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Sandor Lakatos


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Sándor Déki Lakatos is the leader of the band. As a Lakatos, he is the sixth generation of Gypsy violinists. At the age of 14 he already played second fiddle in his father’s - Sándor Lakatos’s - band. Thirty years ago he formed his own and has since travelled the world, making music in elegant night spots and eateries, concert halls and radio and television studios. He and his band have recorded a great deal, both at home and abroad.

Sándor Déki Lakatos stands for the kind of Gypsy music which Bartók Béla had in mind when he wrote in 1931: “It makes me very happy that here in Hungary most of the light music is our own speciality, Magyar folksy tunes. Far be it from me to cry ‘perish’ to those who serve up this mass product. On the contrary’ I hope that they will hold their own for years to come against every assult by Schrammel music or jazz, that they will stick to their old reperotire, keeping the hues as old fashioned as possible.”

Sándor Déki Lakatos - in keeping with Bartók’s intentions - maintains the traditions of Gypsy music. At the same time, within his art-form, he is an innovator, thanks to his extraordinary musicality, virtuoso fiddling and, last but not least, his suggestive personality.

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