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Istvan Medgyesi / Press

"Gonna leave you with a track from Istvan Medgyesi called "I Knew This Girl". Perfect, perfect, melancholy summer music, hat tip to my friend Lisa for sharing."

“Meet Istvan: Fairport Harbor — by way of Cleveland Heights — multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, auto-harp, and sitar) Istvan Medgyesi dabbles in a little bit of everything under the spacious umbrella of folk music. "I'm a very eclectic listener," he says. "Which has a big influence on the approaches I take when writing and performing." Experimental Recordings: Friendly Experiments, a collection of tracks from a series of impromptu recording sessions, came out in 2007. Between performing and studying Hindustani classical music, Medgyesi is in the process of recording a new album, which he hopes to have finished by fall. Why You Should Hear Him: On Friendly Experiments, Medgyesi channels everyone from Bob Dylan ("I Knew This Girl") to My Morning Jacket ("Morning, Morning"). He even comes close to achieving the droning nirvana of psych-rock guitar hero Ben Chasny's Six Organs of Admittance on "Truly We Dwell" and "The Lost Regions."”

“Istvan is a solo multi-instrumentalist and is known for his soulful and always evolving live performances...If you like talented musicians playing good music, you'd do well by yourself to go see Istvan...For a short answer I'd say Istvan has his own brand of eclectic music. For the long one, I hear traces of Doc Watson, John Fahey, and various ethnic stylings intertwined in his performance....Istvan plays the guitar and banjo during his live performances and wields them with the fingers of a master picker....”