Csaba Tóth Bagi

Csaba Toth bagi, a guitarist and singer from Hungary, has been a part of the Hungarian music scene ever since he was a teenager. He is well-known for his powerful voice as well as his skillful and technically flawless guitar playing. His Balkan heritage, Hungarian musical education, and years of touring with Al Di Meola have influenced his rootsy blues and jazz style. He was born in Serbia to a musical family that settled in Hungary in 1993, during the Yugoslavian War. At the age of six, his father taught him how to play the piano. By the age twelve, he was recording and writing on the guitar. Csaba, now 16, recorded his first album of blues, “Crazy Clock”, (1997) featuring Tibor Tatrai who is a well-respected Hungarian blues guitarist. European critics hailed the album as “the Hungarian Gary Moore”. Four more albums followed the album: “A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix”, “Kell, Hogy Hazudj”, “Another Blues World”, “A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix”, “A Tribute Too Jimi Hendrix” (1999), “Kell, Hogy Hazudj”, “Another Blues World”, “Nelkuled(Without You)”) (2006), a collection of melodic vocal compositions that influenced by the traditional Hungarian style, but with a pop delivery. Csaba has been performing and touring throughout Eastern Europe with his bands, which often feature traditional Gypsy musicians. His trio CsaboWabo, which included traditional Gypsy instrumentalists, was selected to represent Hungary at the Jazz in the Park European Union Exhibition and Festival in Bangkok in Thailand in 2004. Ennio Morricone was also his musical director and guitarist at the National Theatre in Szeged and Open Air Theatre in Szeged. Csaba is currently finishing his “Aved Ivenda”, a collection of original compositions that combine traditional Macedonian and Serbian melodies and rhythms with jazz elements. This project attracted the attention of American jazz musicians Al Di Meola and Dave Weckl, Ernie Adams, and Butch Thomas, as well as Cuban percussionist Gumbi Ortiz, Fausto Beccalossi, Vasil Hadzimanov, and Vasil Hadzimanov (macedonian keyboard player). from www.csabatothbagi.com

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