Hungarian Initiative Brings International Musicians Together in Special Quarantine Performance
Fanni Kaszás 2020.05.07.
Restrictions caused by the coronavirus did not spare musicians either. Festivals, concerts, and tours planned for this summer were canceled, but Imre Czomba, a Hungarian composer living in Los Angeles, was still able to bring musicians together in an international project. The internationally acclaimed artist initially invited only a few of his friends to see if they would like to take part in a joint song recorded from home, but later musicians from sixteen countries joined the project.
The mastermind of the project with no boundaries, conducted a joint jam session with more than 100 famous co-creators, recorded from their own homes as a response to the restrictions worldwide. The production feature stars musicians from Germany, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Norway, Slovakia, France, Hungary and, of course, Hollywood.
Imre Czomba is a Hungarian composer, music producer, and musician living in Los Angeles, who has worked with famous Hungarian performers such as Gábor Presser, Zorán, Ákos and Zsuzsa Cserháti for more than 20 years. He was the composer of Experidance for almost two decades. In addition to official music for international world competitions, he has written music for nearly 70 films and television shows.
Composers, musicians, and singers alike all joined the project, which features names such as Michael Lehmann Boddicker (the man behind some famous Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and ‘Manhattan Transfer’ songs), Kenny G, Stefano Sacchi, and Adonis Tsilimpari. From Hungary, Fecó Balázs, Gyula Papp, Erika Miklósa, Kornél Horváth, and Zoltán Lantos took part in the online jam session, among others.
Although the idea came from Czomba, the music was not only composed by him, but was also a joint project in which international composers inspired each other to continue the sequences with their own jams. Czomba said that “at the very beginning of the project, I set up a very simple rule: I give the starting 4 beats, which the composers continue as a chain reaction with their own 4-4 beats. The melodies made in this way are brought to life with the help of wonderfully talented musicians who join the project.” Czomba then created the finished project as a result of more than a month of production work.