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Mezei, Szilard Septet: Veres Pancel (FMR)

Vojvodinian composer and violist Szilard Mezei formed this septet in 2005, his 3rd chamber group with a distinctly free jazz voice, citing influences Gyorgy Szabados, Anthony Braxton, Bela Bartok, Witold Lutoslawsky, Gyoryg Ligeti, Jimmy Giuffre, Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, to which we would add Eric Dolphy, here in their second FMR album capturing a live concert in Serbia, 2018.
 

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UPC: 748079797062

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 481-0318
Squidco Product Code: 26441

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live in concert at Kosztolanyl Theater, in Subotica, Serbia, on April 13th, 2018, by Lazar Zivanac.


Personnel:

Szilard Mezei-viola

Bogdan Rankovic-alto saxophone, bass clarinet

Branislav Aksin-trombone

Mate Pozsar-piano

Ivan Burka-vibraphone

Ervin Malina-double bass

Istvan Csik-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Szilárd Mezei, born February 12th, 1974 in Senta, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) as a member of the Hungarian minority in the multiethnic region of Vojvodina. Completed his violin studies in Senta and Subotica and studied composition for four years at the University of Arts in Beograd under prof. Zoran Eric. As violinist, violist, double bass player and composer and in various formations (from duo to nonett) held many concerts: Senta, Kanizsa (the "Jazz, Improvisative Music..." Festival 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002), Subotica, Novi Sad (all Serbia, then Yugoslavia), Maribor (Slovenija), Szeged (Hungary, 'MASZK' Festival 1994, 1997), Budapest (Hungary, 'FONÓ' 1997), Gyor (Hungary, 'Mediawave' Festivals 1992, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2006, also 'Gyorfree Impro Workshops' 2003, 2004, 2006), Gyergyószentmiklós (Romania), Leverkusen (Germany, 'Leverkusener Jazz Tage' 1991), Düsseldorff (Germany, 'Düsseldorffer Altsadt Herbst' 1996 - special prize for improvisation), Copenhagen and Aarhus (Denmark, 'Magic Music Festival' 1999), Kluj-Napoca (Romania, 'Charta Minimumia Festival' 2000), Odorhei Secuiesc (Romania), Beograd (Serbia, 'Ring Ring Festival' 2002, 2005), Pécs (Hungary, 'Gassztro Fest' 2002, 'POSZT' 2006), Kishegyes ('Dombos Fest' 2003), Copenhagen, Aero, Aalborg, Aarhus (Denmark, 2003 - tour with the Creative Workshop Ensemble), Debrecen ('Debrecen Jazz Days' 2003), Klagenfurt ('CIK', Austria, 2004), London ('Klinker Nunhead', 2005), 'Cerkno Jazz Fest' (Slovenia, 2006, 2007), Avignon 2006, Zagreb, Graz , Warszawa (Music Academy), Budapest (Music Academy), Gyor, Subotica, Novi Sad, Debrecen , Vác 2007, Dunajska Streda (Are You Free? Festival), Beograd (Ring Ring Festival 2008, Lasciar Vibrare festival), Budapest (Újbuda Jazz festival 2008), Ljubljana, Krakow (Krakow Jazz Fall 2008, Graz (Stockwerk).

His orchestra plays contemporary improvised music, mostly performing his own compositions. As a composer, Mezei is interested in exploring the relationship between improvisation and composition (similarly to Witold Lutoslawski's aleatoric and Anthony Braxton's creative music methods), incorporating elements of jazz and authentic folk music as well. As a young musician he followed the path of B.Bartók and Gy.Szabados. Mezei is also very actively involved in composing scenic music and plays authentic Hungarian folk music on genuine folk instruments (koboz and oud).

Since 2001, Mezei is closely collaborating with choreographer Josef Nadj, director of the 'Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans' in Orléans, France. Their mutual project 'Les Philosophes' was selected theatre-piece of the year 2001 in France. The play was performed with great success at the 'Festival of Dance' in Cannes, France 2001, in Avignon 2002, in Brugge (Belgium - the capital of European Culture for the year 2002), in Orléans in October 2002, in Paris in May 2003, in Reggio Emilia (Italy), in Le Havre, in Nantes (France) 2004, and in London 2005. In 2006 they collaborated on a new project 'Asobu' (together with co-composer Akosh S.). This play was premiered at the Festival d'Avignon in 2006, then successfuly toured Europe and Japan.

In 2003 Mezei was invited by the Creative Workshop Ensemble of Denmark to tour in that country, performing some of his compositions.

In 2007 He was invited to play with The Fonda / Stevens Group. They held concerts in Magyarkanizsa, Zagreb, Graz, Oberwart, Cerkno, performing compositions by Michael Jefry Stevens, Joe Fonda and Mezei.

