DJ Bootsie Electroacoustic BeatPiknik
Hip-hop beats, scratch, electronics, elements of film and folk music, and jazz… a masterful amalgam of all these things makes up the music of DJ and producer DJ Bootsie, a feature on the scene for some 20 years now. It is from among his favourites that he now puts together exclusive reworkings especially for the Müpa audience. In this exciting live set, he will be accompanied by guest musicians able to lend their instruments to synthesising Bootsie's electronic world. As a soft fabric of acoustic sounds is woven onto a massive electronic patchwork, every track takes on a completely new guise. "Besides clubs and festivals, playing at Müpa is a great opportunity for the production to be able to reveal another face, which is actually closer to my original concept... and it's also an extraordinary compliment.” (DJ Bootsie)
Benedek Szabó & Galaxisok
They walk home at dawn, the lights of towns big or small in their eyes, drunk and alone, of uncertain age, living generally in Hungary, and within it mainly Budapest, from where - sometimes by bus, train or by the carload - they head home to towns of pitch-black streets and childhood memories; they work until six during the week, stand in front of bars in the Friday night cigarette smoke, listen to music on night buses, fall asleep on the metro, promise the taxi driver they won't throw up, kick off their shoes in the hallways of house parties, have one-night stands, get dumped or dump others, fall in love, light up in stairwells, and are worn out. Standing on Moszkva Square, they think of the trees on the southern plains; among the trees, they think of Andrássy Avenue. These people inhabit the world of the two albums released by Benedek Szabó (Kapuzárási Piknik and A legszebb éveink), and these will be the protagonists inhabiting sets more realistic than any seen before on the Müpa stage. For one special evening, the street signs and lampposts come alive and patrons appear from the darkened gateways, while the band plays familiar and unheard songs, for the first and last time in this form. Szabó was singer and songwriter for Baja-based band Gyökkettő before moving to Budapest. After a noisy detour (the shoe-gazing bedroom pop of Zombie Girlfriend), he returned to his roots and released his first solo album Kapuzárási Piknik, before starting to perform with the band Galaxisok.
Jazzékiel has gone through many musical transformations during its 15-year history. Although the group only hit upon its current dark jazz/alternative blend with the release almost a decade ago of the album Holy Shit, it is preparing a special programme of music to celebrate the occasion of its 15th birthday. Over the course of the evening, long unheard tunes resurface from the drawer in new guises, while we can also doubly count on the appearance of musicians on the Müpa stage who have played an important role in the band's career. "A concert like this is an important stage in the career of a rock band. A responsibility rests with us as to what we do with it. Just as you have to give an unplugged gig once in your life, and to do it well, you're playing a little bit for immortality in concert halls like this. It's an honour and a source of pride to perform on one of the best stages in the country; what's more, it's an opportunity and an occasion to present our songs to our fans in a completely new way.' (Péter Jakab)