The house of jazz has many rooms. The band ZoZo resides in one of them since 2010. The objective that the four band members follow is an unexpected and amazing fusion of Western and Eastern sounds, beats and grooves. With the current production "SQUARED" the band opts for an approach that is firmly rooted in jazz. At the same time the compositions of the two guitarists, Stefan Varga and Tibor Eichinger, touch different musical regions.
On this trip, the unmistakable musical compass has oriented influences from jazz, rock, classical and ethnic elements. Driving grooves, sophisticated improvisations, also some times in between, a hearty rock riff sound and flashes of the Balkans - like a thread crossing the pre-pasted borders of genre is typical for the "ZoZo" sound. With gigs all over Europe, proves how well the formation of this alternative concept to conventional jazz categories functions.
The German-Hungarian guitar duet (Tibor Eichinger / Stefan Varga) "West and East, is the core and the origin of the band "ZoZo" that was founded in 2005. The same named CD production has caught the attention of international jazz scene. The repertoire, consisting of own composition, is a combination of jazz, avant-garde and traditional folk music from the Balkans. In 2010, the duo expanded to the quartet ZoZo. The newly formed band follows this musical combination rigorously.
The duo "West and East" has already attended numerous appearances at international festivals (MOL Jazz Festival Budapest 2008 / Valley of the Arts, Kapolcs) and radio recordings (Jazz at the Marble Hall, Hungarian Radio, Hessischer Rundfunk JAZZ NOW, etc.), which received enthusiastic reviews. 2009 appeared in "Balkan ska", an acclaimed live recording of the Budapest Jazz Festival.
Tibor Eichinger - guitars / composition,
born in Nyíregyháza, studied at the Béla Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Music Academy. Acquired Europe-wide recognition as a bandleader, composer and guitarist since he first founded his jazz quartet in 1994. Besides he has also played at the Ensemble Kréta Kör, film music for Györy Szomjas and András Szöke, has also performaned with Gabor Gado and the Bop-Art Orchestra. Jazz Albums: Üzenet a kertbol, What watch, Légúti panaszok.
Stefan Varga - guitars / composition
studied in Wiesbaden and Mainz classical and jazz guitar. Has since worked together with many bands from the jazz and rock music scene e.g. Pacemakers, Spellbound, Meadow Jam. He has also written film scores for ARTE / ZDF. Played solo concerts, club tours and appearances at international festivals such as Sziget-Festival, Folklore im Garten and was also involved in projects with Schauspiel Frankfurt and the Wiesbaden Big Band as well as numerous CD Production recordings.
István Megyaszay - bass
born in Tokai, studied at the music school Köbánja and in Budapest. Lived temporarily in Australia and appeared with ensembles such as Satis Christian Zenekara (Australia), Nikola Parov Balkan Syndicate and Bop Secret. He gained experience as a band leader in the Linda Kiraly band. With Beloop Image he was able to make a successful excursion into the fusion jazz
Csaba Gavallér - drums
born in Budapest, learned drums e.g. at Nesztor Ivan Szani János, Baló István and Ed Thigpen. Played since 1987 with bassist Péter Nagy and in bands such as The Cotton Club Singers, Wei Wu Wei, a Public Ice, Myrtill & Friends and much more As a member of the Improvisational-Orchestra Jessica, various formations Tibor Eichinger and on many CDs and his implementation formative influences from jazz and contemporary music can be heard.
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