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Major Balázs


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Date of Birth

Balázs Major was born in Mezőtúr, Hungary in 1955. He started drumming in a completely self-taught manner. In the 70s he was a determining member of the band called Watt’73. Between 1977 and 1979 he was a private student of Gyula Kovács who directed his attention towards jazz and improvisation. In 1980 as a drummer he formed the Szabo-Major duo with the contribuition of guitarist Sándor Szabó. In the beginning of the 80s he was studying Indian classical music and also learning to play the tabla. In the following few years the Szabó-Major duo performed in almost every club in the country. In 1986 their first album was released by LEO RECORDS, a British company. They frequently invited foreign artists and hence, they could participate in several concert tours, and managed to produce many records. One such cooperation’s result was the album recorded together with Belgian guitarist Gilbert Isbin, released by HWYL RECORDS. The most significant period of his career was his 10-year-long contribution to the SzaMaBa Trio. They worked with numerous guest musicians and managed to release 3 albums. One of their live concerts was recorded during the Tata Jazz Camp, Hungary – and was published by Pannon Jazz in 2005.

Balázs Major did solo drum concerts as far back as the mid-80s. During these performances he used the musical instrument not only for expressing rythm, but also for its most ancient purpose: messaging and thought transfer. His first solo album was released in 1996, called ’Infinity between Borders’ with the contribution of Krisztián Major and Sándor Szabó which was a collection of absolutely clean and authentic pieces of drum music. In 1998 his album called ’Fate of Scamps’ was published with the contribution of Mihály Dresch, Grencsó István and Sándor Kármán. He still works regularly together with Sándor Szabó even without their band called SzaMaBa: they created multiple albums with the usage of the musical instrument built by the Swiss company, PANArt, and designed by Balázs Major.

In July 2007 his solo concert had been recorded on DVD that was released later in March 2008. However he appeared again on Sándor Szabó’s album called ’Modern Hungarian Makam’ in 2010. In recent years, there have been a numbers of albums, especially abroad, where we can hear his special instruments and his unique play. In 2018 their album Kismaros recorded in duo with Kevin Kastning was nominated for Grammy Award. In 2019, Ethereal II was nominated for a Grammy Award in trio with Kevin Kastning and Sándor Szabó.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1988 Sándor Szabó / Balázs Major / Gilbert Isbin Trio: The Clear Perception of Provenance Within HWYL Records HWYL 2 Own
1988 Sándor Szabó & Balázs Major featuring László Bagi: Ritual of a Spiritual Communion Leo Records LR 157 Own
1991 Sándor Szabó: Sanctified Land HWYL Records HWYLCD5
1993 SzaMaBa: Hypnos Tandem Records TR-HSJR 2002 CD Own
1995 WOMUFE - World Music Festival Budapest Hungaroton HCD 31603
1995 Szamaba Trio: Anima Tandem Records TR-1006 CD Own
1996 Major Balázs: "Határok közötti végtelen"
(Balázs Major: "Infinity Between Boundaries")
Tandem Records TR-1007 CD Own
1996 SzaMaBa: Opus Magnum Tandem Records Own
1998 Major Balázs: Betyársors
(Balázs Major: Fate Of Outlaw)
Oktopus Multimédia Intézet OMI-9801 CD Own
1999 Hwyl Nofio: The Singers And Harp Players Are Dumb HWYL Records HWYLN17CD
2002 Hwyl Nofio: Hymnal HWYL Records HWYLN18CD
2004 SzaMaBa Trio: The Historical Tata Concert Pannon Jazz PJ 1056 Own
2005 Szabó/Major/Isbin Trió: Constellation Pannon Jazz PJ 1057 Own
2005 Szabó Sándor - Sztereó Sound&Vision magazin melléklet
(Sándor Szabó - Stereo Magazine CD attachment)
Sztereó Sound&Vision magazin
2013 Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó / Balázs Major: Becoming Greydisc Records GDR 3514 Own
2013 Sándor Szabó / Alf Wilhelm Lundberg / Balázs Major: Hidden Dimension Acoustic Landscapes
2014 Euro-Oriental Consort: Clouds On The Lake Greydisc Records GDR 3523
2014 Sándor Szabó / Michael Manring / Claus Boesser Ferrari / Balázs Major: Fractal Greydisc Records GDR 3520 Own
2016 Szabó Sándor / Balázs Major Duó: Átokűző zene
(Sándor Szabó / Balázs Major Duo: Modern Hungarian Oriental Music)
Akusztikus Gitárzene Közhasznú Egyesület AGZE 07 CD Own
2017 Sándor Szabó / Michael Manring / Balázs Major: Asymmetry Greydisc Records
2018 Szabó Sándor: Echolocation III / Crossing Time Greydisc Records GDR 3539
2018 Szabó Sándor: Echolocation I / Sacred Spaces Greydisc Records GDR 3539
2018 Szabó Sándor: Echolocation II / Hymn to the Earth Greydisc Records GDR 3539
2018 Sándor Szabó / Kevin Kastning / Balázs Major: Ethereal II Greydisc Records 5639411370 Own
2019 Sándor Szabó / Robert Jürjendal / Balázs Major: Echolocation IV Greydisc Records Own
2019 Sándor Szabó / Robert Jürjendal / Balázs Major: Echolocation V Greydisc Records Own
2019 Sándor Szabó / Emil Gherasim / Balázs Major: Echolocation VI, Unknown Language Greydisc Records Own
2019 Kobza Vajk: Kara Libanon (2019 version) Budabeats Records BUBE-039 12" black vinyl
2019 Sándor Szabó, Mark Wingfield, Balázs Major & Roland Heidrich: The Ocean Never Seen Greydisc Records Own
2020 Robert Jürjendal / Sándor Szabó / Balázs Major: Echolocation IX, Aquarius Greydisc Records Own
2020 Kobza Vajk: Illanás
(Vajk Kobza: Evanescence)
Magánkiadás KV-11
2020 Sándor Szabó / Robert Jürjendal / Balázs Major: Echolocation VII, Deep Dream Greydisc Records Own
2020 Sándor Szabó / Robert Jürjendal / Balázs Major: Echolocation VIII, Clouds Greydisc Records Own
2021 Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó / Balázs Major: Ethereal IV Greydisc Records