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Ferenc Snetberger

Born in 1957 in northern Hungary, guitarist/composer Ferenc Snétberger was the youngest son of a family of musicians. Early on his father, a guitar player also, became his role model. Snétberger studied classical music and jazz guitar. Today he is best known for his art of improvising and his crossing of stylistic borders. His music is inspired by the Roma tradition of his home country, Brazilian music and flamenco as well as classical guitar playing and jazz. He made numerous albums as a leader, co- leader and sideman and has toured all over Europe as well as Japan, Korea, India and the United States. In 1995 he composed his Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, "In Memory of My People", on the occasion the fiftieth year following the end of the holocaust. Inspired by melodies of the gypsy tradition, the concerto is a powerful statement against human suffering. It has been performed by the composer himself with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany and also at the New York UN headquarters (International Holocaust Memorial Day, 2007). Ferenc Snétberger performed Luciano Berios Sequenza XI (for solo guitar) as well as concertos with orchestra by Vivaldi, Rodrigo, and John McLaughlin. He also wrote music for film and theater. In 2002 Snétberger was appointed freeman of his birth town and two years later received the Hungarian Order of Merit. In 2005 he was awarded the Liszt Ferenc Prize in Budapest, 2013 the Prima Díj, 2014 the Kossuth Díj. In 2004 Snétberger founded his new trio with legendary Norwegian bass player Arild Andersen and Norway-based Italian drummer/percussionist Paolo Vinaccia. With natural ease and on the highest level the three of them bring together choice compositions, technical skills, improvisational drive and musical fantasy. Released in fall 2005, their debut album "Nomad" was greeted with enthusiasm by critics and listeners. Snétbergers cooperation with Markus Stockhausen started in 1999 with "Landscapes", a duo suite recorded for Snétbergers album "For My People". In three movements the musicians immediately create a language of their own showing their talents in an amazing way. "They come along lightly and yet filled with melancholy - and they give the impression that one day they simply had to meet in order to make this music happen. You cant help but hope this cooperation will be continued soon," Ralf v.d. Kellen wrote in Intro magazine. Eight years later during which Snétberger and Stockhausen have further been stimulating each other artistically, their duo album "Streams" finally proves their development.

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UK and US reviewers on the trio album Titok Titok is the latest offering from ECM. And it is remarkable in the wholeness of ist realization. ... He wrote all 13 songs here, and they reflect diverse influences: Roma music („Alom“); Europaen classical („Renaissance“); Latin („Orange Tango“); jazz (most of the rest). But these cultural references are almost incidental to Snétberger´s encompassing aestethic. Titok is warm, elegant music, unassuming inits romaticism, firm in ist substance, organic in ist natural, unhurried flow. In seperable from allue of this album is ECM´s excellent recorded sound. The sonic glow of Snétberger´s acoustic nylon-string guitar is as sensual as a caress. Five of the 13 pieces are in-studio improvisations. They sound almost a jewel-like and complete as longstanding Snétberger compositions like „Kék Kerék“ wich is a quietly dramatic unfolding of inevitable melody. The rythm section here assures that Snétberger´s light touch will be applied in a context of intesity. Bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Joey Baron have appeared on many ECM recordings but never together.. baron´s brushes are like flickering fire. Jormin is a special atmospheric recource, offering haunting pizzicato on „Álom“, lingering arco on „Leolo“ and resonat blends with Snétberger´s guitar throughout. Thomas Conrad, Jazztimes Magazin October 2017 What really impresses is the lovely balance struck between, on the one hand, the natural empathy between the leader and his fellow trio members, double bassist, Anders Jormin, and drummer Joey Baron, and, on the other, the ever melodic spontaneous conversations that the trio enter into. […] Quietly, this album gently gets under the skin and slowly, but surely, occupies the soul. There is nothing overtly flashy about Ferenc Snétberger’s style of playing. Just an overriding feeling of deep musicality. Tim Stenhouse, UK Vibe

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Hallgató

ECM Records
2021

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Titok

ECM Records
2017

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In Concert

ECM Records
2016

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Streams

Enja Records
2007

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Nomad

Enja Records
2006

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Nomad

Enja Records
2005

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