Folk music and jazz through drums, mantras from world music arrive in the space of the heart.
Zoltán Bordás At the age of 6, Zoli declared that he would become a drummer. So it was…. There were no percussion lessons in his home village, so he could only enroll in the trumpet, but it was not his instrument.... He started playing drums in high school, in a school band, and then in Dorogo, he began his jazz drum studies at the Erkel Ferenc Music School with Tibor Mihály. After high school, he became a private student of Iván Nestor, then continued his musical career at the Kőbánya Music Studio, where his teachers were Gábor Szendi, János Solti, Vilmos Jávori, and János Sramkó. He was also able to learn from Gyula Babos, Attila László, and Egon Póka in orchestra exercises. He was able to play in several musical styles, from pop music, through rock and metal genres to jazz, at many concerts, on TV and radio programs, and on recordings. He has worked in many bands, including Watch My Dying, which plays complex metal music, toured with Pa-Dö-Dö, played on Tibor Bornai's solo album, was an accompanist for Gergő Rácz for many years, played in Bálint Gájer's band, and is a permanent replacement for Mistrál together, he also plays on Tamás Tóbisz Tinelli's solo album or on the Kollár-Klemencz Chamber Orchestra's latest album.
He is a member of the orchestra of the Kolibri Children's and Youth Theatre. He began his college studies at the Jazz Department of János Kodolányi College, majoring in jazz drums, his teachers were Péter Szendőfi and István Baló. He then graduated from the Vienna Conservatorium in Budapest, where he studied jazz and classical percussion, where his teachers were Csaba Pusztai and Zoltán Köte. He studied classical percussion with Éva Toldi in Debrecen and Zsuzsa Angyal in Miskolc. In addition to playing music, he has been teaching percussion instruments for more than 20 years at the Bence Szabolcsi Music School in Nyergesújfalu. He also taught in Tata, Esztergom, Párkány, at Zoltán Köte's private school and in the camps he organized. He has been a permanent teacher of the DobMánia international camp for more than 10 years. He composed several percussion works for his students, one of which won a prize at the Váci National Chamber Music Festival and Competition.
He has always been interested in the world of traditional percussion instruments, but he did not have the opportunity to learn it or purchase instruments in the early periods. As a first step, he started accompanying oriental dancers in darbuka, then took lessons from Tamás Smuk and Gábor Ölvedi and regularly participated in their drum circles. He received an honorable invitation from Gábor to the Al Tabla Percussion Group he leads. He could also accompany famous dance artists with the team, such as Kata Schafer or Krisztina Amira Németh. During college, he started taking conga lessons from Csaba Pusztai, and later from Kornél Mogyoró. The discovery of world music coincided with the beginning of music studies. The first deep musical influences were John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Trilok Gurtu, and Chick Corea's Spanish-inspired records. His later studies and bands turned him towards the folk music of other cultures and Hungarian folk music. He has also been playing in world music ensembles for many years. He played in a fusion band called Folksz, which puts folk music arrangements and poems to music, this year he was able to make his second album with the band Attacca World Music, and he also plays in a folk music-inspired group called Lilium Acoustic. His instruments: drum set, melodic instruments (xylophones, metallophones), darbuka, frame drums, conga, tapan, kanjira, riq, djembe, cajon.