Marta Sebestyen Kismet
- Released: February 1, 1996
- Label: Hannibal
Entertainment Weekly - 2/9/96, p.54"...the gifted Hungarian singer zigzags from Ireland to India, bring[ing] us closer to a 21st-century inevitability
--one big worldwide music culture, into which regional sounds are absorbed..." - Rating: B
Q - 3/96, p.1034 Stars - Excellent - "...one more global experiment that works quite beautifully..."
JazzTimes - 4/96, p.63"...KISMET spans the globe, lovingly and with a loving spirit....There is a cohesion within exploration here..."
Dirty Linen - 4-5/96, pp.57-59"...an effort to be highly praised..."
Sing Out! - 5-6-7/96, p.152"...Nobody else has a voice like this: low but sharp as a knife, with a wide, easy vibrato, perfect diction and lazy, looping, Byzantine ornaments..."
The Beat - V.15 #3 1996, p.70"Time stands still, the compass needle spins at random, and Sebestyen stops the world in its tracks with some of the most heart-felt and moving 'people' music to be heard anywhere on the planet."
- 1.Devoiko Mome
- 2.Sino Moi
- 3.Leaving Derry Quay / Eleni
- 4.Gold, Silver or Love
- 5.Hindi Lullabye
- 6.The Shores Of Loch Brann / Hazafele
- 7.If I Were a Rose :: Ha En Rozsa Volnek
- 8.Imam Sluzhba :: The Conscript
Personnel: Marta Sebestyen, Andras Berecz (vocals); Nikola Parov (guitar, bouzouki, gadulka, kaval, koboz, flute, whistle, keyboards, bass, drums, tambura, programming); Peter Eri (mandola); Zoltan Lantos (violin); Kornel Horvath (percussion).
Recorded at Dorozsmai Studio, Budapest, Hungary.
Personnel: M rta Sebesty‚n (vocals); Andras Berecz (vocals); Nikola Parov (whistling, guitar, bouzouki, tamboura, gadulka, flute, kaval, clarinet, keyboards, tambourine, drum programming, koboz); Peter Eri (mandola, mandolin); Zolt n Lantos (violin); Karoly Horvath, Kornel Horvath (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jerry Boys; Joe Boyd.
Recording information: Dorozsmai Studio, Budapest, Hungary.
Photographer: Ray Burmiston.
Translator: L szl¢ Nagy.
Unknown Contributor Role: Nikola Parov.
Arrangers: M rta Sebesty‚n; Nikola Parov; Peter Eri.
Though this is listed as a M rta Sebesty‚n solo album, it is more a collaboration between singer Sebesty‚n and multi-instrumentalist Nikola Parov, who plays just about every instrument on the CD. Both are artists with roots in Hungarian music and wide familiarity with the music of many other cultures, and both show stellar skills and inspiration on this album. To call the music fusion is correct but misleading. To most people fusion means elements from many cultures tossed together for an effect that may be original, but not representative of any particular tradition. Kismet is something else altogether. When M rta Sebesty‚n croons a lullaby in Hindi, she does it to a melody that is straight from India, no matter that some of the instrumentation is native to other countries. When that lullaby shifts into a lightly jazzy instrumental, the Indian component of the music comes along for the ride, and it flavors the whole piece. The same is true of other works here, which are rich in character. This is world music fusion as an expression of culture, at the same time as it is an expression of the universality of some ideas and emotions. It takes an excellent musician to conceive of such pieces, and exceptional performers to move between such ideas without losing a sense of thematic unity. A lesser virtuoso than Parov and a lesser song interpreter than Sebesty‚n would have turned out a blend that was bland. Instead, this release is as successful as it is daring, which is an extraordinary achievement. ~ Richard Foss
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