Gabor Ölvedi

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"In Gábor the admiration for music had developed pretty soon. As a child he started to learn hungarian and transylvanian folk dances, which he danced for decades. That impressions turned him to folk and world music. His path as a musician started in 1989 at the Antal Csermák Music School’s Jazz-Drum Department in Veszprém.
But Hungary wasn’t big enough for his hunger for rhythm complexity so he traveled several times back and forth to Turkey and Morocco for knowledge and inspiration. From 2000 he participated at workshops and private lessons with Hossam Ramzy, Issam Houshan and Abdou Manssour to perfect his Syrian and Egyptian percussion technique.
He wanted to get know more new instruments, so he took private lessons from the indian tabla player of the world famous Calcutta Trio, Peter Szalay and from 2016 he is learning to play indian tabla from the indian tabla master, pt. Rajesh Gangani. Beside the instruments he had learned classical singing for 4 years, and also tuvan and mongolian throat and overtone singing at privat lessons.

He works together with contemporary and oriental dancers, he is participant in more theatrical production.
He is the art director of the Percussion Festival at Lake Velencei, that has started with great success in 2016.

He teaches percussion at different levels in his own middle eastern drum school. He is organizer of community drummings in Budapest and all over Hungary. He is exploring and studying the trance rhythms of different cultures and he uses them through the trance drummings he moderates.

He performed with several bands as the Veszprémer Klezmer Band; Transylvanian Csango music; the Kalahári Band (World music); the Khalifa Band (Middle-eastern; Greek, Turkish music), Al Tabla Percussion Group (Middle eastern percussion band) – in which besides composing he played darbuka, tapan, riq, armenian dhol, frame drums, doholla, conga and bongo; the Koma Sipan Band (Kurdistanian music), Yeraz Band (traditional Armenian music), Clouds Project (meditational music and opera), La Kati Cuadro Flamenco (flamenco music), Samsara Boulevard (spiritual), DaWhy (native folk metal) and the HolddalaNap Band (world music).

He gave concerts in many countries: Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt (Germany); Porto, Lisbon (Portugal), Barcelona, Mont Blanc, Sallent De Galleo, Bilbao (Spain), Amsterdam, Enschede, (Nederland), Brussels (Belgium), Rome, Naples, Campobasso (Italy), Athens, Nei Pori, Thessaloniki (Greece), Helsinki, Tampere, Rovaniemi (Finland), Stockholm, (Sweden), Zagreb (Croatia), Stúrovo (Slovakia), Oradea, Satu Mare, Cluj-Napoca, Bacau (Transylvania), Cairo (Egypt), WOMEX-Hungary.

The 25 years he spent in the world of hungarian and transylvanian folk dances, folk music and folk song treasures are mainly determining the musical flavour he represents.

Gábor was interested in spiritual life and self-knowledge in his childhood as well. He first met with buddhism when he was 15 years old, and after 20 years he wanted to get know the spiritual heritage of the indian vedic culture as well so he moved to live for a few years in a farm community at the world known Krisna-Valley, in New-Vraja Dhama.

Beside music he loves gardening and growing organic spices, herb teas and other bio products.

​He plays: darbuka, doholla, sombati, riq, def, tar, persian def (frame drums), tapan/davul, mridangam, transylvanian flutes, indian tabla, harmonium, conga, djembé, hungarian shamanic drums."

Gabor Ölvedi


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