Tuesday, November 18, 2008


4th DECEMBER, 9.30PM@Laundry Bar


One of music’s most uncompromising and complex individuals, Steve Hackett has earned the reputation of being one of Britain’s finest composers and guitarists. Originally a key member of the ‘classic’ Genesis his complex and distinctive playing contributed heavily to their early success, developing an elegance and sophistication which have since become his trademark. He has since achieved consistent solo success internationally in both the rock and classical arenas.Born in London in 1950, Steve was already playing harmonica as a four-year-old and by 12 was experimenting with his father’s guitar. During his teens he played with various bands in his spare time and had already started to place advertisements in Melody Maker in search of like-minded musicians. One of those ads was answered by Peter Gabriel and Steve gave up his day job to join him in Genesis for £15 a week.Within a couple of years sell-out tours ensued across Europe and America and they were on their way to becoming one of the best loved bands of that decade and beyond. For most Genesis fans the Hackett years and the albums they recorded together represent the definitive Genesis. Some would even go further, saying that when Steve left, the true spirit of the band went with him, reappearing only on his solo albums, now totalling twenty one and covering a vast range from screaming blues to the most refined classical.In 1975 Steve's first solo album, Voyage Of The Acolyte, featured band colleagues Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford and was greeted with rave reviews.


Tamas Barabas
He was born in 1972 in Győr.He began his studies with the double-bass at the age of 13. In 1988 being influenced by Mark King, he decided to become a bass guitarist. In 1991 he was involved with the popular Hungarian jazz band 'TEA'. He is familiar with almost all types of music from rock to jazz. His fabulous bass guitar sound and composer force determined the new charasteristics of Djabe. He got in connection with Djabe as a session musician, and since 1997 he has been a constant member of the band. Since September 1997 he has been a sound-engineer at Gramy Recording Studio, Djabe´s own recording studio. He is the arranger of the recordings as well as live performances.

Égerházi Attila
He was born in 1966 in Debrecen.At the age of 13 he began to play the guitar. In 1983 he created the band 'Novus Jam' together with the guitarist Pósafalvi Peter and flutist Gesztelyi Nagy Judit. The group won several competitions during its 13-year existence and issued two CDs as well. In 1996 'Novus Jam' appeared in the 25th Jazz Days in Debrecen with great success. As a composer and guitarist he also contributed to the solo works of Gesztelyi Nagy Judit, Muck Ferenc and Kovács Ferenc. In 1995 he founded Djabe together with András Sipos, the percussionist of 'Novus Jam'. He not only determines the sound of the band, but he is also successful as it's manager.

Banai Szilárd
He was born in 1978 in Cegléd.He started to play the drums after several years of cello studies, for which he received strong inspiration from his mother, who is a teacher of percussion instruments. He graduated from Liszt Ferenc Acadamy of Music as jazzdrum teacher. At the very beginning of his career he had the opportunity to play with the most outstanding figures of Hungarian jazz life. He was invited to join to Djabe in December of 2000.

Kovács Zoltán
He was born in 1973 in Győr.He completed his studies in 1998 at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. Beside his studies of the piano and classical music he has been engaged in jazz since he was 13 years old. He involved with 'TEA' since 1997. He participated in several jazz, pop productions, moreover he has made a few scores for movies and TV shows, as well. He joined Djabe in December of 2000.

Kovács Ferenc
He was born in 1957 in Budapest.He graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. During his career he worked together with the '180 Group' and György Szabados' orchestra, White Voodoo. He was the founding member of the Budapest Ragtime Band, and worked with them for 15 years. At the moment he is a significant member of Mihály Dresh's quartet. Since 1994 he has been the member of the Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cymbalom Band. He also works with his own violin orchestra Magony.He worked with Djabe on the first album in 1996. In 2001 he rejoined the group and became the influential solist of Djabe.

Special Guests:

Dresch Mihály
Dresch Mihály was born in Budapest on 10 July 1955. Although in the beginning he was also fascinated by black American jazz, his verbal and musical mother-language is undeniably Central European and, within that, characteristically Hungarian. “Dresch is one of the most influential nurturers of a fertile fusion between Hungarian folk music and jazz” – as John Fordham (The Guardian) puts it. He founded his first quartet in 1984. Until the mid-nineties, there was a frequent changeover in members. The recent lineup (István Baló - drums, Ferenc Kovács - violin, Mátyás Szandai - double bass) exists since 1998. Hungarian bebop, their second BMC release, with participation of Archie Shepp, one of Dresch’s musical idols, reached international success in 2002. Their latest album Straight music, recorded end of 2003, came out in Spring 2004. During the years Dresch and his musicians have played and recorded with such artists as John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Chico Freeman, David Murray, and Dewey Redman.
Awards2007 Liszt Award

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