- Sheafs are Dancing
Released in 2004
You can enjoy the best studio album of Djabe, Sheafs are Dancing in real surround
- Playable by all DVD players.
- Audio tracks can be reached by DVD-video players: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital
5.1 and 2.0.
- Audio track can be reached by DVD-audio players: MLP 5.1 and MLP 2.0.
- Guests: Steve Hackett, Ben Castle
- Extras: Videoclips, Concertfootage, Documentaries (English and Hungarian),
- DVD authoring made by Abbey Road Interactive.
- 14 pages colour booklet.
- No Region Code.
In 2003 Djabe prepared the best album of its career, the "Sheafs
are Dancing". The material of the album was inspired by the
paintings of the internationally known painter, Imre Égerházi.
Tamás Barabás's (bass guitar) and Attila Égerházi's
(guitar) tuns follow the set up of "one painting, one track".
Imre Égerházi's Hungarian picture word is made sound
by Barabás's authentic arrangement. Ferenc Kovács's
(violin, trumpet, flugelhorn) Hungarian folklore violin play is
one of the most original sounds in all of Europe, his trumpet play
on the album suggests the lyrics of the paintings. Zoltán
Kovács's (keyboards) acoustic piano solos open up soundly
the painter's harmonized compositions and control of paint material.
After the African, Latin and Indonesian sounds, András Sipos
(percussion) brings completely new colours through his Hungarian
percussion. The album is characterized by Szilárd Banai's
(drums) music rhythm and multicolour. In the track of "The
House on the Hill", for instance, he uses three snare drums.
The album was welcomed with great success both by the expertise
and audience. The production was nominated for the Fonogram prize,
in the category of "The jazz album of the year" in 2004.
The album was presented through a large-scale concert tour in Hungary
and in the surrounding countries. The concerts were uniquely performed,
in real 5.1 surround sound, thanks to Tamás Barabás'
music direction. The auditorium was surrounded by loudspeakers and
because of this the audience was seated right in the middle of the
band. From this tour the "Scenes" track can be seen on
the DVD, recorded in the Pesti Vigadó. According to the Stereo
High End magazine "if there is a High End in concert sound,
then the production of Djabe was it". Djabe did not mesmerise
the audience only with sound but also with vision, as usual. The
paintings and inspiring topics were projected onto a huge screen,
often Imre Égerházi's own, super 8 films. The "Iceworld" animation
film got on the DVD from this projected video material, which was
produced by Attila Égerházi and Focus-Fox animation
studio on the bases of Imre Égerházi's paintings inspired
by the experience of being in clinical death.
Due to the "The Sheafs are dancing" album the band received
several European and overseas invitations (Kaunas, London, Sarajevo,
Bratislava, Rochester, Washington, Pori, Stockholm, Burghausen etc.)
therefore Djabe could enhance further the reputation of Hungarian
music and musicians in the world.
The excellent work of Barabás Tamás can be heard
in the best sound quality at present by the owners of DVD Audio
player within the DVD equipment, to these people the MLP 5.1 sound-track
is also available. Do not be dismayed if you "only" own
a normal DVD player, as the mixed surround was put on in DTS and
Dolby Digital form also onto the not everyday record.
Naturally the film extras can be enjoyed in the most excellent
sound quality, too.
The material gets visually complete by the video
clips, the concert film, the werkfilm and the portrait film on Imre Égerházi,
especially prepared for the album. In the painting gallery we receive
a cross-section on the life art of Imre Égerházi.
Naturally, the 14 pages booklet contains the photos of all of the
paintings, the biography of the artist and detailed information
on music and musicians.
Sheafs are dancing DVD-Audio won the international Prince Award
as “The best multimedia work”.