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Mandoki Soulmates: Music for Hope and a Better World Ahead

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UTOPIA FOR REALISTS: MANDOKI SOULMATES: NEW PROGRESSIVE ROCK VISUAL ALBUM On September 24th, the new Mandoki Soulmates visual album “Utopia for Realists,” was released worldwide simultaneously in multiple formats on Sony’s InsideOut label. As a media book the visual album presents a completely new audio-visual work. It fuses the concert film of their epic prog-rock suite “Hungarian Pictures,” which Mandoki Soulmates performed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with top-class animated paintings and atmospherically condensed shots of the Hungarian landscapes merged with film scenes of the recording sessions in the studio. The media book comes with BluRay, audio CD and deluxe booklet set, vinyl LP with large-format booklet set including also CD, and audio CD with booklet. The Mandoki Soulmates, once described by the late Soulmate Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) as “one of the best bands in the world”, also announce upcoming concert dates Under the banner “Utopia for Realists”, more than 30,000 people celebrated on 21st of August 2021 in Budapest the return to the stage of the Mandoki Soulmates and their album release concert. This was the legendary band’s first post-pandemic performance since playing the Berlin Concert Hall in November 2019. Mandoki has made it his mission to fuse progressive rock with jazz rock and to bring it back to social and political relevance. He observes, “In the 30th year of the Mandoki Soulmates’ existence, the success of our online concert shows us how deeply people are touched by our unifying message. We will only overcome our global challenges – the pandemic, financial and economic crises, migration and integration, and climate change – if we overcome the divisions across all borders. Therefore, as a common struggle for a better world, young and old rebels, we must be louder than ever before!” The soundtrack is: “Utopia for Realists” Running together through a tunnel to escape Communism for freedom tends to make for life-long bonds. For Leslie Mandoki and Gábor Csupo (supo) these bonds have now come to fruition in ways that are the things of dreams. Please welcome Singer, drummer, record producer, and founder of Mandoki Soulmates … LESLIE MANDOKI to Interviewing the Legends.

 

PURCHASE UTOPIA FOR REALISTS New Progressive Rock Visual Album Entitled "Utopia for Realists", the BluRay “Hungarian Pictures” presents a completely new audio-visual work. It fuses the concert film of our epic Prog Rock suite “Hungarian Pictures”, which we performed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with top-class animated paintings and atmospherically condensed shots of the Hungarian landscapes merged with film scenes of the recording sessions in the studio. The package is completed by an audiophile CD with the original studio recordings of the Prog Rock suite. Available as a Limited CD/Blu-ray Media book, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP-booklet, Standard CD Jewel case & as Digital Album. On ‘Utopia For Realists: Hungarian Pictures’, Leslie Mandoki plays together with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Jack Bruce (Cream), Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Bobby Kimball (Toto), David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Al di Meola, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Till Brönner, Bill Evans, Cory Henry, Richard Bona, Tony Carey (Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow), Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp), Steve Bailey, and Julia Mandoki. Mandoki Soulmates staged a global live stream event earlier this year which has achieved over half a million plays on Youtube and over 700.000 on Germany's leading TV channel ARD since its release. Watch it in full here:

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