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Budapest Jazz Festival 2010

Jez Nelson profiles the distinctive jazz and improvised music scene in Hungary, visiting the 2010 Budapest Jazz Festival. Including Miklos Lukacs with Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher.

Jez Nelson profiles the distinctive jazz and improvised music scene in Hungary, visiting this year's Budapest Jazz Festival.

Featuring one of the most ambitious and individual festival line ups on the European circuit, the Budapest Jazz Festival showcases Hungary's rich tradition of improvised music with a series of collaborations between Hungarian musicians and guests from across Europe and America.

The programme includes cimbalom player Miklos Lukacs' meeting with Dutch ensemble Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher, hotly tipped young saxophonist Victor Toth and the most distinguished figure on the Hungarian scene Mihaly Dresch with a quartet including two Americans, pianist Lafayette Gilchrist and drummer Hamid Drake.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Russell Finch.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher plus guests recorded at Trafó House, Budapest on 10 September 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Michiel Braam (piano), Wilbert de Joode (double bass), Michael Vatcher (drums), Miklós Lukács (cimbalom), Ferenc Kovacs (violin)

    • Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

      Q 1 6

      Composer: Michiel Braam

  • Jez speaks to Miklós Lukács about the traditional Hungarian instrument, the cimbalom

    • Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

      Q 10

      Composer: Michiel Braam

  • Jez speaks to Kornel Zipernovsky a leading jazz writer in Hungary

    • György Szabados

      Regi Ima

      • A szarvassá vált fiak (Sons That Became Deer).
      • Hungaroton-Krém.
    • György Szabados


      • Az esküv? (The Wedding).
      • Hungaroton-Pepita.
    • Balogh Kalman & Miklós Lukács

      Trance Dance

      • Cimbalom Duo.
      • Folk Europa.
  • Victor Tóth Quartet recorded at Budapest Jazz Club on 10 September 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Victor Tóth (saxophone), Bart Maris (trumpet), Mátyás Szandai (double bass), Robert Ikiz (drums)

    • Victor Tóth Quartet

      'Back to 50s' segue into 'My Home'

      Composer: Victor Tóth

    • Victor Tóth Quartet

      'Rushing' segue into 'A Ballad for White Flowers'

      Composer: Victor Tóth

  • Jez interviews leading Hungarian jazz musician Mihály Dresch

    • Untitled

  • Mihály Dresch Quartet recorded at Palace of Arts, Budapest on 12 September 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Mihály Dresch (saxophone & Fuhunna – a custom made recorder), Mátyás Szandai (double bass), Lafayette Gilchrist (piano), Hamid Drake (drums)

    • Mihály Dresch Quartet

      Shift One

      Composer: Layfette Gilchrist

    • Mihály Dresch & Hamid Drake

      Night Spirit

      Composers: Mihály Dresch & Hamid Drake


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