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Mihály Dresch - Miklós Lukács

Mihály Dresch - Miklós Lukács

Mihály Dresch is a Hungarian saxophone player, and one of the most interesting jazz and folk musicians on the current Budapest scene. Specifically his merger of the American free-jazz tradition with elements of traditional Hungarian folk has led to inspired, unexpected pieces of modern music. 

Dresch was studying to become an engineer when he turned to jazz. He was a member of the Károly Binder Quartet. In his first quartet as leader, founded in 1984, the legacy of John Coltrane's music can be recognized as one of the main sources of inspiration. The recent lineup (István Baló - drums, Ferenc Kovács - violin, Miklós Lukács - dulcimer, Mátyás Szandai - double bass) has existed since 1998. Over the years Dresch and his musicians have played and recorded with such artists as John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Chico Freeman, David Murray, Hamid Drake and Dewey Redman. The project with Archie Shepp led to the Hungarian Bebop recording of 2002, on which Shepp plays Dresch's original material. Dresch has performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including the London Jazz Festival.

In addition to his work as a leader, Dresch is a permanent member of György Szabados's band, the MAKUZ Ensemble. Szabados is generally considered to be the leading light of the free music movement in Hungary.

 

Miklós Lukács was born in Törökszentmiklós in 1977. His father played the cimbalom too, and his mother played the violin for ten years. He began studying music in the Aladár Tóth Music School, under Ágnes Szakály. At the age of nine, he attained second prize in the adolescent age group in the Aladár Rácz cimbalom competition. 
His first performance abroad took place in 1990: he gave a solo concert in Brussels, organised by UNICEF. From 1991 to 1995 he continued his studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory, where his teacher was again Ágnes Szakály. It was at this time that his interest in jazz, particularly improvisation, began to grow. After finishing the conservatory he was admitted to the Ferenc Liszt Music College, and graduated in 1999. At the college he trained with the instruction of Ilona G. Szeverényi. 
In 1997 the Cimbalom Friendly Circle Foundation was formed, and he became a member of the board of directors. He featured at festivals organised by the foundation as both performer and composer. Many of his works were played, including the Cimbalom Concerto for cimbalom and chamber orchestra, dedicated to Ágnes Szakály. 
In 1997 he featured as a soloist on the disc Liszt: Six Hungarian Rhapsodies by the Budapest Festival Orchestra. 
In 1998-99 he performed in the United States as a soloist of the Concertante di Chicago chamber orchestra. In 2000 he received the Artisjus Prize. 
After his college studies, in addition to classical music he immersed himself in other musical genres, primarily jazz and ethno music. To this day he is a member or a permanent guest of many formations, including Kvartett B, the Borbély Workshop, Irén Lovász, the Csaba Tűzkő Septet, the East Side Jazz Company, the Mihály Dresch Quartet and Improvokation. As well as performing he is active as a composer: in 1993 he wrote pieces entitled Hazám (My Country) for the Krétakör Theatre, and Divertimento for chamber orchestra and cimbalom for the ELTE Chamber Orchestra.

Website of the artist:

dreschquartet.hu

www.songs.hu/mihalydreschmikloslukacs

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Mihály Dresch - Miklós Lukács  - Labirintus

Mihály Dresch - Miklós Lukács
Labirintus
Fonó Budai Zeneház
2013

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