Csaba Toth Bagi

Interview with Guitarist Csaba Toth Bagi

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.

Raised in Serbia in a family of musicians who settled in southern Hungary in 1993, Csaba’s father started him on the piano at the age of 6, and by age 12 he had found his voice writing and recording guitar. At the age of 16, he recorded his first Blues album Crazy Clock (1997), featuring Tibor Tatrai, the most respected Hungarian Blues guitarist. The album won great acclaim from European critics, who described him as “the Hungarian Gary Moore”.

The album was soon followed by four more releases: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix(1999), Kell, Hogy Hazudj (2000), Another Blues World (2003) and Nelkuled (Without You) (2006), a melodic collection of vocal compositions influenced by traditional Hungarian style.

According to his biography: “Csaba has been touring and performing throughout Eastern Europe with his bands which often include traditional Gypsy instrumentalists.

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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.”

The gig GI readers can watch entirely for free, was recorded at the National Theatre of Szeged, Hungary on the 18 th of December 2011 and previews his most recent project Aved Ivenda, which comprises original compositions combining traditional Macedonian, Serbian and Hungarian melodies and rhythms into a Jazz structure.

We think Csaba is quite exceptional and we’re not alone. Dave Weckl said: “It’s always inspiring and a treat for the ears to hear influences from many cultures all mixed into song compositions. Csaba’s writing certainly falls into this category, and a treat it is! His sound is rich, his playing is great, and I had a fun time performing on the songs I played on. Bravo!”

And Al Di Meola, who makes a guest appearance on this video said: “I hear in this spirited music offering from Serbian- Hungarian born guitarist, Csaba Toth Bagi his own claim to his roots and influences that are truly bountiful!”

Or thanks to Csaba Toth Bagi for allowing us to broadcast this gig and also to Rose Kaszas- Toth who has worked so tirelessly to make possible.


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