Csaba Toth Bagi (Serbia/Hungary)
Guitarist and singer Csaba Toth Bagi has been a fixture of the Hungarian music scene since his teenage years, well known for his powerful voice and his soulful and technically brilliant guitar playing. His rootsy blues and jazz style is greatly influenced by his Balkan upbringing, his Hungarian musical education and his years touring internationally with renowned guitarist Al Di Meola. Raised in Serbia in a family of musicians who later settled in southern Hungary in 1993 during the Yugoslavian war. Csaba recorded his first blues album at the age of 16. Other new albums followed including “A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix” and “Nelkuled (Without You),” a melodic collection of vocal compositions influenced by traditional Hungarian style with a pop delivery. Csaba has been touring and performing throughout Eastern Europe with his bands which often include traditional Gypsy instrumentalists. In 2004, his trio CsaboWabo was chosen to represent Hungary at the Jazz in the Park European Union Exhibition and Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally he worked with Ennio Morricone as musical director and guitar player at the National Theatre and Open Air Theatre of Szeged, Hungary. Currently Csaba is finishing his latest project of original compositions combining traditional Macedonian, Serbian and Hungarian melodies and rhythms into a jazz structure. The project has excited the attention of US jazz musicians Al Di Meola, Dave Weckl, Ernie Adams and Butch Thomas; Cuban percussionist Gumbi Ortiz; Italian accordionist Fausto Beccalossi and Macedonian keyboard player Vasil Hadzimanov, who have all added their own personal style to this unique fusion recording.
When: Sunday, September 25
Where: Drom on 85 Ave A (Between 5th and 6th Streets) in Manhattan
Admission: Advance $15, at door $20
Contact: (212) 777-1157