Posts Tagged ‘JAZZ’

Peter Cincotti a New Yorker in Budapest!

December. 16. 2018.  –  8 p.m.

District, XII., 14 – 16 Csörsz Street – Budapest

Peter Cincotti  – Pop, Jazz, Singer, Songwriter – 4  in 1!

Coming from California … arriving Budapest … leaving for Foggia

In the series of Get Closer Concert, Peter Cincotti pianist making his way to the MOM Sport and Entertainment Center. Learned how to play the instrument at the same age he learned how to walk and talk. Was only 7 years old, Cincotti was introduced to Harry Connick, Jr. in Atlantic City. After singing a few numbers onstage, the wee lad accompanied Connick and his big band from the piano.

It’s as integral to him as the bare essential elements of life. Fame and fortune are just around the corner. A born and bred New Yorker, Cincotti spent much of his childhood going to school during the day and playing clubs at night.  Like a pilot in a cockpit, when Cincotti sits down at a piano it’s as if the world is at his fingertips.

The pianist #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making 18-year old Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. ​ Since then, Peter has performed in some of the world’s mos  prominent jazz festivals, with various artists such as Andrea Bocelli, David Guetta, Seal and Simona Molinari. Played at prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to L’Olympia in Paris, collaborated with artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to David Guetta, has been featured in blockbuster films such as Spiderman 2, represented the global fashion brands Ermenegildo Zegna and Tod’s, and just recently appeared as himself in Season 3 of the hit Netflix series House Of Cards.​

Update by Aggie Reiter

Visit the Zsolnay Festival of Lights – Pécs -2016


From Friday to Sunday … Zsolnay Festival of Lights

City of Pécs

July, 1-3. 2016.

Señor Marküsen – (ESP) … The musician proposes a musical trip on hypnotic lowtech beats. didgeridoo and percussions make the spacecraft, simultaneously conducted by Señor Marküsen as a one-man-soundsystem. Inspired by electronic music, yet in a totally acoustic and real-time manner, he builds a theatrical mise en scène where solid, organic grooves move audiences worldwide to dance! Marcos Andreu-Gasol is a musician and architect from Barcelona, currently based in Berlin. One of Spain’s referential didgeridoo players, he has developed an informative and educational career on the instrument and the culture from which it anciently comes from, teaching, giving lectures and performing internationally since 2002.  Performance on July, 1. 6.30 p.m. on the promenade and 9.30 p.m. at Jokai Square, On July, 2. at 9.30 p.m. Széchenyi Square. The concert starts at 6.30 p.m. and can be visited free of charge and is recommended for any age groups. 

The concert of Buika who is now one of the most sought-after singers of our time, and one who feels equally at home with flamenco, African polyrhythms, jazz, soul and pop. She won Latin Grammy Award with her disk El Último Trago(2009). Her greatest success came with her 2013 disc La Noche Mas Larga, which earned her a Grammy nomination for best Latin album. Along the course of her career as a performer, she has collaborated with such luminaries as Me shell Ndegocello, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Corea, Chucho Valdes, Mariza, Pat Metheny, Jason Mraz, Seal and Javier Limón. We were thrilled by Buika s performance in Almodovar’s movie The Skin I live in. And all the while she has been publishing volumes of poetry and writing a novel and an opera, even as she continues to win hearts with her concerts in countries all over the world. The concert start at 7.30 p.m. on July, 1. at  the Dóm Square and free entry.

The Balcony Players are a bunch of an energetic traveling Band from artists around the world, that takes pride in making people happy and dance with their music. The international group includes members from the Netherlands, Belgium, Peru and New Orleans USA. Their music combines these different cultures with a mix of traditional Gypsy and Jewish music creating a rich and colorful sound perfect for dancing. July 1. 7.30 p.m.  Széchenyi Square and at 11.59 p.m. on the  Promenade,  but  their concert start at 9.30 p.m., venue: Széchenyi Square.

Tribali (MLT)  –  Traditional sitar, didgeridoo, morchunga, harmonica, multiple percussion and acoustic guitar merge seamlessly with screaming electric guitars, deep bass lines and stomping drum beats, beautifully unified by mesmerizing vocals. This unconventional array of instruments encompasses a fusion of musical genres, combining world music with a plethora of styles ranging from dance to rock, reggae, ska and blues; inevitably culminating in exuberant uproars of jam packed delighted fans and crowds at Glastonbury, the Byron Bay Bluesfest, Ancient Trance Festival, Earth Garden and the Farsons Beerfest. Their concert start  9 p.m. July, 1. on the Promeda.

