David Yengibarian

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2012 - On Eastern way

The sincerity of the playful moment

...Pannonian melancholy mixed with Armenian tradition, a deep utopia in Mediterranean joy, dwelling on  Eastern European emigrants’ experience -journeys that are undertaken rather as a necessity then by free will, which have an uncertain duration and represent an ongoing search (maybe only latently)  for what is left behind. The journey throughout ever different motives of music, undertaken by this energetic duo, represents a game which leads into the ambient of  that what is inter-genre and above-possible, which moves  outside of the stone gates of  conventional, in the sphere of the trans-national and trans-traditional, without denying the difference between expressions and means of expressions. The collaboration of Kovač and Yengibarian is the point where jazz, contemporary chamber and classical music and the artistic derivatives of the music of the Balkans and Armenia meet. Improvisation is common to both these musicians: it is the language they share. Their freedom in playing music spontaneously is their way to overcome barriers set by music, geopolitics, tradition - their way to make these barriers soft, to provoke there passivity and to make them dance or play in the dynamics of variability, difference and in the form of freedom. The virtuoso dialog of the two musicians, the sincerity of the moment they create and which lasts, makes this music project different, nonconventional, innovative - makes it mirror still unexplored possibilities.

This spontaneous journey, which started as an unplanned meeting, visits the utopia of memories, memories of what was left behind, and brings them to life again, in the freshness of the present moment, with the richness that they  acquired  as time went by.


2010 - No compromise

I met Józsi Botos in Maria Street in the 8th discrict in 2003. He became a member of the band when the trio that I had founded sacked me. They kept drinking coffees, smoking, and blabbering during the rehearsals. This made me increasingly tense, and it showed. This was the point when I decided that there’s NO COMPROMISE.

I met Jancsi Egri in a jazz camp in Tatabánya in ‘97. We still keep in touch.

In 2003 I have founded the new trio with the two of them. Once I was sitting in a pub in Almássy Square and jotted down these names on a piece of paper: Karim Weemaels, Matt Darriau, Eddie Neumann, Tom Walsh, Komlan Agbekpenou, Adalberto el Bamba Dominguez.

This was when I envisaged the No Compromise band. I met and played with each of them on different occasions in different places. It was evidently different to play with them each.

E.g. I met Komlan in the L’archiduc Club in Brussels before I went on stage. Within 20 minutes we were playing together happily.

I met Eddie Neumann on the Orient Express tour in Italy. I can’t tell stories that would make one grasp and say „Wow, that’s fantastic!”, but they were each so impressive musical and human encounters that I have decided to bring these people together.

I have to tell that the bass guitarist is from Cuba. I met him in Brussels too. He only speaks Spanish, and I tried to communicate with him in French and English. But when we started playing music....

Most of the compositions on the album were performed in theatre. Later I have adapted them for this band. This is the result.




2003 - David Yengibarian and Frank London - Pandoukht








2002 - Balázs Elemér Group - Around the world




2001 -  Trio Yengibarian -  Tango Passion








David Yengibarian Duo

David Yengibarian - piano accordion
Boris Kovac - saxophone

David Yengibarian Trio

David Yengibarian - piano accordion
István Bata - bass guitar
Márk Badics - drums

David Yengibarian Octet


David Yengibarian - piano accordion

Botos József – guitar

Tom Walsh – trombone

Eduard Jak Neumann - tenor sax

Karim Weemaels – alto- és tenor sax, sax soprano, doublebass, clarinette

Matt Darriau - alto sax, clarinette, kaval

Adalberto el Bamba Dominguez Iriarte - bassguitar

Agbekpenou Komlan Octave - drums