Tuesday, March 08, 2011

In stores in Israel: Mother Tongue album by Effi Shoshani

We are very glad to announce that Israeli composer Effi Shoshani  released a long awaited world music album, Mother Tongue, with the country's leading record label Helicon. Seven female singers (who all happen to be mothers) from seven countries each sing a folk song from their homelands, arranged with the wonderfully soothing Effi Shoshani sound. It's a special honor that Andrea has two songs on the album.

"I met Effi and his beautiful wife a good couple of years ago when they, just by chance, heard me singing in a park here in Budapest. They got my first acapella CD Madárka, Madárka, and a few months later Effi sent me an email. He said he has made some music to one of the songs from my CD, showed it to his friends who were amazed, and asked me very respectfully if he could send it to me to have a listen. 

I never forget the moment when I received the CD with the song on it, put it on at a net café - and I began to fly... It was the song Lonely Is The Bird. 

That's how our working relationship started. And that was one song that opened a new path for me as a singer."

Read what Effi Shoshani has to say about it on his website

Mother Tongue track list:

1. Trollmors Song - Sarah Nebel (Elisabeth Endresen) (Norway) 6:45
2. Oh Love Love - Karolina Kamberska (Czech Republic) 6:36
3. Stars In A Bucket -Maya Avraham (Israel) 6:30
4. Lonely is The Bird - Andrea Gerak (Hungary) 5:08
5. Ninna Nanna A Aette E Venti - Patrizia Deitos (Italy) 6:17
6. Oh, Varmeland - Mimmi Siegel (Sweden) 5:23
7. There Is No Greater Sadness - Andrea Gerak (Hungary) 8:18
8. If only I wouldn't love you - Shain Zakeim (Persia) 7:18

9. Bonus Track –
A Chant in the Lobby \ Oh Love Love - Karolina Kamberska 7:39

Released as a Womens Day gift, on the 8th of March 2011 in Israel, and the album will be available in Europe and worldwide as well.


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

New website - upcoming concerts

We are re-designing www.andreagerak.com, thanks to the fantastic team of HostBaby, the web hosting provider for Andrea Gerak's official website. It is already up and running with the new style, new feeling and  more functions - happy surfing!

Visiting the website, you will see immediately that Andrea's concert calendar has a few upcoming dates:

Saturday, March 5th, 18:00
Vörösrák (Red Crab) Restaurant, Eger (HU)
Csango Benefit Dinner
12. Kossuth Lajos str.

Friday, April 22nd, 17:00
City Hall, Miskolc (HU)
Panorama World Club

Sunday, June 19th, 19:00
Sibiu (RO)
Hungaricum Weekend
Andrea Gerak & Zoltan Lantos (violin)

Sunday, July 3rd,
Balatonlelle (HU)
World Reunion of Hungarians

Sunday, July 10th, 12:00
Csattogó Völgy/Valley, Verőce (HU)
Erdélyország az én hazám - Transylvania Is My Homeland
World Reunion of Hungarians from Transylvania

For details and updates on these concerts and other upcoming shows, see the Calendar

Andrea and the musicians are looking forward to see you soon!



Sunday, January 23, 2011

Grooved Pavement World Music Radio Show

Listen to the Grooved Pavement World Music Radio Show, Friday, January 21st, which featured a song from Andrea Gerak's acapella album This Way, Sweetheart!
The show airs on Fridays on WMUA 91.1 from 12:00 to 2:30 pm EST. If you don't live within the broadcast range, you can stream it live through iTunes. Just go to iTunes, click on "Radio" and search for WMUA in the "College / University" and "Eclectic" sections.
Check out more shows at www.wmua.org (Broadcasting from University of Massachusets-Amherst)

Listen to a podcast of the show at Ishah 'El theatre artsclick on the flash player at the beginning of the post/ playlist and enjoy!

All the songs of the album:



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Birthday poem

Andrea's Birthday poem: I Belong


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Andrea Gerak - Beata Salamon duo

Two Hungarian girls, with two voices and a fiddle - plus sometimes a little boy with a fiddle, Beata's very talented 12-year-old son, Akos...

Beata Salamon - fiddleBeata Salamon fiddler founded her band Méta in 1983.

1985 - : She is a folk violin teacher. She also taught at several dance house players' courses, other courses abroad, folk music camps and at their own Méta folk music camp. She has been the folk-violin teacher at the Pikéthy Tibor Music High School in Vác since 2004. 

She travelled all around the world with her group Méta. They have published 9 CDs so far. She also appears on plenty of albums together with other folk musicians.
She takes part in the composition of the Hungarian National Curriculum.

Her book A Collection of Hungarian Folk Tunes for Student of the Violin was published by the House of Traditions in 2004.
The book has filled a great gap in Hungarian folk teaching. It covers six different dance house topics with around 300 tunes with bass and viola accompaniment.
She also works as a freelance notes transcriber with the computer programme Finale.

She arranged music for the CDs of Csík Band, Parno Graszt Band, Gönczöl Band, Vándor Vocal Group, , Mariann Majorosi folk singer and many others.

You can find Beata's name on blues, beat, pop, jazz and contemporary albums, too.

Some of her references:

Hungarian National Folk Dance Group
Fiddles on Fire Tour - May 2005, England
Arnie Somogyi - Improvokation - an English-Hungarian jazz formation
Kormorán Memory Band
Attila Korom
Tibor Bornai - albums, performances
Magony Strings - Kovács Ferenc
" Bűvölet" - a pop CD by NOX
"Naplegenda" - Nikola Parov
Heavy Méta
Balkan Fanatik
Beata's favorite melody, a Romanian dance from Bontida (Transylvania):

Book Andrea Gerak & Beata Salamon >>>


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3+1 Highlights of 2010

Happy Holidays and a Great, Prosperous New Year!
A few highlights of 2010 from around Andrea Gerak's house:

- Duo with Zoltan Lantos  (violin virtuoso)
-  Brugge-Bucharest Express: international music&photography show, presented at Brugges Festival in November
- This Way, Sweetheart! CD

And the +1: after wondering about in Europe for the past more than 10 years, a few weeks ago Andrea moved back to her little home country, Hungary :-)

Budapest 2010 - #2



Wednesday, December 01, 2010

This Way, Sweetheart! CD offer

<a href="http://andreagerak.bandcamp.com/album/erre-gyere-r-zs-m-this-way-sweetheart">Jaj, de sokat áztam-fáztam (Yay, I've Been Freezing) by Andrea Gerak</a>

Order one or more CDs, and along with your signed copy, get a small, personal surprise from Andrea in the mail.

You will also get a download code so that you can immediately enjoy the songs in your MP3 player, iPod or whatever you prefer, while waiting the mail to arrive.

You tell the price, what the whole thing is worth to you. (8,- USD, incl. shipping)

And if this is still not good enough: we have now a SPECIAL OFFER: the next 1000 customers (starting from 2010 November 22) can download the album Lonely Is The Bird album as a gift.

Andrea recommends:

All I wanted with this CD was to try and see how can one communicate through these old songs, in their purest simplicity. No fancy effects, no lines recorded twenty times - just as you were here with me and I would sing for you, all the things I have to say.

Feelings of love, happiness, joy, sorrow and longing were the same hundred years ago as they are today..." -
Andrea Gerak

What listeners say:

"It was a very daring attempt to make such a long voice only album... It was worth to do it!!" - L. Z. (Photographer, Hungary)

"I just want to thank you again to let me enjoy your beautiful voice, so pure, on your cd with all those nice tunes. Although I can't understand what you are singing I do understand the feelings. And I like your fast voice vibrato so much." - Luc Callaert (Singer, Belgium)