Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Traditional Hungarian, world music
Most recent release, Best Of Márta Sebestyén (compilation, 1997)
English version of Márta Sebestyén's site
This is a very hard call. I guess there are some similarities to some of the voices and vocal stylings of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. At least, that's probably the only similar-sounding music that I am familiar with. Of course, her work with Muzsikas is similar to her solo work. (Neile)
Traditional material and covers
Márta Sebestyén is a master of traditional Hungarian singing, and has expanded her range in recent recordings with equal success. She has the nasal intonation and occasionally slightly (to western ears) discordant/mournful sound of eastern European singing, but she uses this wonderfully evocatively, particularly in the yearning music common to her culture, and can be delightfully lively in lively songs. She really is something special and unique. She's best known as "the voice in the film The English Patient" but ectophiles has been talking about her for years. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
I saw Márta Sebestyén with Muzsikas earlier this evening. It was a really stunning show, so long as you aren't put off by a little discordancy here and there. It was interesting how much more I liked the Maramaros section of the concert, since that was the music I knew best. (3/96, neal)
Recommended first album:
Best Of Márta Sebestyén would probably be a good starting place, though my favourite is probably Muzsikas
Highly recommended for world music fans
Márta Sebestyén—vocal, recorder
This is very simple, strong, lively, and mournful collection of songs—the kind of music that makes your feet want to move and then the next song breaks your heart. (Neile)
Recommended for Márta Sebestyén fans
Karoly Cserepes, Szabolcs Szoranyi, Ibolya Toth
For some reason I've just never liked this collection as much of the others of hers I've heard. It seems a little less melodic for some reason, more experimental. I'd recommend her other discs before this one. (Neile)
Highly recommended for anyone who likes this type of world music
Nikola Parov—guitar, koboz, flute, tambourine, keyboard, bouzouki, kaval, gadulka, clarinet, tambura, gardon, whistles, bass, drum programming, sequencer programming
By all means pick up Márta Sebestyén's Kismet, which continues her trend away from pure traditional Hungarian music into a balkan/celtic/electronic blend that manages to be surprising without losing the solid, intuitively 'right' feel that traditional music tends to pick up over centuries of playing.... (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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