Veronika Harcsa appeared on the Hungarian jazz scene three or four years ago practically out of the blue, managing to make a name for herself through her own efforts without seeking to ride the coat-tails of her established fellow musicians or join any cliques. Having drawn attention to herself at the Budapest Fringe Festival, she stirred perhaps the greatest amount of interest among international jazz professionals at the first Jazz Showcase and talent exchange at the Palace of Arts in 2008. The steep upward curve of her first group, the Veronika Harcsa Quartet, is apparent in the extraordinary success in Japan of her first album released in 2008, which led to a whole series of successful concert tours of the Far East. Back in Hungary, Too Early, the first track off her album You Don't Know It's You, became a major radio hit.
The Veronika Harcsa Quartet - which oddly enough currently has five members - will premiere its fourth album at the Jazz Spring festival. Unusually, Harcsa's own songs use the verse of 20th century and contemporary Hungarian poets as their source of inspiration, thus allowing the singer to realize her long-cherished dream of singing to her fans in her native Hungarian. During the concert, excerpts from modern classics of Hungarian literature compiled by János Lackfi will be read out by a leading Hungarian actor.
Veronika Harcsa - vocals, Bálint Gyémánt - guitar, Attila Blaho - piano, Zoltán Oláh - bass, Bálint Majtényi - drums