective, both lightness and gravity.
Despite the short lifespan, lasting from 1972 to 1974, of the Rákfogó (Crab-catcher) band, its impact is still felt to this day. It was not only the careers of the members, musicians who have reached the highest peaks of success, of this legendary line-up - Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Imre Kőszegi, Gyula Babos, Jackie Orszáczky and Mihály Ráduly - that it defined, it also had a decisive influence on the evolution of Hungary's entire jazz scene. This concert represents a milestone, with the still-active core members taking the stage together for the first time in long decades - with a contemporary approach and together with their younger colleagues József Horváth Plútó, Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Emilio and Dzsenifer Mága - to remember both Jackie Orszáczky and one of the golden ages of Hungarian jazz. Today's jazz fans, even if they somehow know how many versions of the Rákfogó there were, would probably get mixed up with the chronology. It's not self-evident that the first line-up was the Új "New” Rákfogó, which was founded by Jacki Orszáczky, with Béla Bögöly on drums and Miklós Cserba on guitar. This was followed by the Rákfogó regarded as the most influential, consisting of Szakcsi, Kőszegi, Babos, Orszáczky and Ráduly, in which Bögöly, Lajos Kathy-Horváth, Vilmos Jávori and János Németh all played for a time. The third incarnation, founded by pianist Gábor Füst Balogh, bore the name Kis ("Little”) Rákfogó, which won the "Who Knows What?” television programme in 1977.
Tolcsvay-Müller-Müller: The Gospel of Mary
A composer who has won both the Ferenc Erkel Award and Hungarian Heritage Award, László Tolcsvay was a founding member of both the Tolcsvay Trio and Fonográf. The former ensemble was the first to combine rock with Hungarian folk music and, together with Fonográf, became Eastern Europe's most popular line-up of the '70s. Tolcsvay wrote the monumental Hungarian Mass in 1987 and won acclaim performing it all over Europe. The following year he completed his first musical, Doctor Herz, followed by the première of his work The Gospel of Mary, created jointly with Péter Müller and Péter Sziámi Müller. In the 25 years since its 1991 première, the rock opera has been performed nearly 1000 times in Hungary and abroad, including in a number of major theatres translated into English, German, Italian, Slovak and Czech, with a CD and film version both released of it.
Recirquel Contemporary Circus Company: Night Circus
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Set among the ten-meter-high, slowly crumbling firewalls of Budapest, the troupe's artists embark on a shared journey around the hidden depths of their own personalities, while seeking to fulfill their unattainable desire to fly. In accordance with the philosophy of the genre, the creators do not tell a linear story. Eternal symbols of pre-historic times and representations of well known fairy tale and mythical situations help the audience feel at ease in a world that is trying to engage its emotions rather than its reason. The title of the show refers to the rebirth of classical circus through the elements of nuovo cirque, a journey from night to day. Accompanied by live piano music, this first Recirquel creation has enchanted audiences across the world and toured in France two times, attracting outstanding critical reviews. The première was an event of the Budapest Spring Festival.