We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we will open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums - each night at the familiar times - by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.
The performance will be broadcasted on our website and YouTube channel.
When bassist Avishai Cohen performed at Müpa in April 2012, many were feverish with anticipation to see that the advertised line-up also featured fellow Israeli Shai Maestro at the piano. In the end, Maestro couldn't make that concert, so this evening will finally make up for it. At the same time, those ...who became fans of the pianist after hearing any of the albums since released by the Shai Maestro Trio will enter this concert with fresh enthusiasm.
Though classically trained, the 33-year-old Maestro was soon drawn to the formal and emotional world of jazz. At the age of only 16, he won a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, but opted not to go to Boston when an inner voice suggested otherwise. Before he could decide whether to move to New York or to India to study traditional Indian music, Avishai Cohen invited him to join his group - a musical relationship that lasted until 2011. In the meantime, Maestro had moved to New York after all, where he met fellow Israeli and drummer Ziv Ravitz, who in turn introduced him to Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder. From their first practice session together, the trio felt a magical connection. (For this concert, the 25-year-old Swiss multi-instrumentalist Arthur Hnatek will play the drums. ) Maestro's music was described by Nate Chinen in The New York Times as 'thoughtful and melodic”, while The Guardian critic John Fordham predicted that the pianist's solo career will certainly be one to follow closely.The two artists will not undertake to interpret the works of Liszt on this occasion. In their own compositions and in the improvisations that permeate them, they much rather view Liszt's approach to music as a starting point, and the world of harmony and melody, as well as the sophisticated technical knowledge that characterizes it, as a bar that few are able to surpass.
This recording was made at a concert held at Müpa Budapest on 23 May 2016.