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Chris Potter & Luca Kézdy

Friday, December 9, 2016
Consulate General of Hungary |  227 East 52nd Street
As part of the Hungarian Literature in Focus event
Reception to follow


A special vernissage performance by Chris Potter and Luca Kézdy. Performing at the opening of the Berlin bhf. on December 9 are two extraordinary artists, jazz great Chris Potter and rising violin virtuoso Luca Kézdy, reflecting on the evocative photographs by Anna Tihanyi and sustaining parallel dialogues between their instruments and the art on show. A unique and obviously truly one-time experience, this meeting of talents takes place at 8pm at the Breuer Hall of the Hungarian Consulate General.

Luca Kézdy
Extraordinary jazz violinist Luca Kézdy was born in Győr in northwestern Hungary. She studied aesthetics and philosophy at the Eötvös University in Budapest. In 2006, she placed in the finals of the first national Jazz Violin Competition held by Hungarian Public Radio, also winning the Audience Award. She has been playing with Santa Diver since 2006, appearing at numerous European festivals as well as capitals around the continent, including Budapest, Brussels and Paris. Luca is active in several genres, but focuses on jazz, free improvisation and fusion. She has collaborated with numerous artists including Free Style Chamber Orchestra, Nigun, Zoltán Lantos, István Grencsó, Tereskova, Varga János Project, 1724 Trio, Valerie June, Erik Truffaz, Laurent Blondiau and Alexander Balanescu. Her distinctively progressing solos make her playing easily recognizable without becoming repetitive: a commitment to structure is accompanied by a creativity that is seemingly always looking for a musical outlet. She is known for experimenting with the relationship between art and music and has been a sought after performer at various multi-genre events. Luca debuted in the United States in 2015 at the Chelsea Music Festival in collaboration with the Balassi project Budapest Pop Up. She received, with Santa Diver, a standing ovation and the Norwood Club, garnering her the recognition of scores of fellow jazz artists.
Chris Potter
Post-bop saxophonist Chris Potter has been a mainstay on the jazz scene in the United States. A Manhattan School of Music alumnus, he first attracted attention as a member of Red Rodney's quintet. His first album appeared in 1992, soon followed by his first mainstream label release, Concentric Circles. The album met with critical and commercial success, making Chris Potter a highly sought after soloist and collaborator. In the following years, he performed with Paul Motian, Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci and Steely Dan's reunion tour. His collaborations also included the Mingus Big Band and Steve Swallow, with a series of albums with him as lead musicians cementing his renown. By the end of the 1990s, Unspoken and Vertigo, two highly acclaimed records, marked out his place among the most respected saxophone players of his generation. Playing with Dave Holland and on Steely Dan's Grammy-winning Two Against Nature, he reached even broader audiences at the turn of the millennium.
In the past decade and a half, a star musician with a growing fanbase, Potter won scores of awards and polls, included Down Beat's 'Rising Star' for 'Best Tenor Saxophonist' four years in a row from 2004 to 2007. In 2013 he was named Tenor Saxophonist of the Year 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association, while a year later a Down Beat poll listed him as the number one tenor saxophonist in the world. His more recent records have appeared on the most prestigious labels, including Verve, Sunnyside and ECM. A force in jazz, Chris Potter has also collaborated with numerous European artists, promoting their recognition in the United States. From Hungary, Mihály Dresch and Miklós Lukács, as well as Kornél Fekete-Kovács' Modern Art Orchestra have had the chance to perform with him, with the latter presenting a joint performance at the Kennedy Center in 2015.

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