GYEZZ ALBUM RELEASE

JUNE 28, 2024

Resilience in Harmony:

A Note from the Band

In the midst of global turmoil, our band emerged as a robust force, surmounting challenges and uncertainties. In the chaos, our music became the catalyst for hope and inspiration. We remained steadfast in our commitment to our craft as the resonance illuminated the darkness, reigniting our collective spirit. In less than 24 hours, in Budapest, we harnessed the power of our musical synergy. Crafting an unforgettable testament to resilience and creativity, with Chris Potter's special guest appearance adding a unique dimension to our album.


The album embodies the transformative power of music, offering solace and inspiration to all who seek refuge in its melodies. We extend our deepest gratitude to Chris Potter for his extraordinary talent. His involvement in making music together with us is one of the greatest honors in the band's history. For embarking on this journey with us, special thanks to you, our listeners. May our music serve as a guiding light through life's turbulent waters.

RELEASE PLANNING

APRIL 26: SINGLE 1 - SPOON

MAY 24: SINGLE 2 - HID

JUNE 28: GYEZZ ALBUM

SINGLE ARTWORK

TRACKLIST + CREDITS

LIRAS

The musical material of the composition consists of three layers: motivic music based on Balkan asymmetrically rhythmic dances, a Greek 7/16 Serra dance originally played with a lyre, and improvisation. Interestingly, some motifs from one of Rachmaninoff's liturgical choral works appear in the music.The form also consists of three parts:

The first part is alternating rhythmic motivic music, which plays with the elements of the mentioned layers. From the second part, the basic pulsation is the fast 7/8. Here enters the tenor saxophone. The long improvisation turns the continuously murmuring asymmetric Serra dance rhythm upside down with its unique sound. Then the melody of Serra sounds with Moldavian kaval and tapan drums. Finally, in the concluding part, the trumpet elevates this long, agitated murmur to another dimension with a quote from a liturgical chant.

Orchestration: clarinet, tenor saxophone (feat. Chris Potter), trumpet, accordion, Moldavian kaval, cello tambura, kontra tambura, double bass, tapan


SPOON

A bit Balkan, a bit jazz, music between East and West.

The melodies of Spoon were heard from the legendary saxophone king from Sutka, Ferus Mustafov, during one of our jam sessions. But in this composition, it transformed, sometimes grotesque, sometimes jazzy, but rather Gyezz-like. The full title: Sketches of Spoon.

Orchestration: trumpet, clarinet, tenor saxophone (feat. Chris Potter), cello tambura, alt tambura, accordion, double bass


HÍD

The focus of the composition is on improvisation. The stunning jazz tenor solos are made even more special by the Balkan rhythms and orchestration, evoking the music accompanying traditional, trance-inducing circle dances.

The musical process starts meditatively, with a deep-toned, slow Balkan rhythm. Bulgarian kaval, trumpet, and tenor saxophone respond to each other. Then the music turns into a fast, čoček dance-like rhythm.

Instruments: Bulgarian kaval, trumpet, tenor saxophone (feat. Chris Potter), alto saxophone, hulusi, accordion, kontra tambura, double bass, darbuka, tapan

WRAP

The wRap is built from Macedonian folk music elements. In terms of form, it resembles a rap without lyrics, at least at the beginning: between the refrains, two simple harmonies are constantly repeated, over which the instruments "rap" alternately. In the second part, the instruments play the melody together, like the Macedonian zurnas.

Orchestration: clarinet, trumpet, accordion, double bass, darbuka, tapan


ALLEGRO BARBARO 

An arrangement for tambura orchestra of one of Béla Bartók's most popular piano pieces (Allegro barbaro, Sz. 49, BB 63, W 29). Classical music with folk instruments.

Orchestration: first tambura, alt tambura, kontra tambura, cello tambura, double bass


RIBA

Riba is our own composition; its first version appeared on the band's previous album, "Nyolc8Nyolc," in a completely different orchestration. The music is based on a collection of Macedonian zurnas, with motifs of this 7/8 music played unusually with tamburas. New motifs emerge from the motifs, as the accompaniment is continuously changing, and by the end, the orchestration and the starting melodies also transform. Orchestration: first tambura, alt tamburas, kontra tambura, trumpet, alto saxophone, accordion, double bass, darbuka.


LAURA

A well-known jazz standard by David Raksin. In 1945. The melody is played with a tambura orchestra, could be like a restaurant gypsy band, for example, from the famous "Kovács" dynasty members (from whom Söndörgő learned so much). The time travel is not interrupted by the tenor solo. It's as if one of the jazz legends stepped into the restaurant. Orchestration: first tambura, alt tamburas, kontra tambura, accordion, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, double bass


ROMÁN

From Béla Bartók's work "Romanian Folk Dances" (Sz. 56, BB 68), an adaptation of two dances, Poarga românească and Mărunțelul, for shepherd's flute, brac tambura, and double bass.

Interestingly, while the accompaniment follows Bartók's harmonies, the melody deviates from the written bars at times because the decorations and variations follow the original folk music style used by Bartók.

VIDEO CLIPS

CREDITS

Artist Söndörgő

Featuring Chris Potter

Product Number

Title Gyezz

Release Meta Language: English

Release Date: 06/28/2024

Sales Date: 6/28/2024

Pre-order Date: 4/26/2024

Label Ground UP Music

Imprint GroundUP Music LLC

C Information 2024 GroundUP Music LLC

Format Full Length

UPC 198391630200

Produced By SöNDöRGő

Recorded at Supersize Recording, Budapest by Balázs Róbert and Tibor Lahó

Mixed at ...

Mixed by Balázs Róbert

Mastered at Proper Prent Sound

Mastered by Darcy Proper

Country of Recording: Hungary

Nationality of Original Copyright Owner: Hungarian

Copyright organisation Artisjus

Genre World, Jazz

Sub Genre Jazz/Folk/ Balkan

Territory World

Explicit Lyrics No

Artwork By

CREDITS

Ábel Dénes – Double bass, Tapan

Áron Eredics – First tambura, Cello tambura, Derbuka, Tapan

Benjamin Eredics – Kontra tambura, Trumpet

Dávid Eredics – Alto tambura, Clarinet, Alto saxophone, Kaval

Salamon Eredics – Alto tambura, Accordion, Hulusi, Frula

FEATURING - Chris Potter on tracks 1,2,5,8