Welcome to our website! We are very excited to release our debut album into the world! Take a listen, watch some of our videos and feel free to get in touch with us! We hope you enjoy!


BAND BIO
Central Europe’s multiple award winning jazz-fusion musicians team up with a master Guinean djembéfola to create a driving modern sound based on the African musical heritage

 

The origins of Euro-African Playground lie in a vision of a band that drummer Marton Juhasz always dreamed of as a child. Fascinated by African rhythm, he imagined towering grooves, dense rhythmic interplay, deep polyphonic textures and virtuosic improvisation. After years of growth and work as a jazz musician, Marton rediscovered his passion in 2011. He brought together the region’s most sought after players to create an ensemble with a contemporary sound grounded in the music of Africa. Accomplished Guinean djembéfola Ibrahima Cheikh Fall accepted the invitation to join the band in 2013 and together they seek new meaning for this cultural heritage in Europe. The band performs both original repertoire and songs carefully selected from thousands of traditional and popular African recordings, covering a vast area from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, Mali and beyond. Over the last four years the band has gained excellent reputation for quality world music performances. In 2014 Euro-African Playground was voted ‘Band of the Year’ on the reader’s poll of JazzMa, online jazz music magazine.

MEMBERS
The musicians in the band are some of the most accomplished, internationally acclaimed artists of the region. Like some of the most exciting groups in history, Euro-African Playground is full of young raw talent.

 

 

Ibrahima Cheikh Fall – Djembe, Balafon, Vocals

  • Soloist for Guinean band ‘Batafon’ at age 10
  • Soloist of the renowned Senegalese band, ‘Bougarabou’
  • Dancer in the ‘Africa Matimbo’ percussion and ballet group in Dakar.

Janos Aved – Saxophone

  • Member of the European Saxophone Ensemble
  • Member of Modern Art Orchestra (the band has featured Kurt Elling, The New York Voices, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Adam Nussbaum, Mezzoforte, Rhoda Scott)

Marton Fenyvesi – Guitar

  • New York Jazz Competition “Arrangement” Category, 1st Prize
  • “European Jazz Masters” MA Scholarship Program, 2012 – 2014
  • 2012 – Jazz Soloist Competition, Monaco – First Prize

Istvan Toth Jr. – Guitar

  • 2013 – Montreux Guitar Competition – Public Prize
  • Guitarist for Palya Bea

Mike Gotthard – Guitar

  • 2015 – Budapest Music Expo – “Talent of the Year”

Aron Talas – Keyboard

  • 2015 – Montreux Solo Piano Competition Finalist

Kornel Mogyoro – Percussion

  • has performed with Benjamin Herman, Raynald Colom, Paulo Russo, Martin Shaw, Vincent Mascart, „Dhoad” Gipsies Of Rajastan.

Benedek Kiss – Bass

  • 2008 Codarts Rotterdam Conservatorium, Bachelor of Music
  • 2012 Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Master of Music

Marton Juhasz – Drums

  • 2005 – National Solo Percussion Competition – First Prize
  • 2010 – Foundation for Hungarian Percussion Culture Award
  • 2015 – Record with Lionel Loueke on BMC Records

 

CONCERTS

We hope to see you soon at one of our concerts!

 

 

2015.12.17 – 19h / Levice / Slovakia

2015.12.13 – 19:30h / Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest, Hungary

2015.12.02 – 20h / Opus Jazz Club / Budapest, Hungary

2015.11.04 – 20h / Akvarium Club / Budapest, Hungary

CD Release Party feat. SENA, Fanta Inna Camara & Mmah Soumah

2015.10.25 – 20h / Palace of Arts / Budapest / Hungary

What an honour! WOMEX 2015 Artist Award winner Cheikh Lo invited our djembe player, Ibrahima Cheikh Fall, to join him on stage at his Müpa Budapest concert tonight!

