Devil in a Box
The Jani Lang Band Jani Lang is a Hungarian fiddler living in Aberdeen, where he has been working as a teacher of the violin for nearly 3 years. Previously he has been touring the UK and Europe with his band Fianna and also appeared as a soloist on some of the most important venues of the UK together with Eliza Carthy, Susanne Lundeng, Dezi Donnelly and Chris Stout. He finished his studies as a classical player, but it was as a folk fiddler he got the National Prize of Excellence. In Aberdeen local music sessions provided the starting point for an interesting mixture of musical influences and talent. That is where Jani met Tom Roche a fantastic Irish box player and Martin MacDonald a young Scottish guitar virtuoso and started to play together at local venues. Not long after they were joined by the Egyptian master of percussions, Aly Salam and Aberdeen's one and only Mike Rae on the bass. Encouraged by friends and listeners, The Jani Lang Band was born, creating a unique collaboration of Hungarian, Scottish, Irish and Egyptian musicians driven by an enthusiasm for Balkan and Gypsy music. This has developed into a shared passion and cultivated a deeper understanding of culture, language and the music. From this the "Devil in A Box" album has emerged. On the album they were joined by two of the most sought after musicians from Hungary, a rising star of the Gypsy music scene, singer-guitar player Guszti Balogh and the world famous cimbalom player, Kalman Balogh. After the recording the decision has been made to invite these two fantastic musicians as the members of the band, creating the final line up and the unique sound of the Jani Lang Band. The title "Devil in a box" comes from a traditional Gypsy song which says...." If I catch the devil, I lock him in a box and the more he moves the more I hit the box "