The Sheafs are Dancing DVD-Audio is nominated for Surround Music Award 2005 in the Best additional features category!

2005 SURROUND MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED DTS Presents Fourth Annual Event on December 15, 2005

NEW YORK, NY (November 28, 2005) - CMP Entertainment Media, producers of the Surround Music Awards (SMAs), have announced the list of nominees for this year's event, which is taking place December 15, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The fourth annual SMAs are presented by surround sound pioneers DTS.

The finalists were chosen from more than 100 submissions, and are being judged by a distinguished panel of surround sound journalists and producers.

In addition to the judged awards, there are several awards decided by the SMA Steering Committee and one award chosen by the public. This year, the SMA Steering Committee will award Phil Ramone the Surround Pioneer Award and Jackson Browne the Surround Artist of the year Award.

The public is eligible to vote for the Listener's Choice Award, which is presented by High Fidelity Review. To vote for the nominees in this category, visit www.highfidelityreview.com. The winners will be announced at the gala event taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 15, the first night of the two-day Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Surround Music Awards, visit www.surroundexpo.com.

This year's nominated titles are as follows:

• A High Resolution Music Experience; Various Artists [AIX Records]
• Guero; Beck [IGA/Interscope]
• Rumor Mill; The Carl Verheyen Band [AIX Records]
• Running on Empty; Jackson Browne [Rhino Entertainment]
• Sheafs are Dancing/tancolnak a kazlak; Djabe [Gramy Records]

Additional categories

The Surround Music Awards honor the year's finest surround music productions, and are part of the Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase, which takes place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 15-16, 2005.

For more information on the Surround Music Awards and the Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase, visit www.surroundexpo.com.

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Out now!
Djabe - Slices of Life
- CD - GR-063

The long awaited new Djabe studio album has released.
This music based on the Sheafs album's style, but became more dynamic and structured.
The main composer is Tamás Barabás again.
Ben Castle beautifully played the saxophone parts on the recordings. The band gives its best on this excellent album again.

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Djabe will be on tour with this material in Hungary between 24th of February and 4th of March.

Slices of Life tour 2006
02/24/2006 - Szolnok
02/25/2006 - Debrecen
02/26/2006 - Miskolc
02/28/2006 - Pécs
03/01/2006 - Veszprém
03/02/2006 - Mosonmagyaróvár
03/03/2006 - Budapest
03/04/2006 - Keszthely

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Djabe concert will be broadcasted by the Bayerisher Rundfunk alpha

On the 2nd of October, at 21.15 (GMT+1) the Munich BR alpha television will broadcast the Djabe concert which was recorded at the Burghausen Jazzwoche 2005 on 15th of April.
Please check your local cabel network provider.

The successful concert was held on the stage of Wackerhalle. This was the last night when Tóth Viktor alto sax player - who had been worked for one year with the band -played with Djabe.

Don't miss this unique performance of Djabe which will be presented in 5.1 surround sound.

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BR alpha jazz program

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9:30 Collective - Momentary Fame
The story of The 9:30 Collective dates back to 1998, when the band released its first album in Hungary, which received an unusually intensive media response for a jazz album. The teeming lineup has only made a limited number of live appearances, one of which was at the first Hungarian Jazz Festival. The show was televised in a separate program on National TV.

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Djabe - Goes to festivals
Very shortly Djabe will finish its new studio album, The Slices of Life. However, compositions can be heard from the new CD before the actual publishing in November the 2nd, as the opening songs of the Djabe go to festivals. Besides the two latest compositions, a 26 minute concert recording is being placed onto the record, which was recorded at selected festivals, from the mixing board. The set contains local introductions of the band's most memorable moments of the Djabe festival from Rochester, Kaunas, Burghausen, Pori and Stockholm.

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Djabe plays in Stockholm at
Skeppsholmen Stora stage
Finnish and Sweedish jazz fans are fascinated by Djabe

Djabe stepped on the stage of the Pori Jazz festival, celebrating its 40 th jubilee on a bright sunny evening. The momentum and freshness of the one-hour-concert, which started at 8 o’clock in the evening, and its Hungarian characteristic captivated the audience, who welcomed the compositions and solos with continuous frenetic applause.

In the 21 of July program of Pori world class stars like Charlie Haden, Jamie Cullumn and Kenny Garrett stood on the stage.

Stockholm Jazz 2005, the other world wide known festival was a great success as well in the life of Djabe. The huge stage was set up on the Isle of Skeppsholmen, in the heart of Stockholm. In front of it was the auditorium, where approximately 5,000 people could sit down or stand while viewing the concert.

After the stormy concert the audience of Stockholm attacked the CD stand, later a crowd was standing in front of the dedication tent. From among the brand new enthusiastic Djabe fans it was exclaimed that Djabe’s performance was the best, while on the 23rd of July such stars as Johnny Griffin, Toots Thielemans, Lisa Nilsson, Didier Lockwood and Peter Cincotti also performed and the day before the last performance, Lee Ritenour, Roy Haynes, Lauryn Hill and John Abercrombie.

Djabe gives a concert next in Bulgaria at the international Bansko Jazz festival.

Djabe - Pori Jazzfestival photos
Djabe - Stockholm photos

Andreas Ulanowsky's review about the concert

Pori Jazzfestival homepage

Stockholm Jazzfestival homepage

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Steve Hackett - Live archive 05
Recorded at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 3rd April 2005 during the recent Acoustic Trio Tour

This 2 CD set features the entire show, including song introductions from Steve, John, and Roger, allowing you to enjoy the full audio experience from a virtual front-row seat!

As Steve says, he is also his own support act in as much as the first half of the show is simply Steve and guitar. The trio is then completed with the addition of John Hackett on flute, and Roger King on keyboards when they join Steve for the second half.

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Steve Hackett - Metamorpheus

'Metamorpheus' is the natural successor to Steve's last orchestral album, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The album is a musical expression of the legend of Orpheus and his passage through the Underworld, combining nylon guitar with orchestra, seamlessly linking the small and large musical forces Packaged in a jewelcase with 16 page booklet inside a deluxe card slipcase

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New vinyl version of the "Sketches of Satie" album from 2000
Limited edition, manufactured and imported from Hungary

Get 'em while you can!

"...John and I had long talked about a project involving Satie's music. Would it require an orchestra or could we use the full tonal range of our own two favoured instruments to create a sound canvas worthy of the keyboard-based writing? Either way it would be a return to our musical roots when we first became aware of 'Atmospheric' music, brave enough to remain rhythmically static yet all the more poignant precisely because of that 'held-back' quality. There always was a love of music in the family home but not specifically the 'Classical' tradition - I'd say we found our way to this music ourselves without being pushed. For us, Satie was definitely a man ahead of his time. Unlikely modulations abound and the Minimalists were to take from him as would Jazz, and where would 'Ambient' music be without his example?

I can't fully describe my delight and joy that the sessions went so well and that the album, long overdue, is now complete. I may be sticking my neck out here but I don't believe John has ever sounded in finer form, he was obviously born to play Satie - as I am sure you'll agree!

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Kovács Ferenc's new album released!

Members of the Dresch Quartet and Djabe in the same line-up under direction of the brilliant violin and trumpet player!

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Tranzit concerts

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Horgas Eszter's new album out now

Horgas Eszter, the well known and popular flutist prepared a special gift for the Christmas of 2004: she introduces herself from a completly new side to the guaranteed wider range of audience. The greatest hits were recorded to her new album, in a fresh, exacting sound engineering manner.

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