Theater Tol: Corazón de angeles  circus /street theater … Lightness and joy are the most important themes in this new show. The show is about a wedding; a wedding in which the beloved couple eats each other, dances, flies, even eats cotton candy. They are in love and surrounded by good company: musicians and creatures out of fairy-tales. The big present for the newly married couple are the angels: the protectors, the dreamers, the wise ones. Nowadays in our culture the brides carry a bouquet of flowers. Originally it was just a bunch of strong spices, used to expel the evil ghosts out of marriage. In Corazon de Angeles the bride doesn’t receive a bouquet to expel the bad, but angles to keep the good. The show starts at 10 p.m. on the  Széchenyi Square.

Firebirds – Steam Up the Air (HUN) … Swing Over is a unique acrobatic free show with the most prominent artists of the company. Firebirds Juggling group was established in 2000. Their main profile is fire shows, where acrobatics and fire dance are combined with innovative elements and spectacular effects in a unique way. In addition, the repertoire involves classic jester street performances, children’splayhouses and different contemporary juggling and acrobatics acts. Requirements towards the scene these days are beyond a classical circus show. Being aware of this, Firebirds contribute to new circus and circus-theater pieces and stage some fire theater performances of their own. Firebirds strive to constantly improve their skills and creativity. They take part in numerous international juggling conventions and courses as invited tutors. These events are great for exchanging experience and improvement.
Since their establishment, they had more than 2000 performances across the world. Their work aims for a harmonious balance of technique, visuals and artistic self-expression. Dates: July, 1. 11 p.m. Theater Square and July,3. 9.30 p.m. Széchenyi Square. The show starts at 11 p.m.

Fantomatik Orchestra is one of the first Italian bands who started this new marching-band trend 15 years ago. As a matter of fact, the “Fantomatik guys” do offer a double variety of musical performances, both on stage and on the street. The whole Orchestra consists of 13 musicians: 1 baritone saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 4 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1 electric guitar and 3 percussions. Fantomatik Orchestra has attended several jazz and blues festivals , as well Busker days like the Italian “Pistoia Blues, “Umbria Jazz” the “Fete de la Musique” in Paris, and other important European festivals in Besinnes, Linz, Ales, Antibes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Varazdin and many others. Fantomatik Orchestra has also opened the concerts of international artists like Genesis, Morcheeba, Earth Wind & Fire, George Clinton…The concert can be visited free of charge and is recommended for any age groups, they will play on the streets between Szent István square and Széchenyi Square. July, 1. 9 p.m. –  Széchényi Square and on July, 2. 9.30 p.m. on the Promenade. Their concert begin at 9 p.m., venue: Széchenyi Square.

Firebirds – Steam is ON! (HUN)
The scene plays in the world of steam punk, a fictional age where steam power is still widely used – like the Victorian era in Britain – that incorporates elements of both science fiction and fantasy. The three weird outlaw characters are running away from the law driving their marvelous steam-powered velocipede. The complication starts when their vehicle unexpectedly breaks down. Are they skillful enough to repair it in time? July, 1. 8.30 p.m.  Széchenyi Square and July, 3.  5 p.m. at Jókai Square. The show kicks off at 8.30 p.m. at Széchenyi Square.

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Update by Aggie Reiter


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Participated by invitation for a two-day study tour during June, 22 and 23. to the City of Gyula, organized by the Gyula Castle Theater and the Gyula Tourism  Non-profit Ltd.,  together with other media representatives. Was  kinda  road show,  getting acquainted of  the life and culture the city which offers for the locals and the Hungarians from other parts of the country and a terrific  showcase for the foreigners boarding, living in Hungary that beside Budapest, the Capital and the Lake Balaton there are places which are  indeed worthwhile to visit. Throughout our study tour “our guardian angel” was Ms. Aliz  Komoróczki, Manager  at GyulaTourism Office, who made a splendid and enjoyable stay for all of us.

