Balkumba Tribe’s journey started in the year of 2014 being founded at the initiative of Lucian Nagy.
Thru this new project, Lucian Nagy is composing and exploring new music of his own, offering as well the chance to all the other members from the Tribe to express themselves and to bring new ideas thru their own compositions too.
The first internationally appearence happened in Berlin 2014 thru a concert organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Balkumba Tribe’s music has a fresh and original feeling built on a multifaceted spectrum of influences. A harmonious gathering and a multicoloured combination of styles where typical Balkan
Middle East and Indo-African inflections are naturally fused together.
From the Afro-Indian sphere and other ethnic influences, Lucian Nagy, Neil Yates & Johann Berby.
Jazz and latin from, Sebastian Spanache & Gabriel Rosati.
A unique “groove” combining the Afro-Indian rhythms with Middle-East & Jazz is coming from, Csaba Pusztai & Prabhu Edouard.
In these years the Tribe has performed in countries such as: Romania, Hungary, Germany, Austria…
In 2015-2016 the Tribe performed in festivals such as: American Music Festival from Arad, Fete de la Musique Festival from Timisoara, Bucharest Jazz Festival, Porgy & Bess Jazz Club from Wien, Budapest Jazz Club… On all this period the Tribe promised to take the message of this musical movement straight to the souls and minds of the people all over the places where they will perform.
Now, Lucian Nagy & Balkumba Tribe prepare the launch of the NEW album “State of Soul”.
The Tribe Members are:
Lucian Nagy – Composer | Saxophones, Flute, Bulgarian Kaval, Turkish Ney, Duduk, Vocal
Born in Arad. He graduated the high school of music ”Sabin Dragoi” at the clarinet section and the Music University of Jazz “Richard Oschanitzky” from Timisoara at the saxophone section. He took saxophone master classes in NY with Bob Franceschini & afro-latin/ brazilian music master classes in Los Angeles with PauldeCastro. He is always in constant exploration and discovery of new sub-genres in music that soon or later will define his own voice in this vast world of Music.
Sebastian Spanache – Piano, Synth
One of the leaders of the next generation of up-and-coming jazz pianists and composers on the Romanian music scene. He started his musical journey in his home town Timisoara, Romania where he began playing the piano at age 5 and then took up the study of jazz while attending the National College of Arts Ion Vidu.
After college, he started shifting his playing and compositional directions towards a more modern edge with Latin Jazz and Funk projects and gigs.
Johann Berby – Bass, Gimri, Vocal
Born in 1983 in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on Reunion Island, the culture and musical sensibilities of Johann Berby are a reflection of his origins: Indian, Malagasy and Mozambican.
Out of respect for these and other cultures he is constantly researching different traditions with a passion for music
which holds within it all the richness of the civilisation from whence it came.
Johann Berby began electric bass at the age of 16.
Csabi Pusztai – Drums, Percussions
Has studied music since the age of 5, and started drumming at 7. During the 30 years that has passed since then, he has played in highly diverse musical environments: as a jazz drummer, Latin percussionist and session musician in classical concerts, contemporary and cross-over productions, pop and theatre.
Apart from being a musician, Csaba is also a teacher, having received his teacher’s diploma from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. He teaches at the Vienna Conservatory, Budapest, and also at the Béni Egressy High School of Music.
Steve Brookfield – Sound Engineer/Producer
British Composer, Producer, Musician and a Sound Engineer.
Since 1995 he has worked on a wide range of different projects with musicians from very diverse backgrounds.
As special guests artists:
Prabhu Edouard – Tabla, Udu Drum
Regarded as one of the most versatile tabla players of his generation, he is a worthy disciple of renowned tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh. His cosmopolitan nature and love for experiments have led him to collaborate accross the globe with famous artists.
Not only a sought after performer, Prabhu is also an experienced pedagogue sharing his musical vision on various percussion masterclasses and international music seminars.
Neil Yates – Trumpet/ Flugelhorn
Multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and educator Neil Yates studied music at Salford University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He stepped out into the professional music business in 1991, as a London-based jazz trumpeter.
As an educator Neil lectures in music at Salford University, Leeds College of Music, and previously taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Gabriel Rosati – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone
Italian-Brazilian trumpeter, trombone player, singer, composer and arranger of Afro-Cuban-Brazilian rhythms, R&B, Pop, Jazz, movie soundtracks, jingles, industrial shows and certified teacher.
Nominated as BEST JAZZ at the Orange County Music Awards 2008.