world music, jazz, popular music

Organ Duel - Hammond B3

Goldings - Medeski

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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The long-standing Organ Duel concert series brings the top masters of the instrument to compete with each other in playful fashion, entertaining the audience with impromptu solutions to various musical challenges. Perhaps it was the key role of improvisation that prompted the next idea: why not enlist two jazz musicians to go toe to toe? The idea has now become a reality: two international stars, Hammond organ virtuosos Larry Goldings and John Medeski, are coming to visit us, and not for the first time, as both have already made highly acclaimed guest appearances at Müpa Budapest. This occasion, however, will be their first time together at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall.

Now in his mid-fifties, Larry Goldings has already played with the leading figures in the jazz world over the course of his career to date. The trio he formed alongside guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart has been a constant in his career, bringing him extraordinary success. As a studio and live session musician, he has had the chance to work with pop music artists like Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Sia, Elton John, Jane Monheit, Eros Ramazzotti and Rod Stewart, in addition to being credited on numerous film soundtracks. His contemporary John Medeski is another true heavy hitter: most people think of him in the context of the Medeski, Martin & Wood trio with drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood, as well as its expanded quartet version supplemented by guitarist John Scofield. Performing at the tenth concert of the series - for the first time in organ duel history - will be two legendary Hammond organists. Not only will we learn about what makes the Hammond organ so important to the history of jazz, we can also find out what the Müpa Budapest organ inspires two jazz musicians to create. As they play both separately and together, we can count on witnessing them take on improvisational tasks and solos, as well as forming into duos on the Hammond B3 organ and grand organ. Teaming up with musicologist Gergely Fazekas as the other moderator of the evening is Mátyás Premecz, appreciated by the Müpa Budapest audience as one of Hungary's finest players of the Hammond organ.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Hammond-organ, organ
    Larry Goldings, John Medeski
  • Moderator
    Gergely Fazekas, Mátyás Premecz

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