The public can meet many trends in the genre and take part in great concerts at the Szeged Jazz Days, which, as always, will be held in November this year.
The Szeged Jazz Days, which go back five decades, are an outstanding domestic event of the genre every year, made known by the true values of live jazz, quality concerts, and virtuoso musicians. The concerts will be held at the IH Event Center on November 11th and 12th. It is a tradition that on the opening day of the festival, Friday, a band connected to Szeged is the first to take the stage. The band Geometro, founded in November 2014, in the city on the banks of Tisza, plays organic urban music according to its self-definition. Their style was influenced by Nordic jazz, electro, rock or rap as well as classical music. The second concert will be given by Triád Kristóf Bacsó, who will be releasing a new album soon. The saxophonist founded the three-member formation in 2013 – with keyboardist Áron Tálas and drummer Márton Juhász. In 2017, their record Pannon Blue, made with the help of guitarist Lionel Loueke, won the Jazz Album of the Year award from Gramofon magazine.
At the end of the evening, the outstanding figure of today’s Hungarian jazz, Mihály Dresch, will come to Szeged with his quartet, which combines the world of harmony and improvisation techniques of American black jazz with authentic Hungarian folk songs, in the company of dulcimer player Miklós Lukács, bassist Marcell Gyányi and drummer László Csízi. The second day of the festival begins with the extremely versatile performer, media artist and composer Tibor Szemző, whose works are influenced by the avant-garde as well as ambient or minimalist, repetitive music. In his stage productions, in addition to music, spoken texts, films or other media play an important role. The legendary composer and performer Boris Kovac, born in Novi Sad, will be the guest of the festival at the head of his quartet. The saxophone and melodion artist’s work, which stretches between chamber and world music, is deeply contemporary and timeless at the same time, with an authentic undertone of traditional Southeastern European music, and leaves a lot of room for personal creativity. At the end of the festival, the Dél-alföldi Saxophone Ensemble, which is 30 years old this year, will give a concert. In addition to folk music arrangements and pieces with folk instruments, their repertoire also includes variations that fit the world of folk and jazz rhythms.