The drive from Budapest to Gyula took 3 hours. Upon arrival our first stop … why not … we were taken to the  famous pálinka manufacture at Gyula.  It was so refreshing after the ride. Whether arriving individually or with a bunch of people, as a group this cozy spot  surely holds an experience to see, to hear and to learn about the number 1 spirit not just  in Hungary, but for those foreigners who once tasted it will never forget their stay in Hungary. Visited the world of spirits and it took us only 5 minutes drive from the City Center.  Upon arrival a presentation took place at  factory’s distillery named after “Baron, George John Harruckern”  who established the first pálinka distillery in Gyula in 1731.  The Baron Harruckern – Gyula Pálinka Manufactory Ltd. still continues the tradition over nearly 300 years.  Interesting part of the presentation was  to visit  the  brewery itself and a demo of the long way it takes to have a snip of the pálinka from the fruit till the fine taste of the Gyulai Pálinkai already bottled. They also accept fruit cooking by wage deals. To be or not to be hungry the tasty morsels await the gourmets. After the presentation been invited for a (“light lunch!”) cooked at the house.  During the lunch we were in the company of  having 5 shots of heavenly scent of the 100% fruit pálinka which surely made its way to  the knuckle and bean stew. We were told: Quote: ” Tasting the pálinka at the ideal temperature should  20C , you will feel the velvety soul of the fruit in every drop.”  Well we went by the rules and have to admit for our first stop we were fully trained.   They also have a small store on the spot where anybody can fill their baggies with the taste of  pálinka they have fallen in love. The Gyula Castle Theater  Director Mr. József Gedeon,  Director,  Gyula Castle Theater joined the “studies”  spoken about the sights-and-sound to come during the 50th anniversary of the Gyula Castle Theater. As we were told, tIt is going to be an ongoing,  longest in days,  summer festival  of the year. The festival holds celebration shows with invited theater performances  from around the country, smooth concerts, exhibitions, blues and jazz concert with international musicians .  Mr. Gedeon outlined the wide range  of comprehensive programs such as, Quote: ” The unique and rare Shakespeare laboratory which will be bringing the mixture of performances to remember for a lifetime. Even though Shakespeare  was not born as a Hungarian, here at Gyula he has a special place in our age. The Shakespeare festival has been expanded, developing  every year within an inclusive  celebration  of  programs of performances, screenings, workshops, readings and media events all connected to William Shakespeare, the Magnificat English poet and playwriter. The City of Gyula by itself is unique in Hungary by not just celebrating Shakespeare works within programs and performances, but also holding other prominent events during the festival. On the occasion of the 50th season of all-arts festival, the City of Gyula welcomes locals and foreigner visitors to  spend  as much time as they can in enjoying the Gyula Castle Theater’s productions . The whole venue holds a unique atmosphere whereas the visitors will get into the mood in the minute they enter the City.”

Our second stop was to the “Százéves” (Hundred Years Old) confectionery.  Guess what , did not have time to get hungry and we were welcomed with the finest, traditional hand-made chocolates, cakes and home-made ice creams. Our eyes ate more than we were able to eat. We were told the history of this sweet shop, so in a nutshell here it goes:  The  “Százéves”  (Hundred Years Old)  confectionery shop was set up in 1840 by the  owner Mr. Andrew Salis. At the corridor of the old pastry shop there is a small exhibition of tools and equipments in use from the past.  The cake recepies are preserved from the original description from the 19th century. Even though time slips by the confectionery  and the shop got older, the name remained as  “Százéves”  (The Hundred Years Old). We were told, the story of the name …  it had no name, but as years rolled by, folks simply kept saying they are going to the “Százéves” (The Hundred Years Old!). All sweet tooth knew where the road led them. To-day the place that takes you back in time to an intimate  scene with  restored original Biedermeier furniture and other facilities, open fireplace, museum, indoor and outdoor  service, of course depending of the season of the year. Later,  the owner of the confectionery was Mr. Reinhardt. Being in Gyula, worthwhile to note the address: 1, Erkel Square, Gyula.

Continuing the day’s program, out next stop was  to occupy our 2 days place of accommodation, as the guest of the local Tourinform at the 4star Hungest Hotel ERKEL – Dürer Building.  As entering  into the hotel I’d rather say it was a neat 5star hotel. A place for a pleasant holiday and recreation …  where everything is at your fingertips,  a place  after a hard week to relax hard … where you can enjoy the wide range of mouth-watering Hungarian dishes with also sweets-for-sweets.   The Hotel Erkel  had sugar and spice and all things nice … where the indoor natural hot spa is just a couple of steps from your room’s doorstep. Every window has the spectacular view to the Castle, also a fine view on the pond and around the ancient tress, hear the robin sing in the morning and can continue a list of the goodies that this hotel is up to, to make their guest their Day! The hotel was renewed two years ago, shares 177 double standard rooms, 5 suites view to the Fortress and 4 rooms for disable guests. The rooms are equiped with all the pleasures that stands for a 4star hotel. Worthwhile to note the address: 1, Várkert Street,  Gyula.  This hotel  has 3stars and 4stars accommodation for every generation: kids, teens, adults, students, pensioners.

