Marta Sebestyen  & The Gorog Ensemble

Marta Sebestyen & The Gorog Ensemble

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The “Bridges – Hidak” project traces, discovers and presents the exact elements from the cultural exchange between Hungary and Greece. It discovers the melodious treasures which have stayed alive throughout the centuries and shows the close relation between the two nations that can be detected on the first hearing.

Biography

Márta Sebestyén (born in Budapest in 1957) grew up surrounded with music. Her mother is a music teacher and she studied with the great composer, scholar and ethnomusicologist – Zoltan Kodaly.
When Márta Sebestyén was 12 years old, she already knew that her life would be bound to music. As she has said: “… I grew up in the magic of traditional music. First, there were the songs I heard from my mother. Later on, traditional music was just there, at a breath’s distance, like a whole new world…”
She has given and is still giving concerts all over the world both as a solo artist and also as a guest performer with several Hungarian and international folk groups. Marta sang for H.M. Queen Elisabeth II., the Japanese Emperor or the Spanish Royal Family upon diplomatic events.
Since 1974, she has been awarded with many awards, both in her country and abroad. Her collaboration with the French group Deep Forest gave her a Grammy Award in 1996 at the World Music Category. She has recorded songs with Peter Gabriel and has taken part in many cinema productions. She was the voice of “The English Patient” which was awarded with 9 Oscar Awards – also for the music – in 1997.
Except for her contribution in music, Márta Sebestyén has been honored also for her contribution on spreading the tradition of Hungary. She is Honorable Member of the Hungarian Art Academy, she has been declared as an Ambassador of Hungarian Culture and in October 2010 Márta Sebestyén was awarded as “Artist for Peace” by UNESCO for “all her efforts to strengthen, through music, the dialogue among cultures, as well as mutual knowledge and understanding between peoples, the core ideals and aims of the Organization”.
Márta Sebestyén “has always been Hungary’s hidden secret. A singer, a researcher, a carrier of the rich traditional music of Hungary. Perhaps, for the majority of people, she was a singer discovered as the “Voice of the English Patient”, which was awarded with 9 Oscars or Deep Forest’s pop success “Marta’s Song”. However, for the “connaiseurs” of music, her personality stands out for two reasons: first, for the way she used to bring to the surface Hungary’s music treasures and second, for her exceptional vocal abilities that are hidden in a small body with a girl’s face. Her voice is made from a very unique material. She performs in a very exact way different songs from different time periods. And she remembers countless of them, like if this is her oxygen…”
Leonidas Antonopoulos, Passport Magazine

THE PROJECT

The “Bridges – Hidak” project traces, discovers and presents the exact elements from the cultural exchange between Hungary and Greece. It discovers the melodious treasures which have stayed alive throughout the centuries and shows the close relation between the two nations that can be detected on the first hearing.
“Bridges” project brings together the folk music of Hungary and Greece, and it is a natural progression of Marta Sebestyén’s work until the present days. The project perfectly illustrating the objective of constructing a bridge between the music of Csángós and the Epirus people – with the pentatonic scale providing a firm foundation, the Hungarian traditions of the táncház (dance hall) meet with the Zonaradiko dance originating in Thrace. The musical journey follows the path of the legendary Prince Cantemir down as far as the Bosporus, at the point where two continents meet.
Sofia Labropoulou has set up an excellent orchestra consisting of great Greek soloists, so as to beautifully present the wealth of all of these rich musical traditions.
The worldwide premiere of the project took place in Thessaloniki as a part of the Hungarian participation in T.I.F. – Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (September 2010) and was absolutely successful. It has also been rewarded with a brilliant concert in Budapest (Palace of Arts – MUPA, November 2011) that has been filmed and recorded.

Discography

ALBUMS

I Can See the Gates of Heaven... (2009)

High Days: Hungarian Christmas Folk Songs (2000)

Dudoltam (2000)

World Star of World Music (2000)

The Bartok Album (Muzsikas) (1999)

The Best of Márta Sebestyén (1997)

Kismet (1995)

Morning Star (Muzsikas) (1997)

Szerelmeslemez (Loverecord) (1996)

Transylvanian Portraits (1992)

Szól A Kakas Már - Magyar Zsidó Népzene /
Hungarian Jewish Folk Music (Muzsikas) (1992)

Apocrypha (1992)

Blues for Transylvania (Muzsikas) (1991)

Muzsikas (1987)

Vujicsics (1986)

István a király (1983)

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Big Blue Ball (Peter Gabriel) (2008)

Fairyland (Kati Szvorak) (2000)

Mountain Flying (Julius Dobos) (1999)

Connecting Images (Nokia) (1998)

Emigration (Karoly Cserepes) (1996)

Boheme (Deep Forest) (1995)

East Wind (Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane) (1992)