TONY LAKATOS - Tony Lakatos


The AMBIKA 7* is killing, and is now my main mouthpiece! Just Beautiful!!!It's really dark and jazzy with edge, and it's totally even over the whole horn. Also, almost all my reed's work on it! No more bad reeds!


Tony was born into a musician family on the 13th of November 1958 in Budapest, Hungary. His Father and younger brother Roby were famous gipsy violinists so, not surprisingly, his musical study began on the violin at the age of 6. Tony began the saxophone when he was 15 years old, and decided to become a professional musician when he won a national jazz competition in 1977. He graduated from the jazz department of the Bela Bartu00f3k Conservatory in Budapest in 1979. Shortly after he moved to Germany in 1981 and became one of the most respected saxophone players in Germany as well as worldwide. He performed as a saxophone soloist in numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts.From 1985 thru 1996 Tony was a member of the successful PILI-PILI Band (lead by Jasper Van't Hof). Since 1993 he has been a soloist in the H. R. Big Band - Radio Station.ony was in the TV Show 'Jazz in Concert' in Switzerland in 1991. He was also the first Hungarian musician on the Gavin Report Top Ten in the American Jazz Music Radio with his 1993-4 CDs 'Recycling' (Jazzline) and 'The News' (Jazzline). In 1997 the CD 'Generation X' (jazzline) came out with the legendary Randy Brecker on trumpet. Tony signed an exclusive contract with SKIP RECORDS in 2002 and continues to tour in Europe, USA, Japan, South Africa, India, Singapore, Indonesia and many other parts of the world.Tony has taught jazz master classes in Holland, Austria, Switzerland, USA, UK, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, etc...


Why did you choose to become a musician?
I came from a musical culture being a Hungarian Gipsy. In fact, everyone in my family was a musician. All of them were violin players...I'm the only bad guy, playing the saxophone. So, there was no other option but for me to be a musician.  Though, it was not really my choice....I’m happy with my father’s choice.

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I'm connected with the music I'm playing, the music gives me a sense of freedom; a feeling of flying and see the world up from the sky.

What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
Exactly the opposite... just trying to find my place in the music and get through somehow....

Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
Most of my inspiration comes from the past, from the great masters of jazz and tenor saxophone. Also Eastern European and Indian music help me to find my sound.

What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
While I am improvising, I am really into the music. I feel like I am in a different dimension, maybe in the world of the Gods. I believe strongly in spirituality and a creator of the human being (not the human body ...this is evolution probably??). The name of that creator could be... Jahve, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Siva..... I don't know, probably all of them in one!

Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
Composing is just improvising with the ability fix any mistakes. At home I don't get as much inspiration as on the I need more time and to wait for ideas to arise. Sometimes I wait for days, or even weeks...!?!?

Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
Years ago I was in Thailand in a Wat-Po (famous Bangkok temple) as a tourist with my family and thousands of other tourists.  I was taking pictures and doing what tourists normally do, when a little Thai boy come to me and asked to come with him because a monk wants to see me. I did not understand. Why me????? I was in the middle of thousands of other tourists. At first I didn't want to go ....but the boy asking me about 100 times. So I finally decided to go with him. We had about a 15 minute walk away from the touristic area to where the monks where living in small houses. He showed me a particular house and told me to go inside. So I did. There was an old Buddhist monk sitting there who and asked me to sit down. I didn't understand what happened next, but I guess he was praying over my head for 5 minutes very quietly. After that he sent me a way. That’s all....