For some time now, we have struggled to keep up with 36-year-old Gergő Borlai, who is just beginning to carve himself deserved status as a true global star. Having played with just about everyone in jazz, rock, pop and world music, he is one of the most sought-after drummers in Hungary. With the Golden Drumstick and Artisjus prizes under his belt and having released three solo albums and collaborated on a further 250, Borlai set out to seek his fortune abroad. His path took him to Barcelon...a, where he was hired as a teacher in the jazz department of the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu. Fresh musical collaborations also awaited, as did invitations to drum festivals in Europe, America and Asia, endorsements from leading instrument brands and contributions to drum teaching applications as part of a roll-call including Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon), Steve Smith (Journey) and Mike Mangini (Dream Theater). He also appeared as the sole guest musician on the 2013 European solo tour of Frank Zappa's one-time drummer Terry Bozzio.
On this occasion at the Jazz Workshop, Borlai has invited a group of musical colleagues who will help him deliver a concert full of surprises for his admirers. Based in Paris, French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê already worked with the Hungarian drummer at the first Divided Concert some five years ago, but even those who did not see him then might well be familiar with his work from the avant-garde to world fusion, as well as with his appearance in The Jimi Hendrix Project. Eivind Aarset, a celebrated figure on the pioneering Norwegian jazz scene, performed to huge success at the 2014 Jazz Spring with his own "electron-propelled” band. Gustaf Hielm hails from Stockholm, and is known at home and beyond for providing a solid foundation with his individual style of bass playing in all musical genres from jazz to metal.
Presented by: Palace of Arts
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