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“’Forgotten Tales’ is one of those truly collaborating albums, which has musical interaction and interplay at such a high level that it is very hard for me to tell which one of us came up with which concrete idea about anything in this music. The root of this project lies somewhere back around the year 2014. My colleague and a friend, Balázs Balogh, with whom I played many concerts and diverse jazz projects, started mentioning his idea of a very special project inspired by folklore music in which, the most crucial role was supposed to be taken by a cellist and singer, Judit Bonyár, of whom he often spoke highly. Back then, I did not know who Judit was and I must admit that I was not too much interested in participating in projects based on ethnic music. So many musicians were doing it all the time and I often saw it as an easy way to sound exotic and attractive to a wider audience in Western Europe. However, Balázs was trying so hard to win my attention for this ‘thing’ of his that in 2015 he made a big push and organised that two of us meet together with Judit in my apartment in Graz and try to play together and see what happens.

At the time, Judit barely spoke English and we were not able to talk much about music or what we were about to do. We followed Balázs’s initial plan to only bring some very small musical ideas (mostly based on folk songs from South-Eastern Europe and Western Asia), and play around it and come through improvisation towards some sort of a concept and form. Since we only had two or three days available before all of us had to go after our own schedules, I put a few microphones around my working room and recorded only roughly those rehearsals for the archive. We would take each musical idea that we had, a theme, a melody and we would first play around it a bit. Afterwards, we would discuss a rough plan about the form and then, I would press a record button and we would just play it once through and move to the next song. At the end of all sessions, we add some additional instruments and vocals.

After those wonderful three days we have spent playing, we all went back to our own duties and we actually never met again to play together. Very soon, it became clear that this project would not live for various reasons and our recorded rehearsals ended up lying forgotten in my archive for quite some time. However, Balázs never forgot about it. Over the last few years, he kept asking if I found time to check and mix those materials a bit. Finally, somewhere during the first lockdowns in 2020, I found time to listen to what we did back in 2015 and I instantly realised that the material did not sound like a rehearsal at all. It was, as Balázs was always saying, a jewel that had to be put together and published.

‘Forgotten Tales’ has never been planned in this form and it is a record of one musical meeting in its purest sense, which has been luckily saved from oblivion.” (Pippo Corvino)

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released November 12, 2021

BALÁZS BALOGH
acoustic drums & percussions

JUDIT BONYÁR
vocals & cello

PIPPO CORVINO
acoustic steel & nylon string guitars, guitar synthesizers, keyboards & vocals

Acoustic bass & fretless bass guitar programmed by
PIPPO CORVINO

Music based on traditional folk songs from South-Eastern Europe and Western Asia*
*except track 5 composed by Judit Bonyár / track 8 composed by Pippo Corvino

Music arranged by Balázs Balogh, Judit Bonyár & Pippo Corvino

Music recorded by Pippo Corvino at The BURROW Home Studio
(Graz, Summer 2015)

Mixed & produced by Pippo Corvino at The BURROW Studio
(Vienna, Spring-Summer 2021)

Mastered by Bobo Stanišić at Adrenalin Studio
(Podgorica, Summer 2021)

Cover art by Ángela Tröndle

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Pippo Corvino Vienna, Austria

Pippo Corvino, is an artist, living in Vienna, involved in different musical and theatre projects as a guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger and producer.

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