About us

Dzsinnkaladzsi

DzsinnKalaDzsi was formed by a sort of “public demand” on the 22th of november in 2014. Csaba Toth sitar player were asked by a friend: Zsuzsi Pogi to play on her oriental style birthday party. Csaba whose nickname is “DZSINN” asked “KALA” Mark Kalaitzisz djembe player and guitarist Peter Falker “DZSI” to join for the event as a one off jamming. After finishing the set in front of a modest crowd, the guys were asked by many people about the name of the band they’ve just heard. They were all surprised that the musicians were only playing together for an hour or so, and never played with each other before. That made the three guys to decide that it is a good start to form a group. Their nicknames were combined together and DZSINNKALADZSI was born.

In a few weeks time, the group wrote and recorded songs, along with them the rearranged version of a traditional Hungarian folk song Kiskece Lányom. The songs opened the way for more possibilities. The band were invited to various events, and festivals to play with well known and respected artists. After the summer of 2015 DzsinnKalaDzsi was contacted by several artists/producers and were asked to co-operate on different projects like: writing music for short movies, theatre and computer games. In September 2015, the inner- mongolian musician Qingele has joined the group and later, at the beginning of 2016 Zhenya Shubina from Russia was replacing the original drummer. On the summer of 2016 the group were invited to Babel Sound festival, Gyüttment Fesztivál, Taka-Tuka fesztivál, also played on Everness Indián Nyár and Ubik-Eklektik fesztivál. Because of the invitation to prestigious festivals and events in 2017, the band decided to expand. In January 2017 Márton Bakai violin player has joined the group as well as drummer/pianist Ádám Kalmár.

The motto of DzsinnKalaDzsi: Music is the universal language. It is all around us, connects us, inspire us. We believe that music is one of the keys for peace and understanding between people. The rhythm and melodies of different cultures from different parts of the world fit together nicely in harmony. If it is possible with the music, we know it is possible with people. Just need a little bit more time and patience.

The foundation of DzsinnKalaDzsi’s music is the pure acoustic sound of the sitar and the guitar, flavoured with acoustic percussion, mongolian tuvsuur, throat singing and jaw harp and violin. The music style is fusion world music with modern influences regarding chord progression and the style how the instruments are played. It is fusion on multiple levels. Sometimes its translated in a progressive, other times in a more traditional way.The sound of the instruments from different continents, the playing styles of different genres, sounds of different parts of the world constantly melting together. From tribal and samanic rhythms that moves the feet to warm meditative melodies accompanied by soft percussion what motivates the spirit: This is “food for the soul” music. Wonderfully represents DzsinKalaDzsi”s motto by showing how naturally and peacefully instruments, melodies and people can fit together from all over the world to create unity what pleases everyone and hurts no one.

Zhenya Shubina is a drumwoman from cold Russia. She deeply likes Mongolia, the Mongols, chocolates, and dreams. She became a member of Dzsinnkaladzsi in February 2016, after she met Qingele and Gergo on a Mongolian New Year’s eve party. Since that time, she plays darbuka, bongos, djembe cajon and other percussion. The first instrument Zhenya played was violin. She fell in love with the instrument during the first class of elementary school. The teacher came to the class and started to play.It inspired her deeply. Zhenya came home and said to her mum, “I gonna play violin”. Perhaps because of her young age or being a passionate character, after a few years she realised that this love was not the real one. During the summer of 2007 she travelled with her mum to the middle of Russia, to take part in a percussion festival called “Barabany mira”. Djembe and Zhenya met and… again, a small musical passion started to become a big one. In Moscow she studied djembe, until she moved to Budapest, where she has been attending conga and dohola classes until now. Perhaps because of her young age or fiery passion, there is a hope that these relationships have a very fruiful future.
Qingele was born in Inner Mongolia, which is an autonomous region of China. His interests in arts have shown at his early age, he studied traditional Chinese and Mongolian dances. After moving to south of China, he got interested in music. He learned to play pan flute from a Bolivian musician. Short after this he got his first topshur, as a self-student he learned to play on Jew’s harp and also studied the throat singing technique. At the beginning he was playing South American rhythms but later on he sang traditional Mongolian songs.
In Shenzhen he formed his own band and he became a professional musician. Besides their own compositions the band played songs mainly from Mongolia and Tuva. In 2012 he joined an Inner Mongolian band in Beijing called Ajinai. They toured in China and in Europe after they have made their album called Synthesis. Between 2012-2014 Qingele was playing with several other bands and musicians. He had gigs in Hong Kong and in several other big cities in China. In 2014 he moved to Hungary, Budapest with his daughter and Hungarian wife. Within a short time he was introduced to the leader of Dzsinnkaladzsi. Despite of the huge language barrier, they have found their language of communication in music. As Qingele says: ‘Nothing is more important than a good heart spiced with good music’.
Dzsinn (Csaba Tóth) spent his childhood in Edelény, a small city close to nature, with a population of 10.000.The fact that he spent most of his time in the forest as a child, helped him to develop deep connection, respect and love towards life and nature. He started practicing martial arts (Shaolin Kung-fu) and music (guitar, bass guitar) at age 11. Only since 2013 he plays the sitar, and playing this instrument for him is similar to practicing Shaolin: A road bridging through life -even many lives- to spiritual growth to openness, to freedom. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.
“I am glad and thankful, that I can walk on the road, I have chosen, and for the possibility to play music together with people like Qingele, Zhenya, Ádám and Gergő. Music for me is the special language, which ignores loops and bypasses. Straight and irrevocable communication from heart to another heart.”
Gergő Kovács was introduced to music in a very early age, as his mother was always singing to him and encourage him to sing. He was enrolled to an elementary school where increased musical classes, music theory, and playing at least 2 instruments using the Kodaly system. He chosen piccolo and piano. When he was 15, he borrowed one of his friends old acoustic guitar… That guitar is vanished, but he never put down the guitar since.
“DzsinnKalaDzsi is something I was looking forward to do for a long time. Playing with interesting and kind people, building something together, in such a natural and creative way is something worth putting all the energy in, although I feel we are only the translators. Music is coming from somewhere else.”
Ádám Kalmár started learning classical piano when he was 8.
After a few years, on one particular lunch, he started to play drums on all the plates and glasses on the dinning table. He broke a few as well. The parents had a great idea: instead of punishing him, from the next day he was enrolled to learn drumming. He finished the Music School MZTSZ in Budapest, and plays drums ever since. Ádám is very interested in learning about different cultures, and musical styles. For him playing in a fusion world music band like DzsinnKalaDzsi is what he was always wanted. He also plays drums in a Funk-Rock group Pálinka Republik.