Szilárd Banai

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Szilárd Banai

About

Paiste Artist Since
December 2011

Nationality
Hungary

Main Affiliation
Independent

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„There has always been a typical PAISTE sound in my head, as I grew up listening to 80's pop-rock records. I also have a classical music background because of my Mom, who is a classical percussionist. These early imprints nourished my inspiration for the sound of Paiste. For me this is the way the cymbal should sound.“

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Biography

Szilard Banai is one of the busiest drummers in Hungary. He has played on more than 60 records in different styles. Szilard plays: jazz, rock, pop, fusion, world music. Several of his albums had nominations and won awards in Europe and in the United States. He has been continually touring with his band Silhouette and Vinx around the world. Szilard is the founder, leader and the composer of this band. Vinx is the singer, percussionist and the composer. He recorded and toured with some of the music industry’s greatest icons: Stevie Wonder, Sting, Cher, Tom Jones, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis. He currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Szilard also working as a solo performer and clinician and teacher. Some of his international works: La Rioja Drumming Festival, Spain (2017 Clinician, Performer ), Jam Session School University, Barcelona (2017 Clinician) , Saulkrasi Jazz Festival, Latvia (2018, 2008 Clinician, Performer). Szilard appears in reviews and articles of the word's leader drum magazines like: Modern Drummer, Drum, Drums and Percussion, Sticks etc ... He directed and composed a drum duet DVD. Paiste presented this material at NAMM and Frankurt Messe in 2016. He has played at the biggest music festivals of the world from Pori Jazz, Rochester Jazz(NY) to Stockholm Jazz and Panang Jazz (Malaysia) with artists including: Steve Hackett, Vinx, David Murray, Gulli Briem, Djabe, Glen Sobel, Dom Famularo, Gene Hoglan, Josh Dion... His awards: Golden Drumstick (2009) eMeRTon Award (2001) Fonogram Award (2012) Prince Award (2003)

Setup Cymbals

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    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Full, wet with a brittle, trashy side. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft and very responsive, giving feel with a short, exploding sparkly splash character. Very well suited for dynamic effect accents in many musical styles. Also, well suited for hand playing in percussive set-ups.

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    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, crisp, warm, rich, open. Wide range, fairly complex mix. Very responsive feel, quick attack. A nice and crispy stick sound supported by a strong, open and dark shimmering wash. Perfect control. Well suited for all styles of music that require great dynamics and full-bodied ride sound.

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, silvery, breathy. Wide range, slightly complex, dense mix. Soft, giving, very responsive feel. A sturdy thin crash with a rich, cutting character. Perfect for patterned playing and filling sound spaces in minimal instrumentation.

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, crisp, sharp. Wide range, clean mix. Very responsive feel. Crisp stick sound, energetic open sound. Bright, defined chick. Cutting hi-hats for precise playing in wide-ranging styles. While Color Sound 900 feature essentially the same sound and function as the 900 Series, the color coating causes a slightly drier sound, shortens the sustain a bit, and results in a more focused attack.

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