Artist Profiles: Muzsikás

Muzsikás in 2009 at the Rainforest World Music Festival – Photo by Angel Romero

Muzsikás delves deep into the roots of central European history by combining Jewish, Ottoman, Hapsburg, and Gypsy influences to bring the world a rich, complex and mysterious Transylvanian tradition. As part of the folk revival that swept Hungary two decades ago, in response to the straitjacketed approach of Russian state-sponsored folklore, Muzsikás played tanchez when it was dangerous to do so.

Now an even broader audience has discovered the talents of their stellar vocalist, Marta Sebestyén through her work on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film, The English Patient and the Grammy winning Boheme by Deep Forest. Exhilarating audiences with their outstanding musicianship and their devotion to seeking out obscure and interesting music, Muzsikás has become one of the world’s top performing ensembles.

Read: Interview with Muzsikas, Hungary’s Renowned Folk Music Group

Discography:

Living Hungarian Folk Music I (Hungaroton Gong)
Márta Sebestyén and Muzsikás (Hannibal, 1991)
The Prisoner’s Song (Hannibal, 1991)
Blues for Transylvania (Hannibal, 1991)
Maramaros, the Lost Jewish Music (Hannibal, 1993)
Ketto (Munich Records, 1995)
It is not like it used to be (Hungaroton Gong, 2001)
Morning Star (Hannibal, 2003)
The Bartók Album (Hannibal, 2004)
Live at the Liszt Academy (Muzsikás)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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