Both Miklos and the Palimo Story
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Both Miklos and the Palimo Story

Budapest, Budapest, Hungary | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Budapest, Budapest, Hungary | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Message from Zánka"

Message from Zánka

Zánka lies on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, in the district of Füred. It has a population of about 800 people, and it’s historical sights are the XII. Century reformat church, but the most famous is the “Úttörő” (“Pioneer”) camp, which was opened in 1975, and was used to lodge twenty-thousand pioneers. It had it’s own beach, harbor, train stop, stadium, library, theater and gallery. Then after the regime change, new times and names for the old camp came, first Zánkai Gyermek és Ifjúsági Centrum, then it got named Zánka Új Nemzedék Központ. This is where I received my invitation to, from Ragyogó Évezred Productions, in order to get to know Both Miklós and his talent search project, named, The Band.

I’ve never been to the pioneer camp at Zánka, even tough I taught in an elementary school for fifteen years, so I knew what it meant to thousands of children.
I even missed Téli Balaton, so I had a troubling nostalgic feeling as I was sitting on the bus. But I didn’t mention my outmost trust for Both Miklós. I certainly don’t have to introduce him, maybe just for the sake of professionalism. Just ten years ago, that he appeared as the guitarist for the re-established Barbaro, but for 2004 he had his own band, called Napra. Their first album, titled Jaj, a világ! got published in 2007, which opened a new chapter in the world of etno-rock. The not so well known part of Both’s carries are these roma integration workshops, which he stared with Hartyándi Jenő as a part of Mediawave and Ördögkatlan festival. With six years behind him, he came up with a plan that the producer of the television show, Életkerék, Tóth Erzsébet just jumped right at the opportunity. And at the head of the Ragyogó Évezred productions he found investors (Balog Zoltán, minister of human resources, NKA, Erzsébet Utalványforgalmazó Zrt.) his search could begin in 2013. My plan was –he said to Magyar Narancs- to visit towns and villages with mostly roma population, walk down the street and ask if they know any musicians, who can sing well, who makes music if there is a ball? Some of them heard about a good guitarist, some of them about a keyboard player. I’ve met musicians from all ages; it was truly like a strange dream.
But in the meanwhile, I experienced a terrible fear, too. I couldn’t possibly know the outcome of all this, and a huge failure was an option. If you are going straight into the unknown, with not a clue what to expect, you just feel vulnerable. The search lasted for two and a half weeks, and we had ups and downs for every day of it. I was unable to sleep, always contemplating; what if we just fail?
There were days when all we have seen was deep Hungarian depression, an on these days, we had three or four discoveries. Then we didn’t sleep also, because we were so excited. Our producers kept asking, why don’t we just start something with already known talents? And I just said, no. I said no because if there will be a TV show out of this, it must have a message, because those who already have been to our workshops already found their place. And I was curios about those who got stuck out of every possibility. I insisted on this, because that’s the only was it matters. I had a feeling we would find exceptional talent and fates out of the radars, so to say. And from that point on, they supported my plan.

From day one, four of them travelled the countryside; a cameraman and a sound engineer, Both and his peer Csoóri Sándor, the viola player (Buda Folk Band). The places they visited included Salgótarján, Eger, Miskolc, Nyíregyháza, Debrecen, Nagyecsed, Jászság, Mohács and Pécs. They listened to a lot of musicians along the way, and –in the words of Both- an amazing and colourful world opened to their eyes (on which viewers of m1 can gain an introspection trough a fifteen minute short film.) Long story short, the band finally came together; Sára Csobán and Gárgyán Zoltán on saxofon, Rácz Mihály on keyboards, Milák Richárd solo guitar, Kállai Géza bass, Báder János cymbalo, Balogh Tamás Cérna tambourine, Horváth Péter on drums, also Bíró Márta and Oláh Dániel with the vocals (but Both Miklós and Csoóri Sándor play their parts).

Back at Zánka, we get a taste of the movie first. Thirty or so of us, mostly from the media profession, festival organisers, publishers, people from the movie industry, radio editors and journalists too. “This is an extraordinary story!” I blared right after the screening, and they didn’t even play a note yet. Sometimes a smile or a look can be a tiny fragment of a self statement. Báder János got his first percussionist stick at the age of five, but he didn’t have a cymbal to use it on, so he could only “play” on chairs. Bíró Márta felt it that for the first time in her life, that something is happening to her for which she waited all her life. And so on, the torrent of emotions swirled. The only question remains; what next? Both Miklós answered; “does the band have a future, or can we be interesting in a festival, is a question of the future. Our funding was enough for the search, a recording session for an album, a professional DVD recording and an album debut concert. We have no idea what will come next. I asked the members of the band to take it as an “exchange holiday”. Take it as a student going abroad, gains a few experiences, and then heads home. Unsure what to do with the new experience, but at least he got to see a new setting. May I add; we could assemble at least ten more bands like mine. Or a hundred, I don’t know. But one’s attitude towards us shouldn’t be like an attitude to a practically working band- our band is a message; you have to see the difference. Our goal was to give the opportunity to these musicians to take part in a project like this, so they can challenge themselves, so they can learn how to stand on a stage, how to work in a studio or how a video clip is made. I know that this has not resolved anything, but that was all the power I had. Only this huge message will remain. A crucial aspect was that youngsters should be taken out of different towns. We didn’t really wanted them to befriend each other, all we wanted was to have them come from everyone, so they can feel how many talent is scattered trough the country. So they don’t have to be scared of being left behind”

From the ninety minute long footage, which they produced over two and a half weeks, we’ve been shown fifteen minutes. All the songs have been composed by Both, partly for Napra band, and some written directly for The Band. What stood out at the Napra band song was, how easily they interiorized it for themselves. It worked, it sounded great, and it really made a statement about The Band. If you put it that way, their story just got a little more extraordinary. Just think about it; after two weeks of rehearsals, they played on “real gear”, as a “real band” in front of a “real audience”, and yet they played from their soul, feverishly and in absolute funk.
What happens next will yet to come to light.
But anyhow, I had a feeling that members of The Band have tasted redemption. In two weeks time, or in those fifteen minutes on stage, who knows? But they put out everything on that certain table.

What will come next is based on either the work of the devil, or some guardian angel. - Marton László "Távolodó"


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Both Miklos and the Palimo Story - The first album of the band is coming out at the beginning of May 2014.

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Both Miklos is a Fonogram
Award winning composer, performer, vocalist/guitarist of the bands Both Miklos Folkside and Napra, and has already represented Hungary at WOMEX 2011 among other well-known
musicians.
The liveliness of Miklos's personality, his stage
presence and his achievements speak for a high-standard musical performance with
great artistic values.

His
latest project is called Palimo Story.

Last year he travelled around Hungary
in order to find talented young musicians and relied only on word of mouth. Ten
artists have been found as a result, including seven Roma musicians.

Palimo Story supports the cooperation between cultures,
devoted to encourage tolerant social behaviour. The band has a unique style. The
importance of traditions is represented in their music in a way which could
entertain even the younger generation.

The band members:
BOTH Miklos - Project leader, composer, guitarist
CSOORI Sandor - Viola
BIRO Marti - Vocal
BALOG Tamas - Tambur
BADER Janos - Dulcimer
GARGYAN Zoltan - Brass/Saxofon
HORVATH Peter - Drums
KALLAI Geza - Bassist
MILAK Richard - Guitar
OLAH Daniel - Vocal
SARA Csoban - Brass/Saxofon
RACZ Richard - Keyboardist

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