Peter Sárik Trio nominated for the Hungarian Grammy

Breaking news form the Hungarian scene: the Bartók CD of the Peter Sárik Trio is nominated for the Fonogram Prize (the Hungarian Grammy). This is the third nomination of the trio, In 2014 the trio already won the award with their album ‘Jazz Request Show’. Peter Sárik would have been a key figure within the Focus on World Jazz from Hungary …

BIMHUIS & AMERSFOORT JAZZ: SANTA DIVER

The Focus on World Jazz from Hungary brings more than 20 Hungarian World Jazz artists to Amersfoort. All of them incomparable virtuosos, who incorporate their traditions into modern jazz. One of them is the trio Santa Diver of e-violinist Luca Kézdy. “Whether it’s minimal techno, experimental jazz or Moroccan desert blues: Santa Diver finds it all equally important. Their music …

Belgian pianist Jef Neve returns with ‘Mysterium’

Belgian pianist/composer Jef Neve already rocked the world of Amersfoort Jazz during the Focus on World Jazz from Belgium in 2018. This led to a lasting friendship. “Amersfoort Jazz is a wonderful festival. It’s a real pleasure to play here,” Neve says. This year, he returns to Amersfoort Jazz with his new project ‘Mysterium’. “In a world where data and (fake?) …

International report: World Jazz Festival, India

The Dutch representatives at the World Jazz Festival in Mumbai, received standing ovations and raving reviews. “The term ‘World Jazz’ seemed perfect as artists from The Netherlands, Thailand, South Africa, India, France, South Korea, Suriname and the US got together at Bandra’s St Andrew’s Auditorium. In its first edition, the World Jazz Festival organised by Banyan Tree provided a variety …

‘Alto for Two’ Dutch-Spanish Quintet gigs Festival Terrassa

‘Alto for Two’ is an international joint venture of some of the young saxophonists/leaders Kika Sprangers (NLD) and Irene Reig (ESP). Kika studied in Utrecht and tours with her own groups as well as with Dutch jazz masters and orchestras; Irene is from Barcelona, where she already studied piano, before studying saxophone in Amsterdam. The first concert of ‘Alto for Two’ …

Amersfoort Jazz presents: HUNGARIAN CHILDREN TRAINS

Amersfoort Jazz presents a 100 year commemoration concert on the subject of ‘Hungarian Children Trains’. After the First World War, at the instigation of national aid organizations, about 60.000 malnourished children from Hungary traveled abroad (to The Netherlands and Belgium , among other countries), to regain strength with foster parents. Some went back to Hungary, others stayed behind. There were …

International award winners at Amersfoort Jazz

Congratulations to Lex Korten (USA), the winner of the 14th UNISA International Piano Competition (January, South Africa). Lex will perform at Amersfoort Jazz 2020. Lex Korten gigs the event two times with the quartet of guitarist Yoav Eshed (ISR/USA), winner of the International Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2015, who already played at the festival in 2017 with Tom Oren, …

Amersfoort Jazz presents: promising and powerful women

Amersfoort Jazz proudly presents some of the most promising and powerful women in the world of World Jazz today. Polish piano virtuoso Kasia Pietrzko plays with her trio the works from the album ‘Forthright Stories’; the astonishing multi-intrumentalist Petra Várallyay performs at the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival as well as in the Focus on World Jazz from Hungary. …

Polish piano virtuoso at Amersfoort Jazz

Polish pianist Kasia Pietrzko returns to The Netherlands. We already saw the young virtuoso shine during ’12 Points’ in the BIMHUIS Amsterdam, now she and her trio settle in Amersfoort, during the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival, on Friday, May 15 in theater De Lieve Vrouw. Just like the rest of the concerts during Amersfoort Jazz festival, admission is …

JazzNL presence at UNISA South-Africa

From our foreign correspondents: Once again, the initiatives of Amersfoort Jazz & JazzNL have led to international results. In South-Africa, the Unisa Big Band performed at the opening ceremony of the 14th Unisa International’s Piano Competition on Monday, January 20 at ZK Matthews Hall. The concert featured Daniella Hart, one of the Joy of Jazz endorsed laureates at the Sena …