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When discussing music with Istvan Janos, you can hear passion
and happiness in his voice. As the leader of children's rock band
Istvan and His Imaginary
Band, he loves performing in front of an honest and
"It is fun to know that you are having an impact and are
possibly the first concert a kid goes to, their first real hands on
music experience," he says.
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What began as a performance with sock puppets in front of his
daughter turned into something more than he ever imagined it to be.
He would write down the songs, and when a bandmate offered to
record them, the songs "took on a life of their own," Istvan
"The band is really a wonderful accident," he says. "It
continues to get bigger and better."
With six fellow band members and two released albums, Istvan and
His Imaginary Band have grown into something bigger since their
first show at the Old School Records store in Forest Park.
The music covers all sorts of subjects, including germs,
brushing your teeth and pajama parties. Some songs were requested
to be created by family members and friends but in most cases, the
music is just Istvan and his daughter singing and goofing around
"My daughter is the biggest muse I've ever had," he says. "She
constantly inspires me and makes me think of stuff all the time.
She makes being alive more fun."
Throughout the summer, Istvan and His Imaginary Band will be
performing all around Chicago. The concerts are meant to be
something that both the kids and the parents can enjoy. Istvan
describes the shows as a rock concert that's mindful of the
"We try to be interactive throughout the show. We try to keep
something happening so that if you don't know the songs, you will
be moving and having a good time," he says. "Anything can happen at
a kids show."
What Istvan loves most about the shows are the kids themselves.
When he sees the kids "running and dancing around or singing, it's
the greatest feeling," he says. While he admits that he never
thought he would be a successful singer of children's music, he is
very proud of what the band has accomplished.
"This started with just my daughter and was initially just for
her, so all of this allows me to bring her up in music. We get to
spend more time together, and this doesn't take me away from her
but makes us spend even more time together," he says. "Beyond my
daughter, I get to share the same thing with other families. The
whole thing is a gift and total privilege to do."
After the summer shows, Istvan will be recording an album,
"Houby Day," which will be geared more towards adults. He says he
also has another kids record ready to go and will record it after
creating and playing shows for the "Houby Day" album.
Lindsey is Chicago Parent's summer 2013 intern. She is a senior at Ball State University.
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