The Voicingers 2020

2020. szeptember 27.

12 years ago The Voicingers festival was born to serve music, musicians and music lovers, and to cherish the hunger for live music experience, both among performers and listeners. The Voicingers Festival supports the work of young professionals whose artistic path has already begun. Last year we could enjoy also in Hungary the workshops, jam sessions and concerts in Fonó in September. And this year a fantastic Hungarian percussionist, András Dés was invited to teach and to a concert.

If you attend the 6th Jazz fest of the suburban town of Érd, you might end up listening to the aural pleasures next to the bust of the English patient. Kornél Zipernovszky tells you how.

Much of the music that gets pigeonholed as „world music” nowadays has a problem: it wants to bridge the two banks, ancient and modern so much that it forgets about the water underneath. New York-based Hungarian singer Nikolett Pankovits has come forward with a brilliant new record. River seems to me about knowing where the water flows, where the banks are, and how to bridge those distant banks.

Keyboardist Viktor Bori teamed up with multi-instrumentalist 10BEL to groove in a way that is more typical of his children’s generation than his own – but it sure keeps your feet tapping.

People familiar with the Hungarian jazz scene and its historical background would reply to the question above: a lot, indeed. Béla Szakcsi Lakatos has been the only Artist of the Nation  jazz musician to date, which is the highest state award for a performing artist.

On Wednesday, July 1st, it was my great pleasure to attend the Opus Jazz Club’s post-lockdown re-opening concert in Budapest, performed by the Mihály Borbély Quartet. This was a magnificent demonstration of musical prowess by one of Hungary’s most distinctive, well-celebrated jazz combos. But more than that, it was a joyful celebration of life bursting the bonds of confinement – an ecstatic serving forth of musical zest that got our limbs swaying and left our faces beaming.

At the second jazz studies international symposium held in conjunction with the Müpa Jazz Showcase various issues are explored by distinguished lecturers from abroad and from Hungary, among them jury members of the Showcase.

Jazz concert review by Keith J. Taylor