Five compositions for a 14 piece ensemble written by Szilard Mezei
The expression Nd (Reed) comes from a Hungarian riddle about a child who heals the broken leg of a stork with “whistle, drum and reed fiddle". The material for this album is the third part of the trilogy whose CDs are titled as Whistle, Drum and Reed. The complete material tries to open a wide perspective which embraces contemporary classical music (Hep 1, Stairs of Cassavetes) , Eastern and Hungarian traditional and folk music (Wooden Sword, Circle Saw, Flat Ground, Rain Horses, Petition) and afro American traditions(Jungle Cat, Circle Saw, Hep2, Flat Ground). Naturally, these inspirations are not separated within the music. As far as the musical aspect of the material is concerned, I can say that it is a summary of the traditions that were defining for me, without the intention of being a comprehensive statement or retrospection. I was inspired by the opportunity of working with a larger band.
Svetlana Novakovic (flute); Emoke Zakany (oboe); Bogdan Rankovic (alto sax, bass clarinet); Slobodan Dragas (trumpet); Branislav Aksin (trombone); Kornel Papista (tuba); Szilard Mezei (viola); Albert Markos (cello); Victor Molnar (cello); Ivan Burka (vibraphone, marimba, xilophone); Milan Aleksic (piano, celesta); Ervin Malina (double bass); Hunor G. Szabo (drums, marimba); Istvan Csik (drums, percussion)