13th Újbuda Jazz Festival

Grencsó István & Bolcsó Bálint, 1724 (H/A/PL), Killah Tofu (A)

The latest flights high by István Grencsó and Bálint Bolcsó, young experimentators, meditators, inner builders and fresh and powerful redefiners of all that jazz on a superb night of the Újbuda Jazz Festival.

Grencsó István–Bolcsó Bálint Duó

The Hugarian saxophone player, István Grencsó has been experimenting with the integration of various electronic instruments and gadgets into free music for years, and seems to build a fundamental partnership with the talented multi-instrumentalist Bálint Bolcsó. The two musicians played together many concerts, recorded two albums based on their live duo sets at the famous Budapest jazz club Lumen, entitled Fejtörés (Headcrash) and Előrejelzés (Forecast). Now they're heading to the unknown again!

Grencsó István: sax
Bolcsó Bálint: keyboards, electronica

1724 (H/A/PL)

1724 is a trio of musicians wirh different musical backgrounds. The members came from various genres of reggae, jazz, punk, avant-garde jazz, psychedelic and free improvisation. Les Tomek's main band is 100nka in Poland, Luca Kézdy is known from Santa Diver, Emil Gross plays the drums in bands of different styles from reggae to avant-garde. The Hungarian-Polish-Austrian trio tries to continue the avant-garde traditions of Central Europe, with broadly-fledged electronica. The focus of their music is improvisation, fresh, wild and brave at the same time. Occasionally they fly to underground-like, psychedelic heights, their music refers to Hungarian and Polish folk music sometimes, which can suddenly turn into African schemas, or even crunchy, gruesome rhythms.

Kézdy Luca: violin, electronica
Tomek Les: guitar, electronica
Emil Gross: drums, electronica


Killah Tofu (AT)

Their music is powerful, bold and evocative. For over three years the band Killah Tofu has been present in the young scene as an esteemed Live Act in Austria (f.e. Zoom! Festival der Jazzwerkstatt Wien), Germany and Serbia. As the next step, the young musicians are now drawing attention to themselves with their debut album Do The Pump. Ten original compositions - a wild mix of jazz, funk and punk or ‘jazzpfunk’ as they like to say - all aim at pushing their audience out of their comfort zone. Turns in rhythm meet atmospheric synthesizer sounds in unsettling but exciting arrangements. True to their motto ‘music must be interesting and dangerous’ the musicians also worked very freely in their studio sessions (Tentakel and Chicken in the Kitchen) and infused their entire album with their easy-going and open-minded spirit.

Band members
Aaron Steiner: keyboards, vocal
Joachim Huber: bass, vocal
Michael Naphegyi: drums, vocal

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