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CONTEMPORARY – what do people usually think about this word?
Let’s tell the truth: in most of the people, mentioning it provokes at least forbearance…but what do we precisely mean by contemporary?
FOR US – contemporary means the inherent present, everything that has an impact on us and everything how WE influence others around us. Growing up at this part of the world we were influenced by many things. European classical music – we grew up studying it, getting to know its classical „literature”, Hungarian and Balcanic folk music, jazz and many different genre of it. We made a detour in many different styles and the numerous experiences shaped us and our own musical style, enriched our repertory. Nowadays contemporary music gets criticized quite often: „ everything had been discovered, no perspective, it is frozen” etc. WE think that there are many ways that take us forward and we have found one that inspires us and offers new prospective. We have united everything that we had absorbed with a good grace, and we do not think about styles or labelling, we „just” play music, create, compose TODAY in the 21st century for our contemporary audience.
Pozsár Eszter – flutes, saxophone
Eichinger Tibor - guitar
Csurkulya József - cymbalo
Tibor Eichinger (Nyíregyháza, 1962. Oktober 27. -) jazz-guitarist.
He got his first guitar at the age of 13. At the beginning of the 1980’s he studied classical guitar in Debrecen. Around that time he founded his first band – Monox. They played fusion music and the members were fellow-musicians from Nyíregyháza. Later he moved to Budapest where he got acquainted with jazz. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of music in 1994 at the jazz-faculty of the institution. During the academy years he founded his first jazz band, later he took the role of band leader in several other formations. Between 1999-2005 he was the guitarist of the nationally well-known avant-garde band “Amorphous Devils”. He took part in several theatrical performances. He was the member of Wertetics Orchestra and the Bop-Art Orchestra. He wrote music for the movie “Unexpected Death” – directed by Gy0rgy Szomjas, and worked with film director András Szőke. Besides being an active musician he works as a guitar teacher as well.
His guitar style is characterized by cool and modern jazz combined with elements of free-jazz. He likes to color his music with other musical styles and likes to add electric sound as well.
Eichinger Band Üzenet a kertből Fono Rec. Inc. 1999
West and East West and East - Jazz Line ( Germany ) 2004
Balcan Ska Jazz Line ( Germany )2007
Eichinger Quartet Légúti panaszok Szerzői kiadás 2001
Timeless Life What Watch? Szerzői kiadás 2001
Pasztell szivárvány a Balkán felett ICO. ZRT. 2006
Ikrek zápor utánICO. ZRT.2008
Zozo Sharp Jazz Line( Germany )2010
Trans-formation Az egér mosolya/The Smile Of The Mouse - LV Hang 2007
Véda kertje/Veda’s Garden – ICO Zrt. 2009
Áramlás/Flow - LV Records 2015
Üzenet a Hangárból/Message from the Hangar - LV Records 2017
Tóth Sándor Quintet Csak fújom a magamét ICO.ZRT. 2010
Eichinger Trio A legöregebb Bambi lovag LV Records 2018
East 2 East Forest flower LV Records 2018
EastWing Betyár világ Fono Records 2014
Napsugár Gryllus Kiadó 2016
József Csurkulya was born in 1974 in Marosvásárhely /Tirgu-Mures in Transylvania as a scion of a cimbalom player dynasty.
His father encouraged him to learn and play cimbalom at the age of six, two years later he already took part in the performances of the National Folk Ensemble of Marosvásárhely. In the course of these years he became acquainted with the Hungarian and Romanian folk music.
For lack of classical cimbalom training at that time, József took a percussion instrument course and graduated at The Art Lyceum of Marosvásárhely in 1992. During his student years he has earned orchestral experience as a percussion instrument player of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Marosvásárhely. However, he listened more and more to jazz music and was influenced by musicians such as Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Camilo, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Dave Weckl and John Scofield.
In 1993 József continued his studies in Budapest and recieved a diploma as cimbalom maker from the Instrument Making School in 1995. From 2006 to 2010 he studied at The Franz Liszt Academy of Music and earned a degree as chamber musician and cimbalom teacher.
Since 1999 József is a member of the Hungarian band Besh o droM playing Central European folk music mixed with elements of Middle Eastern and Balkanic sounds, jazz and rock. His cimbalom music can be heard on the recordings of György Ferenczy, he performed with the band Korai Öröm band and played on one of the albums of DJ Cadik´s Membran band.
József performed in Europe, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Mexico and Canada at festivals such as Roots Festival in Tilburg, Cerkno Jazz Festival in Slovenia and the Montreal Jazz Festival where he performed several times in front of 35.000 people.
From 2009 joint work began with jazz guitarist Tibor Eichinger forming an unusual duo. Their work resulted in a number of jazz club invitations, and they participated in a successful tour in Germany. In 2014 the Eichinger-Csurkulya Project opened the Jazz Days of Szeged and has released a single album with the band Pankastic combining manouche swing and pop music. In the same year he was co-founder of the gipsy swing influenced band Swing á la Django.
In 2016 he had a succesfully collaboration with Alexander Balanescu’s Quartett and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ulm.
József´s repertoire consists of classical and folk as well as jazz music, however he likes to roam through a variety of modern electronic music trends too.
Macsó hímzés(2000)- Besh o droM
Sound&Vision(2001)- Korai Öröm
Nekemtenemmutogatol(2002)- Besh o droM
Gyí(2004)- Besh o droM
Ha megfogom az ördögöt...(2005)- Besh o droM
Kertünk alatt(2011)- Besh o droM
Cimbalom(2011)- Csurkulya József
Czardas Fantasy(2013)- Ferenc Vízi & Ensemble Cifra
Tavasz, nyár, ősz, tél(2014)- Pankastic
Gyüttmenti Táncok(2016) – Besh o droM
Swing City(2018) – Swing á la Django
2006 – 2010 The Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Chamber Musician and Cimbalom Teacher class.
1993 – 1995 The Franz Liszt College of Music, Instrument Maker class
1988 – 1992 The Art Lyceum of Marosvásárhely