His 'String Trio' was performed at the Festival of Contemporary Music 'Ondine '98' in Rovereto, Italy . The composition 'Trio for Flute, Piano and Percussion' won the 3rd prize at the 7th International Review of Composers in Beograd 1998 in the category of student-composers. He got the 'Sterija Prize' for the music of the theatre-piece 'Szelídítések' (Tamings). In 2004 Mezei won also the prize for music at the 54th 'Festival of Professional Theatres' in Vojvodina (for the theatre-piece 'Via Italia'). In 2009 He won the prize for composition in Theater Festival "Joakim Vujic, Sabac, Serbia for the music in theater-piece "Tempest". As a performer Mezei participated in many workshops of improvised and intuitive music (with Tim Hodgkinson in Budapest, William Parker in Gy?r, among others). Played so far with musicians/improvisors like Matthias Schubert, Tamás Geröly, Róbert Benk?, György Szabados, Mihály Dresch, Michael Hornstein, Tim Hodgkinson, Albert Márkos, Peter Ole Jörgensen, Jens Balder, Joe Fonda, Michael Jefry Stevens, Joelle Leandre, Hamid Drake, Herb Robertson, Frank Gratkowski, Charles Gayle. His writings on music were published in many periodicals in Former-Yugoslavia and Hungary.

Mezei is a member of the Composers Association of Serbia and the Hungarian 'Gyorfree' Jazz, Improvisative, Contemporary and Folk Music Workshop Comitee.

He lead the Szilárd Mezei Trio, Szilárd Mezei Quintet (/ Sextet / Septet / Octet / Ensemble), and plays in many formations (duo, trio, etc.) for improvising music (among others, in duet with György Szabados, and with His orchestra MAKUZ, The Fonda/Stevens Group, Burány Quartet, duet with Albert Márkos)."

-Jazz CDs UK (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_1273/biography_id_1273)
12/12/2018

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Bogdan Rankovic is a saxophonist known for his work with Szilárd Mezei, Boris Kovac, Jeanette Chéro & Béla Mavrák.

-Squidco 12/12/2018

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"Serbian trombonist Branislav Aksin finished high school in Novi Sad. Starting from the second year of high school, simultaneously taught trombone at the music school Isidor Bajic. He studied at the Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad. In 1979 he enrolled in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Vinko Valetic. He graduated in 1985, and obtained his MA degree in 1989. During his studies he won the numerous awards at the republic and state competitions. At the Faculty of Music he was awarded from the prof. Jakova Srejović Fund for the best final exam and awarded from the prof. Bruno Bruno Fund for the best master's exam. Aksin is laureate of the Competition for young artists in Zagreb in 1987. Since 1982, he is a member of the Opera Orchestra of the SNP as a bass trombonist, and in 1984 he took place of a solo trombone. He is also solo trombonist of Vojvodina Philharmonic and Novi Sad Serbian National Thetre orchestra. In the 1988/89 season worked as a solo trombonist of the Belgrade Philharmonic. As a soloist and as a member of various chamber ansembles (Duo trombone, Novi Sad brass quintet, Musica Viva, Tickmayer Formation), he held a series of concerts in the country and abroad and participated in festivals such as Nomus, Bemus, Tribune of Yugoslav creativity in Opatija, Zagreb BIENNIAL etc. In 1989 starts cooperation with Theathre Jel from France who runs Jozef Nagy, and since 1991 has lived and worked in Orleans (France). With this ensemble has performed in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Israel. In 1994 he returns to Novi Sad, where he was elected assistant professor of Trombone and Chamber Music at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Since 1995 he is a member of the chamber orchestra Camerata Accademica and Novi Sad Brass Quintet. With these ensembles, then as a soloist and in various other ensembles perform at NOMUS, Bemus, the International Review of Composers in Belgrade, and in many concerts in Novi Sad, Belgrade, Subotica, Kanjiza, Senta, Vrsac, Podgorica, Budva, Budapest etc. In 1999 was elected an associate professor of the Academy of arts. In recent years he is cooperating with the ensemble Sonemus from Sarajevo, with whom he toured in 2002 in Sarajevo, Zadar, Zagreb, Belgrade, Podgorica and Skopje, and in September 2003 in Switzerland (Zurich-Winterthur). He is a member of Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra (trombone solo) and Opera Orchestra of the Serbian National Theatre (trombone solo)."

-MDSJenko Website (http://www.competition.msdjenko.edu.rs/jury/branislav-aksin.php)
12/12/2018

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"The excellent pianist, Máté Pozsár has been recognized so far as an active figure in the creative free jazz and free music scene in Hungary, being member of groups by István Grencsó, Szilárd Mezei and György Baló, as well as of the A.M.P. Trio. However, being himself not just a fan but even professor in music theory, he has been speculating since a longer time about a conceptual compositional approach based on harmonies and voices inherent in modal and polymodal harmonics. He invited his close musical friends to join his brand new, drumless sextet in order to realize this concept about a slowly-built, transparent chamber music, exuberant both in binding terms and free improvisation."

