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Szilard Mezei

Szilard Mezei was born on February 12th, 1974 in Senta, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) as a member of the Hungarian minority in the multiethnic region of Vojvodina. He completed his violin studies in Senta and Subotica and studied composition for four years at the University of Arts in Beograd with Prof. Zoran Eric. As violinist, violist, double bass player and composer and in various formations (from duo to nonet) he has held many concerts: Senta, Kanizsa the Jazz, Improvisative Music Festival, Subotica, Novi Sad (all Serbia, then Yugoslavia), Maribor (Slovenija), Szeged (Hungary, MASZK Festival), Budapest (Hungary, FONO), Gyor (Hungary, Mediawave Festival, also Gyorfree Impro Workshops, Gyergyószentmiklós (Romania), Leverkusen (Germany, Leverkusener Jazz Tage), Düsseldorff (Germany, Düsseldorffer Altsadt Herbst- special prize for improvisation), Copenhagen and Aarhus (Denmark, Magic Music Festival), Kluj-Napoca (Romania, Charta Minimumia Festival), Odorhei Secuiesc (Romania), Beograd (Serbia, Ring Ring Festival), PEcs (Hungary, Gassztro Fest, POSZT), Kishegyes (Dombos Fest), Copenhagen, Aero, Aalborg, Aarhus (Denmark, tour with the Creative Workshop Ensemble), Debrecen (Debrecen Jazz Days), Klagenfurt (CIK, Austria, 2004), London (Klinker Nunhead, 2005), Cerkno Jazz Fest (Slovenia), Avignon, Warszawa.

His orchestra plays contemporary improvised music, mostly performing his own compositions

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Mareike Wiening's Debut Album

Read "Mareike Wiening's Debut Album" reviewed by Bob Osborne

German drummer and composer Mareike Wiening released her debut album featuring her original compositions performed by an outstanding quintet of New York improvisers on November 1st . Metropolis Paradise is dedicated to Wiening's six year residence in the Big Apple and is the featured album on this show. We also preview the excellent new album from ...

Samo Salamon: Three At Once (Freequestra, Trio, & Rotten Girlz)

Read "Samo Salamon: Three At Once (Freequestra, Trio, & Rotten Girlz)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The adventurous (and prolific) Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon has outdone himself in both departments, releasing three albums in the same month. They are a diverse collection: an eleven-piece free jazz orchestra; a chamber trio of viola, acoustic guitars and drums; and a “free modern jazz punk avantgarde groove quartet" (Salamon's description), with a vocalist and the ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

2016 Belgrade Jazz Festival Belgrade, Serbia October 26-October 30, 2016 Because of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the Belgrade Jazz Festival, like most good things in the Balkans, went dark for 15 years after 1990. When it started up again in 2005, it was small. By 2008, it was big enough ...

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Szilard Mezei Septet: Cet

Read "Cet" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ogni nuova uscita discografica riguardante Szilárd Mezei (negli ultimi anni sono frequenti) è una piccola festa. Questo suo nuovo lavoro, inciso a inizio 2015 alla testa di un settetto dalle timbriche e dalle dinamiche veramente efficaci, non fa certo eccezione. Vi convergono sette pagine del violista serbo-magiaro svarianti dai sei minuti e mezzo al quarto d'ora ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Szilard Mezei, Tim Trevor-Briscoe, Nicola Guazzaloca: Cantiere Simone Weil

Read "Cantiere Simone Weil" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Tre musicisti adusi all'improvvisazione senza rete e più in generale a uno sperimentalismo scevro da compromessi come il serbo-ungherese Szilard Mezei, l'inglese Tim Trevor-Briscoe e il nostro Nicola Guazzaloca danno vita a un trio che s'incontra occasionalmente da un po' di anni a questa parte (nel 2011 hanno dato già alle stampe per la Leo Records ...

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Szilard Mezei Flute & Strings Trio: Fehér Virág

Read "Fehér Virág" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Varcata la soglia dei quarant'anni, il violista serbo-ungherese Szilard Mezei continua a rimanere un pur illustre outsider, proseguendo congiuntamente a sfornare album di un rigore e uno spessore che lasciano immancabilmente ammirati. Quest'ultimo suo lavoro, più che mai cameristico (tratto-cardine della sua musica, in perenne equilibrio fra ricerca improvvisativa di marca più o meno scopertamente jazzistica ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Szilárd Mezei: Singing Elephant

Read "Singing Elephant" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Serbo di nazionalità ma etnicamente ungherese, Szilárd Mezei è uno dei musicisti più originali emersi in Europa nell'ultimo decennio. Virtuoso di viola e compositore, Mezei ha elaborato una pregnante sintesi tra le forme dell'avanguardia afroamericana (dal free storico a Braxton), il folklore della Vojvodina e la musica classica (in particolare la lezione di Witold Lutoslawski e ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Taylor's Universe: Worn Out

Read "Worn Out" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One can only hope that Robin Taylor was being ironic when he titled his latest collection Worn Out. Musically, it follows in the footsteps of his recent recordings with Taylor's Universe; Kind of Red (Marvel of Beauty, 2012) and Return to Whatever (Marvel of Beauty, 2009). But there's a freshness, fire and vigor here that suggests ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Szilard Mezei Wind Quartet: Innen

Read "Innen" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Serbian violaist Szilárd Mezei has gained a reputation as a composer/musician that rarely fits into ordinary definitions and conventions. Throughout his career, he has systematically blurred the boundaries between modern chamber contemporary music, European folk-based themes and jazz and free improvisation. His second release with his Wind Quartet, following We Were Watching the Rain (Leo, 2009), ...


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