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Gala concert of VeszprémFest and Auer Festival

Ferenc Snétberger's guitar concerto For my People is an uplifting anthem of hope for the end of human suffering, a personal confession written in memory of the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust. The three-movement work is inspired by the emotional music of the Roma tradition. Snétberger has performed it in many places around the world, including at the United Nations headquarters in New York, then again with the Veszprém based Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra. At Gilles Apap's exhilarating concerts, the audience often doesn't even know when the classical repertoire piece is due to start – for example, tonight's Mozart Violin Concerto in A major - because in his hands we embark on a musical journey around the globe before we suddenly realise that Mozart's music has been playing for some time.

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How does one of Phil Collins' favourite vocalists from the Genesis' farewell tour of 2022 end up on the same stage at the House of Music Hungary as a Kossuth Prize-winning saxophonist and one of Hungary’s most international artists? Well, the answer is not only the result of fourteen years of constant dreaming by the drummer Jávor Delov, the artistic director of Random Trip, but also by fulfilling one of our team’s biggest goals for 2023: to realize as many international concerts and collaborations as possible, while simultaneously "tangibly" demonstrating that Hungary is in a prominent position in terms of the jazz and pop music scenes in Europe, both in musical talents and classics – including all generations of musicians. This will be perfectly illustrated on 6 April by the first Random Trip concert at the House of Music, at which the Irie Maffia diva and daredevil Sena Dagadu and MC Kemon will be joined by Dániel Szebényi (Godfater). and many others, including Mihály Borbély, one of the nation’s most versatile wind instrument players (the Vujicsics band), and one of Austria's most sought-after session guitarists, Thomas Hechenberger, as well as Daniel Pearce 'DTale' who, when he is not wowing audiences with Genesis or Level 42, writes drum'n'bass hits like Nobody To Love with Sigma.

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Adventures in music with the country's most entertaining and eloquent vocal music teacher. Not only is Árpád Tóth an excellent performer, choirmaster and artist, but his captivating performances can make even the most timid take a step forward.

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Elefánt is one of the most popular Hungarian bands of the 2010s, but surely everyone is aware of that by now. What may be less well known is that the band – which is at home with everything from alternative rock to post-chanson-rock – originally started out as a duo in Szombathely, the birthplace of the band. Csaba Szendrői (vocals) and András Tóth (guitar) were helped by friends and fellow musicians from their hometown of Szombathely even in their early days, but until 2012 they mainly wrote songs together. Then, over the last decade, in addition to the rapidly increasing popularity of the band, they occasionally return to the duo formation. FELEFÁNT [BTW, a wordplay on ‘half of Elephant’] mostly plays popular Elefánt songs with minimal instrumentation, but they also perform arrangements of Csaba Szendrői's published poetry. This time they will be joined on stage by another performer, Panka Kovács.

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The third album from the Krisztián Oláh Quartet, one of the most significant groups on the Hungarian jazz scene, will be released in 2023 under the title Music for 24/7. The album, which follows the 2022 release Crescendo, will feature a special contribution from one of Britain's emblematic wind sections, TRYPL Horns (Ryan Quigley, Paul Booth, Trevor Mires). The Quartet will present their new material at the House of Music Hungary in this expanded, seven-member line-up.

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Ferenczi György 1ső Pesti Rackák [György Ferenczi & the 1st Pesti Rackas] will be performing with American artist Raymond McLain on this occasion. The retired director of Morehead State University and leader of the legendary McLain Family Band will be in Hungary for a week-long workshop and training session, and at the end of the course we will be treated to a remarkably interesting evening. At the beginning of the show, the Eredő band will play authentic Hungarian folk music from their new album, recorded in Nashville and produced at MSU under the mentorship of Raymond McLain and Bea Salamon. This will be followed by a contemporary Hungarian folk-blues set by the 1st Pesti Rackák, and then the second half of the programme will feature music from the week-long workshop led by Raymond McLain and featuring all the participants. The songs showcase the authentic folk music of the Appalachian Mountains as interpreted by McLain with original voicing and sound, using EAR TRUMPET microphones.

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The Ricsárdgír band, which has enjoyed such a brilliant career over the past decade, will soon disband. Indeed, the group will give its penultimate concert at the House of Music.

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The Junior Prima Prize-winning pianist-drummer Áron Tálas is an important figure for the young Hungarian jazz generation, who after numerous appearances, occasional music-making and two albums with his own Trio, comes to the House of Music Hungary with a new programme that brings together the sound of the Áron Tálas Trio and the worlds of two vocal guests, Bea Palya and Ági Szalóki. New songs and arrangements of folk songs – worlds meeting. Áron Tálas is a three-time Gramophone Prize winner, Junior Prima and Artisjus Prize winning performer and composer. He graduated in jazz piano and jazz drums from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he currently works as a band teacher. His diverse musical activities and successes have made the 31-year-old a role model for the younger generation in Hungarian jazz. Last year, he was selected for the Swiss Focusyear scholarship programme, where he worked with iconic jazz musicians such as Jeff Ballard, Lionel Loueke and Jorge Rossy.

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