Sándor Szabó

Artist of the Month | March 2019


As a recording, mixing and mastering sound engineer I can say that this pickup is revolutionary, also in recording. So far I really hated all traditional piezo pickups. I was skeptic about the K&K but when I heard recordings with different mics plus a pickup signal I started to use only the pickup because it was far better than the mics. On Kevin Kasting’s album Kismaros I used only the K&K Pure Pickup because the mic signal was unusable for that mix because of phase issues. So the K&K is the first and only pickup which is a perfect device to capture the sound of acoustic instruments in a professional way for recording.

I have a very special Lance McCollum 12-string baritone acoustic guitar and I have installed the K&K pickup. It sounds FANTASTIC. Your pickups compete with some very high end microphones. I have maybe 10 guitars and would install K&K on all of them!

Born in 1956 in Törökszentmiklós, Hungary, he started his studies with a private teacher of classical guitar. After trying different styles from the middle of the seventies, he began to focus on improvisation and composition. His career started in 1980. From the beginning of his carreer he belongs to the exotic players and composers. In his compositions he blends the far-Eastern music with the Hungarian folk traditions in an improvised context. He plays all kind of guitars, ouds, guzheng, esraj. He soon became known internationally with his original style, modern pieces, and deep spirituality. His music can be heard on more than 60 records, which has been released in England, USA, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Norway and Hungary.

Szabó is a world touring musician, performed throughout Europe, Australia, USA, Japan, Canada, India, South-Korea, Venezuela as a solo guitar player. He also did some master classes in the US, France, Belgium, Italy and India introducing his special harmony concept and improvisation method. He is a master of playing 12 and 16- string baritone guitars.

In 2012 he has published his first book in Hungary titled The Metaphysics Of The Music. In 2010 he finished his monumental composition called Hungarian Guitar Raphsody. This the very first and only Hungarian guitar music so far which based on Hungarian traditional songs and dances. With his exotic Hungarian repertoare he became an important figure of the international guitar scene.

In 2015 he published his second book called The Musicmaker Ancient East, then in 2017 his third book called Phylosofic Contemplations About Music. Sándor Szabó regularly takes part in oriental scientific music conferences as independent music researcher representing Hungary.


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