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New Dimension Workshop

Victims of the Holocaust in Hungary Memorial Year
Jewish and Roma Music from Hungary, a m
emorial concert and education project by NEW DIMENSION WORKSHOP
November 24, 2014 | 8.15 pm
450 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 (between 9th & 10th avenues)
Admission is FREE
New Dimension Workshop: Jewish and Roma music from Hungary
Oláh, Kálmán: piano
Klenyán, Csaba: clarinet
Jávorka, Ádám: viola
Babits, Antal: bass clarinet
Sponsors: Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Center, NY Tom Lantos Institute, Hungarian Jewish Heritage Public Foundation, National Cultural Fund of Hungary

New Dimension Workshop first performed in 2003, quickly establishing itself as an important presence on the contemporary classical scene. In the decade since, they have successfully participated at various national and international festivals including the Budapest Autumn Festival and the International Bartók and Tchaikovsky Opera Festival. Last fall the group had a privilege of recording three concerts for the Hungarian Public Radio. The members of the Workshop are outstanding virtuosos and represent different musical genres. Their music brings us to the meeting place of tradition and innovation, improvisation and expert musicianship.
On November 24 at the DIMENNA Center for Classical Music in Manhattan Antal Babits and fellow musicians present a unique preview program of the concert they will perform at the Jewish Community Center on November 26. This contemporary classical rearrangement of Jewish- and Roma themed material from the Carpathian basin is the next installment in our ongoing commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in Hungary, which extinguished the lives of over half a million Jews and other persecuted minorities. The crimes committed by the then Hungarian state and the Nazis continue to present a challenge to a democratic Hungarian identity which can only be the outcome of facing past crimes, remembering victims and the just, as well as preserving the legacy of Jewish culture in the region. We continue to make efforts in all fields and ask our New York audiences to join us in the work of remembrance.

Kálmán Oláh. A graduate of the Béla Bartók Conservatory and Franz Liszt Music University (the latter of which he became a faculty member in 2000), Budapest native Kálmán Oláh has long been impressing jazz aficionados worldwide with his own particular style, which blends together elements of Hungarian folk and classical music into more traditional jazz structures. With his Trio Midnight, which he started in 1990, Oláh has released a handful of albums, but as a solo pianist he has also recorded material and won numerous competitions. It 2003, with help from bassist János Egri, drummer Ferenc Nemeth, and singer Irén Lovász, Oláh issued Contrasts + Parallels, while for 2007's Always, his U.S. debut, he chose famed players Jack DeJohnette and Ron McClure to back him, a combination that led to a much more straightforward realization of jazz, including on the title track, which won him the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Composers Competition in 2006.
Csaba Klenyán. He studied with József Balogh and Béla Kovács at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, graduating in 1990. The following year he won first prize at the Young Interpreters’ Competition in Arizona, and then again in 1993 at the Popa International Clarinet Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Besides playing the classical and romantic repertoire, he is keenly interested in performing contemporary music as a bass clarinettist. Many of these compositions are written specially for him. He has won the Artisjus Prize on three occasions, in recognition of his commitment to contemporary music, and last year was awarded the Liszt Prize. He is a founding member of the Ensemble UMZE (New Hungarian Music Society). In December 2003 he made his début recital in London as a soloist at one of Springboard Concerts Trust’s series at the Wallace Collection, as part of Magyar Magic - Hungary in Focus 2004. In 2002–2003 he was holder of a Soros fellowship. Csaba Klenyán plays a Selmer Recital clarinet.
Adam Javorka. After finishing his viola studies in the music conservatory and jazz music school, from 1990 he started playing in different symphonic and chamber orchestras, as well as jazz groups (Hungarian RTV. Youth Orchestra, Ernő Dohnányi Symphonic Orchestra, Marcato Ensemble, Juventutis Symphonic Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Electroaccustic Orchestra). At the same time he was playing with many improvisation groups and contemporary dance ensembles from Hungary and many other countries (Agens Production, L1 Dance Lab). From the 1990s he was making many electronical projects with samplers: live performances and CDs in Hungary and in Europe too (Belleview Digital, Place Moscou Minimal). In 1999 he founded the Belleview Studio, where he was composing many film,TV and theatre music. During this period he went on tours non-stop with different musicians and contemporary dancers in Europe and in the USA. He has been playing in the New Dimension Workshop since 2004.
Antal Babits is a clarinetist and a composer, as well as a noted historian of philosophy. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary - University of Jewish Studies, Budapest. One of his research subjects was the Platonist and Pythagorean history of the idea ”music of the spheres" and its contemporary reflections. Being the teacher of the Jewish Theological Seminary - University of Jewish Studies, the editor and reader of many schoolbooks he was awarded the Scheiber Prize in 1999. He has dealt with contemporary music since 1976. He is a founding member of the Contemporary Music Workshop, and founder and leader of the New Dimensions Workshop. His work as a composer and musician is certified by the CD–s: Diaspora Ethno Tours; Lament, Hommage  á Bartók and Kodály; Soul travel; Contra–punkt; Hommage á Bartók, Presence, Elegy 1956, Diagnosis. Nowadays he plays the contrabass clarinet — the largest member of the clarinet family that has the deepest voice of all the clarinets. He realises his artistic ideas often using the attendant arts (theatre, movie, literature and visual arts). Antal Babits’ chamber opera, the Golem, or The Rise and Fall of Idols was presented at the Budapest Autumn Festival.


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