-BMC Records (https://www.bmcrecords.hu/en/programs/mate-pozsar-sextet)
12/12/2018

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Ivan Burka is a vibraphonist known for his work with Mezei Szilárd.

-Squidco 12/12/2018

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"Ervin Malina: Serbian bass player

Ervin Malina, double-bass graduated from the Art Academy of Novi Sad (Serbia) in 2007.His ability to transform and identify with different music styles made him a valued member of a variety of ensembles on his musical journey. Great inventiveness and imagination align him with the most sought-after double bassists in Novi Sad, especially for performing improvised music, jazz.

He is a regular member of the Vojvodina Symphonists Orchestra, as well as of the former Novi Sad Chamber Orchestra. He cooperates also with Olah Vince and his Earth-Wheel-Sky Band, which recorded the music for several Serbian national TV serials. As a member of the Serboplov ensemble of clarinet player Bogdan Rankovic, he has performed in many concerts and festivals in Serbia, Germany, Hungary... his cooperation with composer Boris Kovac brought him to Norway, Poland, Czech, Bulgaria, Japan...

He also cooperates with the composer Mezei Szilard, in the Mezei Szilard Trio, and other ensemble formations, with whom he has recorded a number of CD albums as well as music for theatre performances.

He has participated in the theatre performances of Josef Nadj: 'ASOBU', 'Length of 100 Needles' for which the music was composed by Mezei Szilard. He occasionally cooperates with Hungarian composer Szabados Gyorgy and his MAKUZ ensemble.

As a member of the OSSA Jazz Quartet, he has a CD album and a great number of performances in festivals and clubs. He cooperates with different folklore ensembles (tours in Czech, Slovak, Romania, Hungarian, etc.). He is also guest on a new project of the composer Milan Nenin and Novi Sad band 'Tripcycle'."

-Gyorge-Szabado (http://gyrgy-szabados.com/the-world-of-georgy/whos-who/ervin-malina-musician/)
12/12/2018

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Drummer and percussionist István Csík has been a member of the following groups: Boris Kovač & La Campanella, Boris Kovač & LaDaABa Orchest, Serboplov, Szilárd Mezei Ensemble, Szilárd Mezei International Ensemble, Szilárd Mezei Octet, Szilárd Mezei Quintet, Szilárd Mezei Septet, Szilárd Mezei Trio, Szilárd Mezei Vocal Ensemble, The Jon Hemmersam/Szilard Mezei Quartet

-Squidco, Discogs.com 12/12/2018

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track listing:


1. 98% 3:16

2. Polar 8:11

3. Supernormal Slap 7:28

4. Innen/From here 9:41

5. 100 tu hossza/ Length Of 100 Needles 4:53

6. Metal Cat 8:01

7. Itt / Here (In Memoriam Gyorgy Szabados) 8:21

8. Veres Pancel / Bloody Armor 8:49

9. Szurke lett / Became Grey 3:26

10. Hep 22 9:54

11. So No 2:54
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The Szilárd Mezei Septet, formed in 2005, is the ensemble of Vojvodinian composer and violist, Szilárd Mezei. This is the third in a series of chamber ensembles, and is preceded by his quintet and piano quintet.

The septet's repertoire consists of over 30 compositions by Szilárd Mezei, written specifically for this arrangement. There is an evident tendency in the focus of the musical content towards researching complicated musical solutions in terms of chord and countepoint- structures, as well as multilayered sonic scores on the musical plane. The composer is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of orchestration which, in relation to the composition of the instruments in the ensemble, offers great versatility of choice. The Septet's program ranges from completely free improvisation to organized improvisation and strict, written composition. And in terms of genre, it ranges from Hungarian folklore-based compositions to contemporary music and jazz.

Septet is also a kind of link to larger arrangements and chamber ensembles. In various formations, which are either basic or extended versions of the septet, several albums have been recorded and issued as follows:

* Szilárd Mezei International Ensemble: Draught (2005) LEO RECORDS

* Szilárd Mezei Quintet: Cerkno (2007) LEO RECORDS

* Szilárd Mezei Octet: Tönk (2010) Slam Productions, England

* Szilárd Mezei Vocal Ensemble: Fújj szél, Zenta, visszhangozz szél (2012) NotTwo, Poland

* Szilárd Mezei Septet: 100 tű hossza (2012) Slam Productions

* Szilárd Mezei Septet: Polar (2015) NotTwo, Poland

* Szilárd Mezei Septet: CET (2016) Odradek Records, Italy-USA

* Szilárd Mezei Septet: Hajnali APN (2018) FMR, England

* Szilárd Mezei Septet: Véres pajzs (2018) FMR, England

"-Szilárd Mezei Septet Facebook Page


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