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Jazz in English

Brian Charette jazz pianist, Hammond organ player, electronic music producer, a key figure on the New York jazz scene, will be a featured of the Modern Art Orchestra (MAO) on two occasions in October.

The 8-year-old Hungarian initiative to organise free concerts on the occasion of the International Jazz Day is also bound to stay online, just like last year. But it has never given up its original aim: to win new audiences for jazz, this year again aided by subsidies coming from the National Cultural Fund, NKA. 

In the middle of the celebration of the International Jazz Day, there will be a memorial concert to Wes Montgomery. István Gyárfás, Ádám Bögöthy and Billy Prim will remember through music to the guitarist-composer Wes Montgomery who died 53 years ago. The streaming starts on the 29th of April at 18:00 CET from iF.

We usually hear about the Erasmus programme when someone we know of wins a scholarship to another country, but we pay less attention to those who win an Erasmus scholarship to our country. They spend half or even a  whole year in Hungary at a Hungarian university. Filip Dinev from Macedonia was admitted to the Liszt Ferenc University of Music thanks to this programme, and the result is an album.

Frankfurt-based Hungarian saxophonist Tony Lakatos was recently awarded the prestigious Jazz Award of the Hesse Ministry of Science and the Arts. As this year’s recipient, he was presented the prize at a concert in Frankfurt at the end of September.

The Voicingers 2020

2020. szeptember 27.

12 years ago The Voicingers festival was born to serve music, musicians and music lovers, and to cherish the hunger for live music experience, both among performers and listeners. The Voicingers Festival supports the work of young professionals whose artistic path has already begun. Last year we could enjoy also in Hungary the workshops, jam sessions and concerts in Fonó in September. And this year a fantastic Hungarian percussionist, András Dés was invited to teach and to a concert.

Much of the music that gets pigeonholed as „world music” nowadays has a problem: it wants to bridge the two banks, ancient and modern so much that it forgets about the water underneath. New York-based Hungarian singer Nikolett Pankovits has come forward with a brilliant new record. River seems to me about knowing where the water flows, where the banks are, and how to bridge those distant banks.

On Wednesday, July 1st, it was my great pleasure to attend the Opus Jazz Club’s post-lockdown re-opening concert in Budapest, performed by the Mihály Borbély Quartet. This was a magnificent demonstration of musical prowess by one of Hungary’s most distinctive, well-celebrated jazz combos. But more than that, it was a joyful celebration of life bursting the bonds of confinement – an ecstatic serving forth of musical zest that got our limbs swaying and left our faces beaming.

At the second jazz studies international symposium held in conjunction with the Müpa Jazz Showcase various issues are explored by distinguished lecturers from abroad and from Hungary, among them jury members of the Showcase.

Jazz concert review by Keith J. Taylor