Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Borlai Gergő


Gergő Borlai was born in Budapest in 1978. He started playing the drums at age three on hearing Joe Morello and Harvey Mason on the records of Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock. In 1984 he became the pupil of Iván Nesztor, and between 1990 and 1997 he studied with János Szanyi. He also mentions among his influences Gábor Presser, Gyula Babos, and Tibor Tátrai, playing with whom he learnt what attitude to have towards music, and what the role of a band leader is. He has also put great effort into studying the music of John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Weather Report, Frank Zappa, and Jaco Pastorius. Simultaneously with drumming, he also learnt to play the bass guitar and the piano. He has been composing from an early age, his first album was released in 1998 titled 17. He formed his own band European Mantra in 2001. According to their definition they play trash-metal-pop-funk-jazz-rock. Gergő recorded his second solo album in 2004, which again showcases several types of music, but is basically 'electrified jazz'.

He was given Artisjus Prize (Composer of the Year) in 2021.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1994 Téli Márta: Quiet Motion Magánkiadás TM 001
1995 WOMUFE - World Music Festival Budapest Hungaroton HCD 31603
1997 Kaltenecker Trió: Ivory Tower Magneoton 3984-21453-2
1997 Borlai Gergő: 17 Magánkiadás 74321638962 Own
1998 Babos Project Romani: Egyszer volt
(Once Upon a Time)
1999 Kaltenecker Trio: The Crossing Warner 8573-81400-2
2002 Földvári Gergely Trió: Süss Fel Nap!
(Gergely Földvári Trio: Sun, Rise!)
Magánkiadás A33-02-1 Own
2 CD
2004 Borlai Gergő: Sausage TOM-TOM Records TTCD 59 Own
2004 Babos Project Romani feat. Trilok Gurtu: Hetvenöt Perc
(Babos Project Romani featuring Trilok Gurtu: 75 Minutes)
Magánkiadás 00002
2004 Gergő Borlai: Sausage TOM-TOM Records TTCD 59
2004 Horgas Eszter: Mozivarázs Lazlo Co. B68687-2
2004 Cotton Club Singers - Luxury Geg Records GEG 010
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2006 Attila László and Friends: Just Trust TOM-TOM Records TTCD 85
2006 Marozsán Erika: Szakíts, ha tudsz
(Marozsán, Erika: Just can't give you up)
X-produkció XP 027
2007 Juhász Gábor Trió: Fények
(Gábor Juhász Trio: Lights)
Smart Music SMCD08
2009 K. L. B. Trio: Just like jazz X-produkció XP-039
2011 Kaltenecker Trio: Winter's Tale Periferic Records BGCD 215
2015 Nagy Ádám: Work projekt Hunnia Records HRCD 1502