Bágyi Balázs New Quartet

 

A propos de Bágyi Balázs New Quartet

One of the strongest creative workshops of the Hungarian jazz scene, Balázs Bágyi New Quartet, presents itself with a new album, entitled "Satie in Jazz". The album includes adaptations of works by the composer Erik Satie, as well as compositions by Balázs Bágyi that were inspired by the works and plays of the French Satie. Well-known piano melodies, such as the Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes series, received a specific interpretation, their pulsation was transformed. The band plays a lot of rubato improvisations, like an impressionist painting showing different moods.

The CD released by Tom Tom Records is a real curiosity for both classical music fans and jazz audiences.

Drummer and composer Balázs Bágyi is one of the most respected musicians of the Hungarian jazz scene today, working internationally, leading his own bands over the last two decades. Being a member of different bands he creates music almost in all genres, his unique melodic style of playing the drums gives a complex music experience. He has toured the USA several times, and he is the only Hungarian jazz musician who regularly plays in China. His previous quartet, existed from 2004 - 2011, was a very important band on the Hungarian etno-jazz a world music scene. The music of his new quartet contains less of the folk background but sounds like today' s pure acoustic jazz based on post bop elements. His partners are the best players of the young generation from Budapest, as saxophonist Soso Lakatos, who studied and got his diploma in Amsterdam, the classically trained Junior Prima awarded pianist Dezs? Oláh, and Péter Oláh, one of the greatest bass players in Central Europe. During the recent years the band played at many European jazz festivals (Bansko Jazz festival, Nisville, Mosaic Jazz Fest Sibiu, Sarajevo Winter, Petrovac Jazz Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, Jazz Juniors Krakow), and performed at a few really famous jazz clubs as well (Agharta Jazz Club Prague, B-Flat Berlin). In 2016 their album Homage to Shakespeare featuring vocalist Kriszta Pocsai won Gramofon Award given by an international jury, then they became “ the band of the year” on the JazzMa.hu online magazine’s readers poll. The quartet plays original music composed by the bandleader who won the category “the composer of the year” on the same poll in 2016.

Members:

Soso Lakatos – saxophone
Dezs? Oláh – piano
Péter Oláh – bass
Balázs Bágyi – drums

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