Kari-On Productions is proud to introduce
The cimbalom is a concert hammered dulcimer: a type of chordophone composed of a large, trapezoidal box with metal strings stretched across its top. It is a musical instrument commonly found in Hungary and throughout the group of Central-Eastern European nations and cultures which composed Austria-Hungary (1867–1918), namely contemporary Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is also popular in Greece. The cimbalom is (typically) played by striking two beaters against the strings. The steel treble strings are arranged in groups of 4 and are tuned in unison. The bass strings which are over-spun with copper, are arranged in groups of 3 and are also tuned in unison. The Hornbostel-Sachs musical instrument classification system registers the cimbalom with the number 314.122-4,5. Moreover, the instrument name “cimbalom” also denotes earlier, smaller versions of the cimbalom, and folk cimbaloms, of different tone groupings, string arrangements, and box types.
In English, the cimbalom spelling is the most common, followed by the variants, derived from Austria-Hungary’s languages, cimbál, cymbalom, cymbalum, țambal, tsymbaly and tsimbl etc. Santur, Santouri, sandouri and a number of other non-Austro-Hungarian names are sometimes applied to this instrument in regions beyond Austria-Hungary which have their own names for related instruments of the hammer dulcimer family.
Marius Preda, born in 1977 comes from a musical family, where at the age of four, he received his first big toy from his grandmother. It was a Cimbalom! He immediately fell in love with this toy and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! He spent all of his days and nights playing the new instrument.
In 1993, Marius was invited to the Netherlands, and in ‘95 he began to study the Vibraphone at the Jazz Department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he graduated with a distinction. With the skills, he accumulated over these years, Marius was able to develop a new way of playing the cimbalom. As a result, he became the first cimbalom player in the history of Jazz.
Over the years, Marius has played with and contributed to: Arturo Sandoval, Mike Stern, Vladimir Cosma, Dennis Chambers, Tom Kennedy, Teymur Phell, Sanah Kadoura, John Patitucci, Andreas Oberg, Lewis Nesh, Leonid Ptashka, Dave Kikoski, Didier Lockwood, André Rieu, Flairck, Anne Ducros, Philip Catherine, Rosenberg Trio, Nolwen Leroy, Richard Sanderson, Gheorghe Zamfir, Robby Lakatos, Decebal Badila, Tudi Zaharescu, The Basily’s, Taco Gorter, Robin Koerts, Kiba Dachi and many more!
Respected and lauded by other musicians for his mastery, Arturo Sandoval explains it best, “Marius is a gift from God for our own enjoyment,” which Sandoval and Vladimir Cosma both were involved with the production Mission Cimbalon. Cosma explains, “Marius is one of the best musicians that I have worked with during my entire music career.”
Mission Cimbalon features a cavalcade of top-notch jazz royalty, including Arturo Sandoval, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Tom Kennedy, Teymur Phell, Sanah Kadoura, Taco Gorter, Robin Koerts & Kiba Dachi. It is Preda’s life ambition to expose the world to this glorious instrument and to bring into focus its history and cement its place it the jazz canon.
“Marius is a gift from God for our own enjoyment.”
“Marius is one of the best musicians that I have worked with during my entire music career.”
Welcome to Mission Cimbalom
Be prepared for a new musical adventure with Marius Preda!
Produced by Marius Preda & Arturo Sandoval.
Featuring: Arturo Sandoval, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Tom Kennedy, Teymur Phell, Sanah Kadoura, Taco Gorter, Robin Koerts & Kiba Dachi.
01. Mission Cimbalom
composer Marius Preda, 04:34
02. Adriana, feat: Arturo Sandoval
composer Marius Preda, 05:59
03. Place St. Henri
composer Oscar Peterson, arr. Marius Preda, 05:07
04. Nature Boy
composer Eden Ahbez, arr. Marius Preda, 04:55
05. Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire
composer Vladimir Cosma, arr. Marius Preda, 06:58
06. Tango for the Giants
composer Marius Preda, 06:58
07. Waltz for Debby
composer Bill Evans, arr. Marius Preda, 03:19
08. St. Arturo, feat: Arturo Sandoval
composer Marius Preda. 06:04
09. Buongiorno Petrucciani
composer Marius Preda, 05:45
composer Arturo Sandoval, arr. Marius Preda, 02:59
11. Oscar’s World, feat: Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers & Tom Kennedy
composer Marius Preda, 03:38
12. B.A.T.C. feat: Arturo Sandoval, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers & Tom Kennedy
composer Marius Preda, 04:58
13. 198 Strings vs Stern & Preda, feat: Dennis Chambers & Tom Kennedy
composers Marius Preda & Mike Stern, 04:46
Player and instrument:
Marius Preda - cimbalom, vibraphone, violin,accordeon, piano, pan pipes and vocals
Arturo Sandoval - trumpet
Mike Stern - guitar
Dennis Chambers - drummer
Ton Kennedy - bass
Teymur Phell - bass
Sanah Kadoura - drums
Taco Gorter - drums
Robin Koerts - bass