Mandoki Soulmates Announce Utopia For Realists: Hungarian Pictures

Leslie Mandoki, Studio 1, Tutzing

Mandoki Soulmates announce Utopia For Realists: Hungarian Pictures

Photo credit: Red Rock Production

Expanded release set for 24th September 2021

InsideOutMusic recently announced the signing of Mandoki Soulmates, featuring renowned musician, songwriter and producer Leslie Mándoki. On the 24th September, a brand-new expanded version of his ‘Hungarian Pictures’ suite, will be released under the title:

‘Utopia For Realists: Hungarian Pictures’.

Alongside the original remixed and remastered music, a brand new Blu-ray audio-visual album will be released, combining the recording of the concert film of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an impressive cinematic realization of the individual musical episodes. It also provides exclusive insights behind the scenes of the Soulmates production live and in the studio, a “making of”. The album will also be released as a standalone Gatefold 2LP+CD+LP-Booklet, and a standard CD jewelcase.


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: 


1 Sessions In The Village  00:06:50

2 Utopia For Realists  00:02:08

3 Transylvanian Dances  00:26:38

4 You’ll Find Me In Your Mirror  00:02:34

5 Return To Budapest  00:15:27

6 Barbaro  00:04:31

7 The Torch  00:05:50


1 Session In The Village  Live In Berlin  00:07:12

2 Utopia For Realists  Live In Berlin  00:02:19

3 Transylvanian Dances  Live In Berlin  00:21:42

4 You’ll Find Me In Your Mirror  Live In Berlin  00:02:54

5 Return To Budapest  Live In Berlin  00:09:22

6 Pre-Barbaro  Live In Berlin  00:04:43

7 The Torch  Live In Berlin  00:09:37

8 Intro  The Movies  00:03:04

9 Session In The Village  The Movies  00:03:20

10 Transylvanian Dances  The Movies  00:02:13

11 The Truth Behind The Dance  The Movies  00:02:05

12 Cedar Of Life  The Movies  00:01:42

13 Session In The Academy  The Movies  00:03:34

14 Utopia For Realists  The Movies  00:02:13

15 Children’s Dance  The Movies  00:03:26

16 You’ll Find Me In Your Mirror  The Movies  00:02:38

17 New York  The Movies  00:02:25

18 Furioso  The Movies  00:05:51

19 The Torch  The Movies  00:05:51

20 Behind The Scenes    00:47:45

The Prog Rock Suite ‘Hungarian Pictures’ as a live concert film, supplemented by studio recordings, films and a comprehensive making-of documentary combined into a holistic audiovisual work of art, is further proof of the indomitable creativity of Leslie Mandoki

and his soulmates.

Background on ‘Hungarian Pictures’:

‘Hungarian Pictures’ is constructed as a suite, based on compositions and themes by

Bartók, supplemented with the bands original songs. Together with Greg Lake of Emerson Lake & Palmer, and Jon Lord of Deep Purple, Leslie had worked on the seed of this idea years ago.

Leslie explains:

“For Bartók, diversity in culture creates enrichment. He believed that it is precisely from these differences that art draws the strength that enables further development. He mixed sounds and traditional melodies from different regions of the Carpathian Plain in order to set an example against the burgeoning threat of National Socialism (Nazism) through the unifying aspects of music. That unifying impulse inspired Jon Lord, Greg Lake, and me.

After completing our Mandoki Soulmates “Wings Of Freedom” tour through Europe, we gave a concert in New York’s Beacon Theater. The Soulmates show was a great success with an enthusiastic New York audience, standing ovations, and positive press reviews.

For me, a former asylum seeker who over four decades ago fled from a communist dictatorship to freedom, this success in the “Land of the Free” is a very special moment.

After the concert, I spent a few days with my children in Van Morrison’s former house in Topanga Canyon, one of the old “hippie” neighborhoods of Los Angeles. I used this free time to reflect on social developments over the past few years.

It became clear to me that we as artists are being challenged to become louder, to be a thorn in the side of society, and to bring progressive jazz rock back to real socio-political relevance. This is how the first ideas for a new album came about. It is the most ambitious and best project we ever worked on.”



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