Jazz in English

Frankfurt-based Hungarian saxophonist Tony Lakatos was recently awarded the prestigious Jazz Award of the Hesse Ministry of Science and the Arts. As this year’s recipient, he was presented the prize at a concert in Frankfurt at the end of September.

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.

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.

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