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Örömes

The winner of the Grand Prize at the 2011 FOLKBEATS festival, Mária Majda Guessous known as Mesi (voice) returns to New York for a performance with multi-instrumentalist Gerzson Boros using Central European and Turkish traditional instruments. Majda Mária Guessous, known as “Mesi,” was born in Debrecen Hungary, home to her mother's family, her father, however, hails from Morocco. Her unique cultural background has always been a source of inspiration for her, and helped make her much more than just an impeccably trained musician. The winner of a number of awards and scholarships, a graduate of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Mesi burst on the scene a few years ago presenting her unique blend of Arabic, Turkish, Hungarian and other Central European  music, immediately recognizable thanks to her brilliant voice and the depth of feeling. She is fascinated by parallels and cultural transfers that link even geographically distant types of folk music and presents and exciting mixture at her concerts that are as true to the original idea behind the term “world music” as any musical event can be.

Presenting the new LP by Mesi: ÖröMes/MeshMerized (2013)
In 2009 Mesi spent half a year in Istanbul as a student, at the University of Mimar Sinan. Here she immersed herself in Turkish folk music. She improved her musical knowledge and her instrumental skills at the saz school of Erdal Erzincan as a student of Mercan Erzincan. This journey was the inspiration of her first album the Rainbow Bridge, a concept album presenting encounters of Hungarian, Turkish and Moroccan folk songs organized around the great turning points of human life, from the cradle to the grave.
Her second album named ÖröMes / MeshMerized came out in December 2013. It recounts a personal journey through the enchanted worlds of folk music, criss-crossing the map from Morocco to Hungary.
A new foray in her already rich repertoire, Mesi has recently started to investigate the many layers of Indian folk music, further extending her quest to find both the unique and the common in the traditions of various peoples and continents. Throughout her journeys, musical and geographical, Mesi has never lost track of what makes her music. As László Marton Távolodó, curator of the World Music Stage of Sziget Festival described Mesi, „Her profundity, intensity, lyricism, maturity are exceptional.”
Dávid Gerzson Boros
Dávid Gerzson Boros started out playing wind instruments, but has increasingly made a name for himself as a percussionist, as well. He has been attracted to world music, especially Oriental traditions since his youth, and has founded and led several formations, including the band Neptun, focussing on Middle Eastern and Indian folk music. He has been working with Mesi for seven years, both in her duo and trio formations, and, most recently, in the new group Meshinda, interpreting Indian folk music.
January Concerts
The January shows in New York City, New Brunswick, NJ and Ligonier, PA present chiefly new material, highlighting linkages in folk musical traditions that bind continents and distant cultures together. The foundations of the evening are laid by playful parallel presentations of Hungarian and Turkish melodies, evidences of the intensive cultural transfers between the two peoples. The scope is than enlarged to Morocco and the Arab world, as well as India, while the duo of Mesi andGerzson at times zoom in on the mist-shrouded regions of Transylvania and Kurdistan as well. Despite the variety, the songs come together as stations on the same enchanting journey that offer a true reflection of the traditions that have captivated Meshi and her audiences for years.

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