The Magony Orchestra was found in 2001 to lively perform Ferenc Kovács's
same titled solo album. We have been continuously enlarging our
repertory with our own compositions and special elaborations of
well known Hungarian
folk songs. The leader and the composer of the orchestra is Ferenc
Kovács. Its musical style can be best described by the expression
"contemporary rustic music".
Ferenc Kovács's career has been very many-sided up to this day. Let alone
his classical, modern, jazz and folk studies he plays actively with
many kinds of orchestras today as well (Djabe, Dresch Quartet, Balogh
Kálmán Gipsy Cimbalom
Band, etc.). He found very highly qualified partners playing different
musical trends to play the "magony" style fermented in him. Sándor
Budai was brought
up in the Rajkó Orchestra, and he is an open minded musician who
has dazzled people with the famous Hungarian gipsy music all over
Kálmán Oláh has graduated lately, and he was an important personality in the
Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. His knowledge proves that the qualification
of musicians is traditionally outstanding in Hungary. Beáta Salamon is one
of the best folk violinists and tradition keepers of today (Méta band, State
Folk Ensemble). Csaba Novák was also brought up in the Rajkó Orchestra, and
he accompanies the greatest leaders of gipsy bands.
Unfortunately there is less and less need for the gipsy music which is unique
in the world. Ferenc Németh, who graduated at the medical faculty of the university,
has been a folk dancer, an artistic director, a folk musician. He has got
many invitations because he can sing in a way which is full of emotions, free
from mannerisms, and fosters culture.
The aim of the Magony is to express the ancient Hungarian emotions living
inside us in a Hungarian way, fusing the classical, the gipsy and
our folk traditions. The first concert of the orchestra was held on the 22th
2001 in the Mu Theatre, as an opening for the late Ferenc Kovács's
exhibition of Magony sculpture portraits.