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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


Article: In Pictures

Jazz Cerkno 2022

Read "Jazz Cerkno 2022" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik

A collection of photos from the Jazz Cerkno 2022 Festival in Cerkno (Slovenia) from May 19, 2022 to May 21, 2022 featuring TiTiTi, Binker Golding, Moses Boyd, Max Luthert, Joanna Duda Trio, Phil Minton, Szilárd Mezei, Bostjan Gombac, Paal Nilssen-Love CIRCUS, Musician Name, Brandon Seabrook Trio, There Be Monsters, Black Flower, Mario Rom INTERZONE, Robert Jukic ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Samo Šalamon, prolifica libertà

Read "Samo Šalamon, prolifica libertà" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Chitarrista e compositore sloveno assai prolifico e dalle mille frequentazioni, Samo Šalamon, che abbiamo appena intervistato compare nelle situazioni più disparate in questi dodici lavori pubblicati tra il 2018 e il 2022, con il recentissimo omaggio a Eric Dolphy, figurandovi comunque sempre come titolare o contitolare. Vediamoli uno a uno fino. Samo Šalamon, ...


Rested Turquoise

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hep 34; Hep 26; Hep 33; Osaka Blues; Pihent Türkiz/Rested Turquoise; Hep 31½; Simfle Sonk.


Article: Album Review

Szilárd Mezei Tubass Quintet: Rested Turquoise

Read "Rested Turquoise" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pardon the quote from the American rock band Cracker's lyrics to “Low": Sometimes I want to take you down/Sometimes I want to get you low/ Brush your hair back from your eyes/Take you down let the river flow. It's relevant because Szilárd Mezei's Tubass Quintet does carry out a mission to take you low. With a ...


Article: Album Review

Dieb13 & Marina Džukljev: Štrudel

Read "Štrudel" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Maybe the most appropriate words for the duet between Dieb13 and Marina Džukljev come from Talking Head's song “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," David Byrne sings “The less we say about it the better / Make it up as we go along / Feet on the ground, head in the sky / It's okay, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

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 ...


"The Core-tet Project "

Label: Naxos World
Released: 2018


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