Jazz talent exchange

Though the 14th Jazz Showcase talent exchange is seeking to break out from the shadow of the pandemic, it will also adapt to the situation. Instead of the usual live concerts, you can enjoy a broadcast of the show – featuring performances from six youthful groups at the Festival Theatre on 24 January – on the Müpa Budapest website and YouTube channel. The Showcase host will once again be Péter Novák, who will help us get to know the character of the performers. The international jury of illustrious personalities will once again select what they consider to be the most exciting and extraordinary group, but the young talents will also be counting on the vote of online viewers.

The Sámuel Baló Trio, the Bettika Quintet, the Tamás Bolyki Quartet, the Fábió Fehér Trio, the Albert Horváth Quartet and the Dávid Varga Quintet will compete for further opportunities to perform concerts both at home and abroad. All of these groups are well worth a listen, as they will show us what kind of diverse musical and performance styles interest the new generation of jazz musicians, as well as how they have sought to find their own personal sound. From free improvisation to funk, neo-soul, modern swing, hardbop, poetry music and folk music, you will encounter a wide array of trends in terms of both instrumental and vocal formations. And it's all jazz! If you are interested in exploring the latest influences in Hungarian jazz, you can enjoy the 45-minute concerts online, while you can also vote for your favourite show during the broadcast. The results will be announced at 8 pm on the same day before a live broadcast of the Fresh Jazz-Funk concert from the Subtones group.

This event is presented in association with the Budapest Music Center, the Hungarian Jazz Federation and the Zemplén Festival.


The first online Jazz Showcase has taken place – here are the favourites of the jury and the audience

On Sunday, for the 14th time the spaces of Müpa Budapest reverberated with the sounds of jazz, this time both in real life and virtually, too. The production of this year's Jazz Showcase took place in special circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. There was a recording of performances from the talent show's youthful bands, before the day ended with a live broadcast of an evening concert by the Subtones, the band of Gábor Subicz, one of the discoveries of the 2008 Jazz Showcase.

The Bettika Quintet received the Professional Prize, based on the votes of the jury, while in an extremely close call the Dávid Varga Quintet won the Audience Prize. Both groups can look forward to the chance to perform during Müpa Budapest's 2021/22 season – hopefully in front of a live audience. You can also encounter the latter band at the 30th Zemplén Festival, as Dávid Varga and his group also received the festival's special award. Thanks to the Hungarian Jazz Association, you will have the chance to hear the Fábió Fehér Trio at the Hungarian Jazz Festival on 14 April, while the Baló Sámuel Trio earned the opportunity to perform at the Budapest Music Center and will also play in Veronika Harcsa's Courtyard at the 30th Valley of the Arts Festival. The Tamás Bolyki Quartet won the Samaria Jazz Special Prize, while the Albert Horváth Quartet have been invited to play at the 606 Club in London.

Thank you for your participation and a warm congratulations to the winners!


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