Sándor Szabó The guitar artist, improviser and composer was born in Hungary in 1956. By his mid-twenties, Sándor Szabó had studied several styles of music and then began to focus his attention on improvisation. His way of playing guitar shows the various influence of the Indian sarod and Arabian lute players. Authentic ancient cultures and philosophies have inspired his music, in which the strong influence of Hungarian folk music can be felt. His music is a truly progressive contemporary experiment in unifying different cultures. Sándor Szabó's playing technique combines traditions of the guitar and Eastern stringed instruments, but also moves in other directions. Nourished by ancient roots, this music follows no fashionable trends.
On the Alexandria album, he introduces imaginative approaches to guitar-playing combined with wonderful sounds. The guitarist boldly improvises whole compositions of exotic melodies while creating dissolving harmonic progressions in the background with rich ornamentation through his unique style of playing.
Sándor Szabó's permanent Hungarian group is the SzaMaBa Trio, one of the oldest ensembles for improvised, ethno and experimental contemporary music in Hungary. He has toured throughout Europe and performed at several festivals.
Sándor Szabó is intensely involved in the design and development of acoustic guitars. At his concerts and on his recordings, he plays several kinds of guitars with 6, 8, 10, 13 and 16 strings, as well as special stringed instruments producing an Eastern sound.
Covertext to the CD: Sándor Szabó: Alexandria. Acoustic Music Records (D) 319.1118.242 (1997)