Songs run upwards under the round Moon. The song is a ladder, a path of prayer.
With this round disk, in the upwards rain of voices we are calling You to have a bath, freshen up in the music that turns towards the sky. The songs of our CD are thrumming, running songs – from the awakening of the heart, through the love ballads, to the prayer of peace, they buzz through several points of life. The soul moves, the body riots, awakens to dance: It is looking for its mate: Everything! The heart’s roses twist in the upwards dance: peace, tameness, servitude flourish…
The members of our band have taken part in many ancient celebrations, took a dip in the dawn of music and they are not only researching the formal world of traditional music but the possibilities of its ritual role in our modern world as well… The songs of our CD carry the throbbing desire towards reaching the center, the sweat of searching for the spiritual way, just like the dancing prayers during the old-old celebrations…In traditional cultures music and dance served the connection to the center on a daily basis. The Band’s songs in this sense are close to the world of rituals: there is a thirst for them in today’s world. The orchestration is also traditional because of this, and what is truly special: that it is especially dancer, albeit spiritual, while the devotion and fun are the most serious in traditional rites, prayer and dance appear together: “What goes around comes around.”…
The ending song of our CD is a multilingual peace-prayer: our singers of African, Arabic, Roma and Hungarian heritage are praying for peace and brotherhood between people, in English, Arabic Lovari Gipsy and Hungarian languages.
Our hearts beat together: music is a bridge! Oh, if it could be a bridge between nation and nation, bridge between people and Everything!
Members of the Band:
Balogh Guszti (ének - vocal)
Draskóczy Lídia (hegedű - violin)
Gulyás Anna (ének - vocal)
Ölvedi Gábor (ütőhangszerek, ének - percussion, vocal)
Szlama László (ének, koboz, citera - vocal, hungarian lute, zitar)
Alex Torres (Perú) (gitár, baglama - guitar, baglama)
Vajdovich Árpád (nagybőgő, basszusgitár, vokál - contrabass, bassguitar, vocal)
Guessous Majda Mária
és hangszeres muzsikus-barátaink: and our Instrumental-musician friends:
Cserta Balázs (szaxofon, klarinét)
Gábos Barna (bambusz -és fa fuvolák)
Kerényi Róbert (furulya, töröksíp
Kertész Endre (cselló)
Gerzson János (oud, baglama, ney)
The best of Hungary’s world musicians work together the most relieving way in this charismatic group. HolddalaNap performs perfectly elaborated songs on the curly road between Hungarian folk music and flamenco music. What is even more special is the fact, that at their concerts they mix playfulness and ritual the most amazing way.” (Szimpla, 2017)
The group HolddalaNap ('MoonSingsSun', or 'The Moon with the Sun') was founded by well-known and experienced Hungarian folk musicians. Their debut album Dandala was released under one of top labels of Hungary: the Gryllus Kiadó, and has been recommended to the world music album nominees at Hungarian Grammy: Fonogram award in 2015.
They were among the 10 groups who represented Hungarian world music in Fono Café, the 0th day before the WOMEX 2015 in Budapest.
The leading Hungarian music journal listed the album among the top releases of the Year.
“The first impression of Dandala is their collective belief in the power of playing and singing together, and the love for each ethnic musical tradition as they bring it under a common denominator, while making all of these traditions they own as they build it into their own sound. What they do in the song Hold és felhő (‘Moon and Cloud’) should be taught in a world music class. The final song on the album (Itt ülök fenn kerek mennyben ‘I sit here in Round Heaven’) which is a cover of a Transylvanian prayer, is one of the best thing what happened in the modern folk scene lately.” (Lángoló Gitárok)
The group brings together own poetry and essence of traditional music, they add a lot of improvisation and wonderful singing, and create their unique sound by using authentic folk instrumentslike Hungarian lute, zither, kaval, ney, tilinkó, bagpipe, zurna, violin, daf, guitar, baglama, etc.
They work with two brilliant Romani singers, who sang with great success also in different WOMEXs: Guszti Balogh is a member of the group, and Monika Lakatos was the guest singer of their first album: she was one of the singers in the opening ceremony of WOMEX 2015 in Budapest.
The voices of the Hungarian singer and composer of the songs, Anna Gulyás, fits very well with the voices of her Romani friends. It is a music born from friendships and love, and listening them, You can feel that bombastic positive energy. All the other members sing also, so sometimes You can listen to 8 voices on the stage!
The members of the ensemble travel a lot, study Hungarian folk music and the music of other regions: Bulgaria, Spain, Romania, Persia, South America etc. They are also trained in classical and jazz music.