Sándor Szabó

Performing artist, Composer, Music researcher

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Sándor Szabó performing artist, composer, music researcher

was born in 1956 in Törökszentmiklós. He began his studies on classical guitar with a private teacher. From the mid-seventies, his attention was directed towards jazz and improvisation. At the beginning of the eighties, he studied in Budapest at the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Academy of Music as a visiting student. Even then, he felt that he should not learn improvisation tied to a single style, but should synthesize within himself all the musical influences that his receptivity and sensitivity allow him to get close to and develop his improvisation skills based on this. Immersion in Far Eastern music provided him with the best breeding ground for this. We can follow the artist publicly from 1980. He was the first in Hungary to start playing solo modern acoustic guitar music. He attracted attention mainly abroad with his unique playing combining the technique of stringed instruments from various cultures, his modern pieces and his deep spirituality. His records were released in Hungary, England, Italy, Venezuela, Canada, the United States, and Germany. Since 1998, he has traveled almost all over the world, giving concerts in Australia, Japan, Korea, India, Central Asia, Canada, Venezuela, the United States and, of course, Europe.

He primarily defines himself as a composer who performs his own works on his instruments. As a musician, he considered György Szabados to be his spiritual master. The intellectual legacy of Béla Hamvas, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and Ramana Maharshi had a great influence on his thinking. He is particularly interested in the idea of mystical intuition, in which one of the levels of knowing the world is fulfillment in intuition and meditation. That is why he considers improvisation to be the most profound form of creation. All his compositions are based on improvisation. Through inspiration, the hidden depths of the Universe are revealed as a projection of the invisible but perceptible expanses of the world. In his music, the ancient and the modern appear at the same time. His ideal is a timeless, complex musicality fed by ancient sources, a message inherent in the common nature of sounds and silence.

In 2010, he composed and presented his first large-format Hungarian guitar work, Hungarian Guitar Rhapsody, and released it on CD. In 2016, he completed the 3rd part of the album series summarizing the art of the 16-string guitar. In 2017, he created his contemporary music album entitled 21st Century Lute, where he plays modern music on various lutes. At the request of the US based Greydisc Records, he presented a special electro/acoustic music concept on the album Ethereal I, made together with Kevin Kastning, for which he received Grammy nominations in several categories in 2018 on 3 more Greydisc Records records, on which he also worked as a composer, guitarist and sound engineer. is included. Today, his playing can be heard on nearly 100 records.

Sándor Szabó is an experimental musician, a constant researcher of the sonic possibilities of the instrument and the limits of the music that can be played on it. From the nineties, he intensively studied the hitherto untapped possibilities inherent in digital effect processors and the electric guitar, and by reshaping the pure sound of the electric guitar, he created exciting, novel sounds, which can be heard on the albums of the Echolocation and
Ethereal series.

He has been collecting, studying and researching Eastern music since the 1980s. During this time, he learned to play several oriental instruments. Knowing the principles and aesthetic systems, historical and geographical connections of Eastern - especially Indian and Persian - classical music, they were led to a theory that our Eastern ancestors had a high-quality classical culture in both music and dance. In his current music, he intuitively brings up the possible interpretations of the music of our ancestors that can be recalled today. His research method corresponds to that of an archaeologist who is able to reassemble objects from long ago from fragments. As a result of several decades of research, his Eastern- inspired music can also be heard on audio recordings. He regularly gives lectures from his musical writings at Eastern music conferences in Baku, Samarkand and Shakrishabz.

He has published 3 books so far. In 2011, the Metaphysics of Music, in 2015, in 2015, in the volume of the study Enélõ Õskelet, and in 2017, in 2017, the volume of the study entitled Musical Philosophies. Inspirations from the Middle and Far East appear in his writings and music, a new awareness of the roots of ancient Hungarian music, classical concepts and forms, and the free flow of music and thought in improvisation. His artistic career is the search for eternal passages between the chasms of various cultures and human ways of thinking.

In recent years, guitars have been replaced by various oriental instruments (esraj, guzheng, baglama, lute), and the polyphony of his music has been replaced by modality and performance rooted in ancient musicality. Wherever he performs, as a "Western-Eastern musician", his concerts are almost ritualistic, his music, which evokes special moods and creates presence, offers a real spiritual initiation and elevates its listeners to the dimension of

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