Veronika Harcsa-Bálint Gyémánt Quartet
Veronika Harcsa and Bálint Gyémánt are masters of storytelling. One of the secrets to their popularity is how strongly the stories they tell resonate with their listeners. Both of them have been major artists on the Hungarian jazz scene for more than a decade and have enjoyed international recognition. They have also demonstrated their eclectic natures outside of music: Veronika Harcsa has, for example, held court at the Művészetek Völgye Festival since 2014. In addition to featuring in several bands and projects together, Veronika and Bálint have been performing as an acoustic duo for some time, recording two albums. The title of their latest album, Shapeshifter, is a reference to the fact that their original ability to mix Eastern European rhythms with contemporary jazz dynamics, stunning melodies and striking grooves has now been enhanced with the addition of a Belgium rhythm section to complement the original duo. Their two virtuoso band members, double bassist Nicolas Thys and drummer Antoine Pierre got to know Veronika during her studies in Brussels With this extra creative support, the songs from the duo's albums are likely to be even powerful when performed live - as we will surely discover here in concert. Most of the music and lyrics performed on this occasion are the work of Veronika Harcsa. The songs tell stories through the language of jazz, painting a picture of what it is like to be a young person and genuine pan-European in the present day, as well as how to find peace and happiness in the frenetic world of noisy cities, cheap airline tickets and social media.
Recirquel Company Budapest: Paris de Nuit
Paris De Nuit takes its audience into the roaring variety life of the 30's filled with its voluptuous desires and beauty. Revealing illusionary moments from the lives of prostitutes and peddlers, down and outs and illicit lovers who lived on the edges of society. An evening of lust, love and loneliness inspired by the characteristic world of the famous Hungarian photographer, Brassaï. Stunning circus artists, dancers and musicians are bringing the decadent but loveable secret Paris nights in the 1930's to life. The show is staged with the audience seated at tables around and on stage bringing the performers as close to the spectators as possible. These special tables were designed to be functioning as circus equipment, so while drinking your glass of champagne an artiste might be doing a handstand above you. All scenes of the show are inspired by the cultural legacy of Brassaï's photographs that captured the most unique and daring moments of the Paris night. Discover the hidden sides of Montmartre, where Picasso, Henry Miller, Modigliani, Josephine Baker and Brassaï would sink into the shadows of the night. Exceptional jazz musicians, singers, dancers and our stunning circus artists will bring a unique experience alive, the secret Paris you have always wanted to know. The première was an event of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival.
Let's jive! - A Coquette Jazz Band és Frank Roberscheuten
Formed by jazz students in Graz, Austria, the Coquette Jazz Band is an exciting new group which performed at Müpa Budapest's 2018 Jazz Showcase. Founded only a few years ago by Mátyás Papp and Matyás Bartha, the group has since performed at many of the region's prestigious jazz festivals and clubs, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival in Siófok, the Jazz Capital Festival in Kecskemét, the Jazzland club in Vienna and the Classic Jazz Club La Rochelle in France. The group's primary goal is reviving the music of jazz's 'golden age', introducing and endearing it to modern audiences: the gramophone sound of the 1920s, the pulsating foxtrot and swing music of the 1930s, and the revival styles of 1940s swing and American Dixieland are all brought to life by their performances. Their repertoire features original adaptations of timeless giants from the swing era - from Louis Armstrong to Benny Goodman, and Fats Waller to Count Basie. The band's first album Isn't This a Lovely Day, released in summer 2017, features such well-known melodies as Ain't She Sweet, which evokes the streets of New Orleans, and Them There Eyes, a salute to the memory of Ella Fitzgerald. The Coquette Jazz band specialises in enjoyable, danceable jazz, whether they're playing in a concert hall or even in a smoky pub. Their fantastic sound, stylistic playing, youthful energy and refined musical humour is a great choice even for those only just getting acquainted with the jazz genre. Also a wonderful choice is Dutch saxophonist Frank Roberscheuten, one of Europe's most sought-after swing musicians, who will be joining the band as a guest soloist.