Makám is a band whose history is as branded by continuity as it by constant renewal. As this history began 30 years ago, we can add without a moment's reflection that this is an institution, perhaps even a "godfather”, of Hungarian music. Even before the band's formation, founder Zoltán Krulik had already been a key figure in the genre still known as progressive folk, first as a member of CSÖ, then of Makám and Kolinda - and the music of these bands is anything but a relic from the past as... their influence is still strong. CSÖ, for example, was playing the folk music of a virtual village at a time when this was still considered heresy, while Makám and Kolinda melded vocal folk music and instrumental ethno-jazz in a manner that was previously inconceivable.
Tradition and modernity, the intertwining of Eastern European, Balkan, Asian, Middle Eastern and African roots, the fusion of ethno-jazz and contemporary repetitive music, acoustic and electronic sounds, arrived by the end of the 90s at such unavoidable albums as Közelítések, DiverTimento Café Babel. Makám later turned to vocal folk music in the company of a litany of sparkling female singers that included Irén Lovász, Szilvia Bognár, Bea Palya, Ági Szalóki and Erika Lázár, producing thematic "songbooks” like SkanZen, Anzix, 9 Colinda, Szindbád and Almanach, in which Krulik's own compositions took on the timbre and weight of reworked ancient folk songs. Over the past five years, the ensemble has taken a new turn by restructuring and rejuvenating itself. Its freshness can be keenly felt in its albums Yanna Yova and Robinzon Kruzo, which have opened up the doors to new styles like reggae, blues, pop and rock.
It would be impossible to show all sides of this incredible rich back catalogue in the course of a single concert. The band itself wished to concentrate 'only' on the vocal hits of the past 15 years, bringing together their outstanding performers for the occasion. Then again, this is exactly what we were hoping for.
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