by Tibor Szemző

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    The music of this 12" vinyl is based on the music of the film A Guest of Life by Tibor Szemző Inspired by the life and fate of Alexander Csoma de Körös. csomafilm.szemzo.hu

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The music on this LP is based on the music of the film A Guest of Life by Tibor Szemző. [csomafilm.syemyo.hu]

Alexander Csoma de Körös set up to research the origin of the Hungarians 200 years ago. During his student years, before he enrolled in college, he and two fellow students vowed to go to Central Asia to discover the origins of their nation. In the first thirty-five years of his life, he spent his humble pilgrimage in Asia traveling and studying with Buddhist priests in Tibet in isolation, and devoted the remaining eleven years of his life to publishing some of the material he had collected in India.

Now on the 200th anniversary, Szemző’s Cinematic Opera wishes to pay tribute to Alexandar Csoma. Over the course of two vinyl sides classical and acoustic instruments are mixed with angelic voices, spoken word in Tibetan, Sanskrit, Latin, German, Arab, Bengali, Hungarian, Farsi, & Chinese. Sounding like vintage Tibor Szemzo compositions, vividly performed by the Gordian Knot Company and the Voces Aequales Ensemble.

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released January 19, 2020

MUSIC - Tibor Szemző
TEXT - László Sári
© Tibor Szemző & László Sári 2019

The Gordian Knot Company
Voces Aequales Ensemble

T. Bali – Electric guitar (A1, A2, A3, B4, B5, B6, B7)
Lobsang Dhamchoe – Tibetan Gurma singing (A1)
Ernst Hirschberg – Keyboards (A1, A4, A6, A7, B2, B4, B6)
Ildi Fodor – Vocals (A2, B5, B7)
Laca Kéringer – Vocals (A2, B1, B5, B7)
Mihály Huszár – Electric double bass, Bass guitar (A2, A3, A5, B1, B6, B7)
Bálint Pödör – Percussions (A2, A5, B2, B7)
Keresteš Szabolcs – Piano, Celesta (A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, B4, B7)
Lama Lobsang Gedun – Tibetan recitation (A2, B7)
Tibor Szemző – Bassflute, 8mm-phone, Hungarian voice (A3, A4, B1, B4)
Zsigmond Lázár– Violin (A3)
Zoltán Gavodi [Voces Aequales] – Countertenor (A3, A5, A6, B5)
Csaba Gyulai [Voces Aequales] – Tenor voice (A3, A5, A6, B5)
Zoltán Mizsei [Voces Aequales] – Bariton voice (A3, A5, A6, B5)
Tamás Geröly – Gardon (A4, B7)
Alois Samson – Wind controller (A4, B1, B2, B4, B5, B7)
István Grencsó – Tenor saxophone (A5, B3, B7)
Éva Posvanecz – Viola (A7, B2, B6)
Zsombor Dudás – Drums (B1)
László Gőz – Basstrumpet (B6)

Tsering Wangyal – Tibetan poem (A3)
Satya Vrat Shastri – Sanskrit voice (A3)
Wilhelm Droste – German voice (A6)
Djabra Ankush – Arab voice (A6)
Jampa Dhadak – Tibetan poem (A7)
Ashok Roy – Bengali voice (B1)
Rumpali Mukherjee – Bengali voice (B1, B4)
Tsewang Dolma – Tibetan poems (B2)
AmirSaman Nikzad – Farsi voice (B2)
Madelaine Meran – German voice (B2)
Ngawang Tenzin Gyatso – Tibetan poem (B3)
Tarak Mozumdar – Bengali voice (B4)
Wang Yue – Chinese poem (B6)


László Hortobágyi – Tharnox Studio
Zoltán Regi Regenye – Futterbasis
Károly Liszkai – MR Studios
István Horváth – HEAR Studio
Tamás Zányi – Saint Audio
János Mazura – Ethnofon Studio

István Szelényi

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Puranas
Arnold Henry Savage Landor: An explorer's adventures in Tibet
Su-la-ce: The Wandering of Young Lin-Chi
The poems of the 6th Dalai Lama Cangjang Gjaco
Johann Wolfgang Goethe: Ilmenau, Trilogy of Passion, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Francis William Bain: An Incarnation of the Snow
Cao Hszüe-csin and Kao O: The Dream of the Red Room

Special thanks to Iván Angelus and Zoltán Kőrösi


The music is based on the music of the film
A GUEST OF LIFE – Alexander Csoma de Körös

Storytellers: Mari Törőcsik and Susannah York
Script: László Sári
Camera: István "Taikyo" Szaladják
Editor: Teri Losonci
Paintings: Gábor Roskó
Animation: Károly Kása Papp, Bálint Kolozsvári
Sound designer: Tamás Zányi
Production Manager: Ferenc Komjáti
Associate Producer: Attila Bognár
Producer: György Durst
Director, Composer: Tibor Szemző

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Artwork: Zsófia Szemző


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Tibor Szemző Hungary

Oriented by his diverse lines of interest towards the borderline areas of the various genres. Founder of creative performing formations (Group 180, Fodderbasis, Gordian Knot Cinematic Music Lab). Beside music compositions he creates films and installations. His works are present across Europe and beyond.
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