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After Crying


After Crying is one of the most exciting musical formations of the Hungarian and International musical scene, a creative workshop, playing 'contemporary classical music' that actually speaks the same language as progressive rock.
Started in 1986 as an acoustic trio, Gábor Egervári (flute), Csaba Vedres (piano) and Péter Pejtsik (cello) based their music on influences by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók as well as Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the King Crimson and Laurie Anderson. Over the past 27 years the band has grown and has constantly been morphing from an acoustic chamber ensemble to a progressive rock band, lately performing many times with a full symphonic orchestra.

Back in 1990 they signed with Periferic Records, an important indie label in the prog genre, releasing their first album ‘Overground Music’ and the collaboration lasts since then.

After Crying has performed in every major Hungarian concert venue, ranging from small clubs to 10000-seat arenas, and has been on several tours: Portugal, England and Israel in the early years, later France (ProgLife Festival, 1998, ProgSud, 2000 and 2007), Mexico (Baja Prog, 1999, 2000), Venezuela (2000), USA (NEARFest, 2001) and in the following years Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Greece.

The Highland magazine elected After Crying for the ‘Best Band of 1998’.

"We really think After Crying is the best band in the world, along with YES, KING CRIMSON and ELP."
Didier Gonzalez, Highlands Magazin

In the poll of the Spanish magazine ‘Progvisions’ After Crying came out as the ‘Best Progressive Band of the ‘90s’ and ‘De Profundis’ (1996) was chosen as the ‘Best Studio Album’. The same album was elected ‘CD of the month’ at the Italian music journal Cranium Music.

At the first progressive festival in Hungary (1996) they shared the stage with Peter Hammill (Van der Graf Generator) and the Ritual band.

In August 1997 After Crying was joined by John Wetton (UK, King Crimson, ASIA) to perform ‘Starless’ at the ‘West Gate Festival’ in Budapest. The recording has been published on the ‘Struggle For Life – Essential’ (2000) album.

In 2001 After Crying played in the U.S. on the ‘NEARFest’ in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, sharing the stage with Tony Levin and California Guitar Trio.

A milestone of the band’s entire career was a Symphonic concert at the Liszt Academy Concert Hall in 2000, Budapest, (released on the concert album ‘Bootleg Symphony’). It lead the way to many highly successful future symphonic performances:

• 2001 with the After Crying Philharmonic, Budapest, Academy of Music (the band’s 15th Anniversary)
• 2004 with the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Miskolc
• 2006 with the Danubia Symphony Orchestra, Budapest, Palace of Arts (the band’s 20th Anniversary)
• 2009 with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Pécs
• 2012 with the Danubia Symphony Orchestra, Budapest, Palace of Arts (the band’s 25th Anniversary)
• 2012 with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki, Greece (Opening night of the 47th Dimitria Festival)

After Crying was awarded the ‘eMeRTon’ Prize of the Hungarian Radio in 2004 as the ‘Band of the Year’.

After Crying’s latest studio album ‘Creatura’ (2011) came out for the band’s 25th Anniversary. A great many international and Hungarian progressive forums have praised it, some even saying this is the best album they have ever recorded.

They have released 11 studio and 4 concert albums and a live concert DVD over the years, but what has really granted After Crying the highest recognition and this particular place in the internatinal musical scene are their unique uncomparable live performances.

"Simply one of the two or three best shows I’ve ever seen in all my life. A classic. A lesson in intelligence and clever musicianship. They showed why they are considered the world’s best group."
Andres Valle, Mellotron Magazin


Zoltan 'BZ' Batky - Lead Vocal
Gabor Egervari - lyrics, flute, narration, Live concert sound (FOH)
Csaba Erös - Piano, Synthesizer
Andras Adam Horvath - guitars
Zsolt Madai - Drums
Peter Pejtsik - Vocals, Bass, Cello, Fiddle, composition
Balazs Winkler - Trumpet, Synthesizer, composition, zink


Opus 1 (1989, cassette) (CD re-issue, 2009)
1989 (1989, cassette) (CD re-issue, 2009)
Overground Music (1990)
Concert 1991 (1991, cassette) (CD re-issue on Első Évtized's 2nd disc, 1996)
Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak (1992)
Föld és Ég (1994)
De Profundis (1996)
Első Évtized (1996)
6 (1997)
Almost Pure Instrumental (1998)
Struggle for Life (2 CD) (2000)
Struggle for Life – essential (2000)
Bootleg Symphony (2001)
Show (2003)
Live (DVD) (2007)
Creatura (2011)
AC XXV (2CD & DVD) (2013)