Leslie Manduki will give a free large-scale concert on Saturday, August 21, at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Budapest. The concert will feature a large progressive rock band written in honor of Bartok with Mandoki Soulmates. This is the band’s new album presentation ceremony – the title of the new album is Utopia for Realists – Hungarian Pictures. Leslie Manduki’s friends and the world-famous musician have been trying for days. All members of the Mandoki Soulmates, including Al Di Meola, Richard Bona and Mike Stern, arrived on Wednesday. The Origo crew filmed the rehearsal on Thursday and we also spoke with the musicians.
American guitarist Al de Meola, one of the most famous and influential guitarists in jazz fusion said: Hungarian history is very deep, and it is felt in the Hungarian soul and therefore in the music as well. American jazz player Mike Stern – who has performed with many world stars and also played in the Miles Davis band – said: Hungarian traditions are very strong and Hungarian folk music is beautiful. Basset Richard Bona – who now lives in New York after Germany and France, plays there and teaches in the Department of Music at New York University – said it was incredible to play Bartok here in Hungary. “I have two champions, Puskas and Bartok,” he said.
Leslie Manduki put it this way: This is the best production they’ve ever done.
“For me, as a man from Pest, it is a great honor to present our new album in Budapest, Hungary for the first time,” he said.
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