The project was started by Robbie Nagy as a vehicle for
the music that comes most naturally to him--music about romance and passion, heartbreak
and harmony. The name 'Val Magyar' is a reflection of and tribute to Robbie's Hungarian
ancestry, even though he was born and raised in the U.S.A. Robbie writes the music of Val
Magyar, but he has had the good fortune of finding great musicians to record and perform
with. Val Magyar is romantic and evocative, exploring life and love in its many different
textures and emotions. Val Magyar has released two critically acclaimed albums and their
live performances have won the hearts of audiences from 8 to 80.
began playing piano at age 5. He has
been involved with classical and pop music, blues, and rock and roll. He has performed
solo (and still does), and with various bands, some of his own making. He has music
in several films, music libraries, and in venues involving meditation and biofeedback. Val
Magyar is the venue closest to his heart. Robbie writes and arranges the music for Val
Magyar and plays piano, electronic pianos, and synthesizers.
plays bass, synthesizer, and drum and
percussion programming. He also recorded and produced the Val Magyar albums. Ryk has been
involved in the New York music business since his teenage years, and has produced and
recorded over 12 LPs.
plays drums and percussion.
Having established himself as one of New Yorks premier drummers, Ernie brings a keen
sense of creative mischief, energy and skill to Val Magyar.
||R. K. WATKINS plays a variety
of stringed instruments, and has performed with many local and national acts. His ability
to combine effects with the instruments' natural sounds creates a greater sonic palette
from which to draw. In addition to his musical duties, he designed and produced the
graphics for Val Magyar's albums.
||DON PETERSON is Val Magyar's
'Good Luck Charm', and unofficial personal manager and promoter. He is such a character
that several writers and filmmakers have made him one, and he appears in Charles
Pellegrino's latest novel 'Dust'. His spiritual bond with Robbie Nagy and Nagy's music is
a powerful thing and the well for countless creative ideas.