Q&A: Géza Frank, Event Horizon

What does Event Horizon have planned for 2017?

Our main focus this year certainly is our album launch, which will be announced soon! Parallel to that we focus on adding to the live production, as we are planning on involving world leading dancers from various genres for future live performances. We also plan on choreographing the entire performance, with visuals and light show elements, so there is a lot of work to do. We will also start working on album number 2 from April on. 

Which other performers/musicians have been your main influences?

There have been many influences over the years for everyone involved in this project. Too many to list really, but we always wanted to create something with this project, which has not been done before in this particular way and we bounce off each other’s influences here really effectively.

Event HorizonWhat inspires you when writing and playing?

That is an easy question in regards to our music: The cosmos! Phenomenal humankind encounters in a continuous effort to better know and understand the vast universe we live in. We write our music to specific emotional pictures that arise when thinking of things like galaxies, light, Stars, Meteors and our own human condition within the endlessness of space.

We want to take the listener on a journey of colours, sounds and emotions, to these faraway exotic places we encounter in space, in order to give the otherwise dry scientific aspect of space exploration an emotional dimension. 

Which bands or artists from the contemporary Trad music scene, in Scotland or elsewhere, do you rate most?

A difficult one, since there are many great and noteworthy acts out there at the minute! Among our all-time favourites and most esteemed are certainly LAU, Treacherous Orchestra, Jeremy Kittel, Brian Finnegan, Sylvain Barou, Moxie, Jarlath Henderson and many more. 

Have you played TradFest before? Are there any other acts on the programme you’d recommend seeing?

This is our first time playing for TradFest – and of course we also recommend you go and see Fourth Moon... since most of us are in that band too!

What does Tradition mean to you?

Tradition is a quintessential thing, without which none of us would be here today. It is a versatile cultural tool of survival, as well as of rooting and preserving the very soul of certain places and people.

For us it is a strange one really, since most of us have no deep roots with our own cultural heritage in Austria, France and Italy but have instead developed links with Scottish and Irish tradition. In this project, the traditional elements in the music stand for this very essential rooting that human culture seems to need, all while moving forward; evolving and growing with science and technology. 

Event Horizon is on Sun 30 Apr at 8.30pm

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