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Serbian viola-player/composer Szilard Mezei and his Wind Quartet return with a release that crosses contemporary chamber music, European folk-jazz and improvisation in magnificent ways.
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Catalog ID: aylCD-122
Squidco Product Code: 15133
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded on December 22nd & 23rd, 2010 at Studio Vilenjak, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Bogdan Rankovic-alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet
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"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)
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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)
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1. A Megoldás Lehetetlen Változatai | The Impossible Variations Of Solutions 9:22
2. Innen | From Here 11:03
3. Nagymacska | Big Cat 14:34
4. Trio Improvisation 5:38
5. Hep 15 K 14:15
6. Hep 15 R 11:30
7. Régi Tánc | Old Dance 10:00
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"Following their highly acclaimed debut We Were Watching the Rain on Leo, Serbian viola-player/composer Szilard Mezei and his "Wind Quartet" return with yet another batch of their subtle mix of contemporary chamber music, European folk-jazz and improvisation. Throughout the seven pieces on Innen, Mezei's viola is both supported and challenged by Bogdan Rankovic's reeds, Branislav Aksin's trombone and Kornel Papista's tuba, all four musicians of this small orchestra servicing the composer's ideas as well as entering into improvisational exchanges, and taking the music to impressive heights of creativity, consistency and virtuosity."-Ayler Records
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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