Focus on World Jazz from Hungary

Each year, the festival Amersfoort Jazz pays particular attention to World Jazzfrom a country abroad. In the last years the festival’s focus was on World Jazz from Thailand, South-Africa, Spain Belgium and Israel; in 2020 Amersfoort Jazz presents the Focus on World Jazz from Hungary. Hungary has a rich music culture with folk music and distinctive instruments such as the violin and the cimbalom. Also, the famous Hungarian composer Béla Bartók has influenced modern Hungarian jazz. All these elements will be present in the Focus on World Jazz from Hungary during the festival Amersfoort Jazz 2020. The Péter Sárik Trio will bring a jazz interpretation of Bartok’s ‘Mikrokosmos’ during the festival.

More than twenty musicians from Hungary will perform at Amersfoort Jazz 2020. Péter Sárik Trio, Mihály Dresch Quartet, Károly Binder, Mihály Borbély Quartet, Veronika Harcsa & Bálint Gyémánt Duo, Petra Várallyay Trio, Santa Diver and Varga Balázs. The Saturday night is a special Focus Night in theatre De Lieve Vrouw and on Sunday afternoon the artists have the challenge of performing all together at the Grand Finale at de Lieve Vrouwekerkhof (open air theatre square). In addition, the artists perform at the various stages throughout the historic city during the entire festival, mainly in the historic venues such as Observant, Mannenzaal and Sint Aegtenkapel. A special project within the Hungarian programme is the concert ‘Kindertreinen’ on Saturday afternoon in de Sint Joriskerk.

The Ambassador of the Embassy of Hungary in the Netherlands, András Kocsis, is enthusiastic about the collaboration: “I am very happy that in the year of celebrating the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Hungary we have the chance to showcase our jazz talents to the world in the beautiful city of Amersfoort.”

• Take a look at the Amersfoort Jazz YT channel