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Wings Of Freedom Tour 2017
The Cast of the ManDoki Soulmates Wings Of Freedom Tour 2017
Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew) // David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) // Tony Carey (Rainbow) // Bill Evans (Miles Davis Band) // Cory Henry // Till Brönner // Randy Brecker // Bobby Kimball (Toto) // Klaus Doldinger (Doldinger´s Passport) // Szakcsi Lakatos // John Helliwell (Supertramp)
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ManDoki Soulmates – Wings of Freedom 2017
The head of the ManDoki Soulmates
Since decades drummer, singer and songwriter Leslie Mandoki is an influen-tial music producer. He cooperates with all major recordcompanies as well as the film industry and countless international stars and top-artists.
Of course, as a musician I was not always able to play what my artist’s heart desired. But even my time as a popstar in the seventies as a frontman of Europa´s most popular pop-group “Dschingis Khan” had it upsides getting engaged inspiring encounters closing some doors and opening others, from which lifelong friendships developed.
I had the great privilege of enjoying the trust of many outstanding artists as a songwriter and producer. I started out writing songs for Amii Stewart and then Jennifer Rush, who I also produced, I created a wonderful Americana album with Joshua Kadison and had the honour of composing for and producing with Lionel Richie. My work with Chaka Khan and with the Temptations got me into the emotional world of Motown, while the musicians of Toto got me into rock and the Brecker Brothers, Al Di Meola, Mike Stern and Bill Evans into jazz, just to name a few.
A dream for all musicians, where our visions can be realized without technical limits, our studios are creative temples not just for the music industry, but also for the film studios from Bavaria to Hollywood. As well as working on the title song for one of Germany’s most successful TV exports, I am tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to work as a German Musical Director for so many exciting and ambitious film productions for Disney from ‘Mulan’ to ‘Atlantis’, as well as working with Phil Collins on the Grammy- and Oscar-winning ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Brother Bear’, and Elton John’s ‘Road to El Dorado’ for Dreamworks.
The creative spirit of the 70s, when artists strived for unlimited individuality and freedom as well as musical virtuosity, kindled a lifelong passion in me for socially and politically relevant music with real artistic ambition. After our adventures escape, at the asylum seekers refugee camp, I was asked what I would like to do here and I answered that I had come to the West to make music with my idols and musical heroes, like Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, Al Di Meola and Jack Bruce from Cream. I was able to fulfill my dream with the ‘ManDoki Soulmates’ project. This year, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. At that time we’ve produced over ten albums, with iconic legends of jazz and rock coming together to play our songs. During the years many deep-rooted friendships have developed. From time to time, we come together in the studio at Lake Starnberg, live and cook together and create new music, just like a hippy commune. Just like Jack Bruce sad, ‘when we get together, we become a band’.
We played countless concerts with the Soulmates-band, where also many other influential artists like Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Chris de Burgh, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) and Peter Frampton got involved on stage. So I brought together a real Supergroups for the two-part TV show, ‘50 Years of Rock’.
The ship of music took us far from New York to Shanghai, from Sao Paolo to Seoul, from Los Angeles to Moscow, from London to Berlin.
A while ago, I was even on stage together with my son Gabor who was playing guitar between Steve Lukather and Al Di Meola. Today he’s a composer in many pro-jects and taking care about the production side for our company also on the road. My daughter Lara is an actress and artistically impressive, how she is making her way. Julia, my youngest daughter is a singer and quite often she shares the stage with me and my Soulmates und she’s writing beautiful songs. For all of this I feel joy and deep gratitude.
I was 16 years old when my father lost his fight against cancer. I had to promise him, that his grandchildren would never have to read censored newspapers. And his advice for me was ‘Live your dreams and don’t dream your life!’
That circle was finally closed when, after all those years, I was so privileged to play our 20th anniversary concert with my Soulmates in the Palace of Arts in my city of birth, Budapest. To stand on stage alongside legendary musicians like Jack Bruce and Al Di Meola – that was the vision I described in the refugee camp shortly after our escape 40 years ago.
When Steve Lukather and Al Di Meola said I was the ‘Hungarian Quincy Jones’, or Jack Bruce compares me with Duke Ellington, and my dear friend Ian Ander-son says I was the ‘master chief in the musical kitchen’, I’m deeply touched by these statements from my soulmates colleagues. But it’s not about me and it’s not even about us. It’s about the music.
Greg Lake said at our anniversary concert ‘What is great about it is the bringing together of a lot of really great musicians who understand each other. We almost don’t need to speak because we speak through the music and I think that is the beauty of it. You hear a lot of different music, you know, music from all spheres: there is jazz, there is rock, there is soul ballads, you know, a whole mixture of music that is played by one of the best bands you will ever hear. That’s why I do it. It is fun to play in this atmosphere, when the musicians just play for the love of music, really. It is a wonderful feeling.’
Yes, this is miracle from my point of view. It is not about the individual, but about the music and about the people, the ones who make it possible for us, who come with open hearts, who invite us into their souls and who want to look into our souls. This is the real privilege that our audience grants us. We try to say thank you for that with our music, from heart to heart, from soul to soul.
About Mandoki Soulmates
The Mandoki Soulmates LIVE on stage
The „Soulmates“ on stage, dedication to art and music – not only for enthusiasts of high-class Rock and Jazzrock. Every single concert is an experience of it´s own, also due to the ever changing line-up. This makes every musician play a little bit different and always creates never before heard versions and solos. This all combines these extraordinary musicians and soloists performing together on stage as one band.
Unforgettable moments of pure dedication to handmade music.
ONE band, ONE stage, ONE superior line-up
The ManDoki Soulmates
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