2015.10.14 – 20h / GOLYA / Budapest / Hungary

feat. Yamoussa Sylla djembéfola

2015.9.16 – 12h / Budapest Arena / Budapest / Hungary

We are happy that Ibro, Kornel and Marton, the percussionists of Euro-African Playground can show their support for fighting child hunger in Hungary. The charity concert will feature an incredible line-up of artists.

2015.9.12 – 16h / Keleti Station / Budapest

Euro-African Playground will perform on the International Day of Solidarity.

2015.9.8 – 20h / Kobuci Garden / Budapest

2015.8.16 – 23h / Sziget Festival / Budapest / Hungary

2015.8.9 – 20h / Pegazus / Szentbékkála / Hungary

2015.8.8 – 18h / Debrecen Jazz Festival / Debrecen / Hungary

2015.8.4 – 20h / Moszkva Cafe/ Oradea / Transylvania

2015.3.3 – 21h / Jazz&Blues Club / Targu Mures / Transylvania
 
2015.8.2 – 16h / Dob-Ban Rhythm Fest / Csíkszereda / Transylvania
 
2015.8.1 – 21h / Jazz Cafe / Kézdivásárhely / Transylvania
 
2015.7.31 – 20h / New Studio / Sepsiszentgyörgy / Transylvania
PAST CONCERTS
2015.7.30 – 21h / Atelier Cafe / Cluj Napoca / Transylvania
2015.7.10 – 20h / VeszpremFest / Veszprem / Hungary
2015.5.29 – 20h / Music ACafe / Nitra / Slovakia
2015.5.23 – 20h /Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2015.5.20 – 20h / Kafe Scherz / Bratislava / Slovakia
2015.5.16 – 19h / Turkeve / Hungary
2015.5.14 – 20h / Reigen Live / Vienna / Austria
2015.4.8 – 21h / Opus Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2015.4.4 – 20h / G3 / Budapest / Hungary
2015.1.27 – 19h / Europa Point / Budapest / Hungary
2015.1.10 – 20h / G3 / Budapest / Hungary
2015.5.23 – 20h /Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
Club Birthday Party
2014.12.4 – 20h /Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2014.11.5 – 20h / Reigen Live / Vienna / Austria
2014.10.10 – 20h / Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2014.9.7 – 20h / SeptemberFest / Budapest / Hungary
2014.9.6 – 16h / Albertirsa / Hungary
2014.9.3 – 21h / Opus Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2014.7.17 – 20h / Atelier Cafe / Cluj Napoca / Transylvania
2014.7.16 – 20h / Moszkva Garden / Oradea / Transylvania
2014.7.14 – 20h / VeszpremFest / Veszprem / Hungary
2014.7.10 – 20h / Békéscsaba / Hungary
2014.5.24 – 19:30h / A38 Ship / Budapest / Hungary
Opening with a set for Fatoumata Diaware!
2014.5.10 – 20h / International Drum Gala / Cegled / Hungary
2014.5.2 – 20h / Godor Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2014.5.1 – 19:30h / Cegled / Hungary
2014.5.1 – 14h / Soroksar / Hungary
2014.4.12 – 20h / Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2014.3.21 – 20h / Godor Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2014.3.20 – 20h / Zsolnay Center / Pecs / Hungary

2013.12.21 – 20h / Godor Klub / Budapest / Hungary

2013.12.11 – 20h / Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2013.11.28 – 20h / Gödör Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2013.9.8 – 18h / SeptemberFest / Budapest / Hungary
2013.9.7 – 18h / ZrinyiFest / Szigetvar / Hungary
2013.9.6 – 19:30h / FurmintFest / Mad / Hungary
2013.7.5 – 20h / Gödör Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2013.5.25 – 20h / Kaposvar / Hungary
2013.5.4 – 20h / International Drum Gala / Cegled / Hungary
2013.5.3 – 20h / Gödör Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2013.4.27 – 20h / Gödör Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2012.11.29 – 20h / Gödör Klub / Budapest / Hungary
2012.8.21 – 21h / Gödör Camp / Agard / Hungary
2012.1.19 – 20h / Budapest Jazz Club / Budapest / Hungary
2012.1.17 – 20h / Gödör Klub / Budapest / Hungary

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