HUNGARIAN SUICIDE SONG
CALL FOR PROPOSALS!
When we at the Piranha Music camp learnt that WOMEX is heading to Budapest in 2015, we decided to do something special by using the most international music conference to pay hommage to the greatest Hungarian song ever. It is the Hungarian Suicide Song, originally written and recorded as "Szomoru Vasárnap" by the pianist and composer Rezso Seress (photo) in 1933.
Since Billy Holiday adapted it in 1941 under the title Gloomy Sunday, many artists have followed with their own versions, including Björk, Ray Charles, Marianne Faithfull, Serge Gainsbourg, Diamanda Galás, Pyotr Leshchenko, Kronos Quartet & more.
Strange urban legends regarding the song popped up over the years, mostly involving its alleged connection with various suicides. The BBC and other radio networks reacted by banning the song.
OUR IDEA AND YOUR FREE PROMO TOOL FOR WOMEX 2015
In good timing with WOMEX 2015 and the following Xmas gift season, Piranha Musik (with your support) plans to release a selection of fresh worldwide versions of the Hungarian Suicide Song, starting with a WOMEX bag insert for all professional participants and afterwards marketing and selling it through our international promotion and distribution network.
If you like the idea and are interested in making a contribution, we need a professional recording of your studio or stage version no later than Ash Wednesday 18 Feb 2015.
A jury will then make a final selection balancing different styles, languages and traditions. No advances are available but recording royalties from the very first sold copy onwards will be paid on a favoured-nation basis.
UPLOAD YOUR VERSION TO WWW.SHARE.PIRANHA.DE
* Name your file clearly
* Upload your version with artist info, picture and comment on recording to www.share. piranha.de. Please zip all material to one file before uploading
* After upload, choose and adress your file to 'Yusuf Sahilli' in the list below the upload www.piranha-arts.com www
For details contact Piranha Musik Director Christoph.Borkowsky@piranha-arts.com
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