There was  a break before supper and the evening’s official opening of the 50th anniversary at open-air theater to the Gala performance at the Castle. The press and media representatives were let to explore, go for a splash into the 4star ludo and thermal bath to pamper and relax at the Gyula Castle Spa.  So  some of the member of the group went to warm up their soul and body.  During the suppertime the representative from the Gyula Spa joined us and talked about the gift from heaven, the Gyula Castle Spa which has per year one million visitors, enjoying  the spa’s medical healing. Talking about  healing,  was told that the medical water wells up from the depth of 2005 meters.and the blowing temperature is up to 72C . It  contains alkali hydrogen-carbonated-chlorinated.  Was told it serves as a balm in case of locomotor disorder, rheumatic, local nervous, diathesis, gastric complaints of acidic origin  and for many other health problems to decrease the pain. The color of the water has a brownish tone owing to its high organic contents.  As we were told  quote: “May sound funny, yet true, if anybody would grab a shovel, start digging or even be in the mood to use a drill  and hit the soil would not be an oilman, but would experience the hot water eruption as the tsunamis.  Gyula lay on the soil of hot mineral water.

Gyula definitely has the most beautiful health resort in Hungary. The waterland lay on 8.5 hectere park which was 200 years ago the Almásy mension.  Everybody will find their favorite pool, cause there are 19 of them, such as  the waterfall, bubble pools with medical water and so forth. Wish to feel on the beach, no problem cause the wave machine will bring high and low waves. The new water-slide world  is a real paradise for the waterlovers.

The venue  and the atmosphere at the  evening’s opening  ceremony and the 50th  Gala performances  were  amazingly full of entertainment. Around the courtyard area at the Gyula Castle Theater  there is a stage upon the huge pond, where the plays  took place and also the stage during the lovely summer nights, with breeze sweeping through.  Not only high above will appear the twinkling stars, but the well know stars will be down here on the stage.  The croaking frogs from time-to-time kept you from not forgetting your on an outdoor theater stay, but that’s free of charge!  The Gyula Castle is the only gothic brick fortress whstormy ich has survived in whole Central-Europe. The evening’s last act was,  a play brought to Gyula by guest theater from Szigliget. „Silent Levente” director Jozsef Kiss, play writer: Jenő Heltai. Romantic story of King Matthias’s time. Peter Agárd Hungarian hero falls in love with a beautiful Italian widow Zilia Duca. The only virtuous lady and her friends persuaded the valiant horse is Sana Bepponak accept the stranger through the stratagem. Peter’s confession of love Agárd noble lady rejects. A reference to an old gallant at Piedmont Tradition calls for a kiss from her. Zilia one kiss from her demands him of three years of silence. The hilarious comedy is well known in Hungary  and also have had been on stage at number of countries around the world with great success.

Unforfortunetely, the stromy rian washed away the end of the play. Nature did not allow the play to come to an end, so sorry for the poor actors, who coulnd’t finish their performance.

During the opening Gedeon József, Director welcomed the gathering locals and the visitors from other regions and spoke about the Gyula Festival, Quote: Between 1st July and 15th August the guests are entertained with the best performances of historical dramas, different forms of contemporary prosaic theatre, opera, operetta, ballet, mediaeval courtyard-music,  jazz,  puppet-show, classic,
folk-music and folk-dance in the summer theatre. Not only the court of the fortress is turned into a theaterground, but
programs of great variety are available on the nearby lake-stage and on stages set up at different places in the town.

Even though “schools-out” Shakespearean performances  and workshops arranged by performing companies will be hand-picked to make the link between enjoyable and educational school’s activity on a non-school class day.

The City of Gyula by itself is unique in Hungary by not just celebrating Shakespeare works within programs and performances, but also holding concerts and other prominent events during the festival. The whole venue holds a unique atmosphere.

Between 1st July and 15th August the guests are entertained with the best performances of historical dramas, different
forms of contemporary theater, opera, operetta, ballet, mediaeval courtyard-music,  jazz,  puppet-show, classic,
folk-music and folk-dance during the festival.  Not only the court of the fortress is turned into a theaterground, but
programs alsorts of programs will be available at the nearby lake-stage and on stages set up at different places in the City.

Soon to be coming up the update on  Day 2 Study Tour …

In the meantime, have attached some videos to see some scenes from the 50th Gyula Castle Theater opening celebration:

Update, snaps, video Aggie Reiter