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Santa Diver

Luca Kézdy and Friends Avantjazz to Ethno
JUNE 14 | 9.30PM
SHAPESHIFTER LAB | 18 WHITWELL PLACE, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
BETWEEN 1ST AND CARROLL ST, OFF 4TH AVE-PARK SLOPE
R-TRAIN (UNION STREET STATION), ATLANTIC/PACIFIC BARCLAY CENTER STOP
THIS IS A FREE PERFORMANCE

LATE NIGHT VIOLIN JAZZ @ CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
JUNE 17 | 10PM
NORWOOD CLUB | 241 W14TH ST, MANHATTAN
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Luca Kézdy and two talented musicians from her native Hungary – including husband-composer Dávid Szesztay – showcase the style and skills of this jazz violin phenomenon currently garnering praise across festival and jazz clubs in Europe. A bright new spot in jazz violin, a somewhat underappreciated instrument in jazz truly shines in this trio setup. Listen to some great music from these up and coming musicians transforming ideas about jazz and violin HERE.

CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Chelsea Music Festival vision is to celebrate great music in dynamic venues with the world’s leading musicians and exciting newcomers on the international music stage.  With its roots in and inspiration from the Chelsea neighborhood, CMF seeks to reflect the creativity gathered in one of New York City’s most exciting neighborhoods.  Home to Chelsea Piers, the High Line and world-renowned art galleries, Chelsea is a nexus of old and new, performing and viewing, space and its contents. These dynamics inspire the Festival programming, which spans musical genres ranging from classical to jazz and also reaches beyond its borders through cross-genre collaborations and works specifically composed for the Festival.  The Festival also explores the interplay of art forms – in particular the musical, visual and culinary – and connects artists, composers and concertgoers to one another through intimate settings.

SANTA DIVER TRIO in performance
Jazz violinist extraordinaire Luca Kézdy leads a trio of musicians who explore the limits and the role of the violin in jazz, while carefully guarding their openness towards musical heritages of members, notably Hungarian Jewish music and Central European folk traditions. Santa Diver has been making waves in Europe for the past half-decade as surprise standout performers at various festivals, captivating audiences with the exceptionally structured and varied violin parts that permeate the music, complemented by bass and percussion that emancipate themselves from rhythm section to contributing partners of the musical trialogue happening on stage. Recognized recording artists, Santa Diver are to be experienced live, so that one gets a true impression of the ability of members to communicate through music and take their playing to the next level.

 

Members
Luca Kézdy (violin) 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 in 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.

Dávid Szesztay
(electric bass), a native of Budapest, Hungary, is a multi-instrumentalist composer and film score author, who is known for his broad spectrum of musical genres. He plays traditional keys and electronic synthesizers, as well as guitar in addition to his primary instrument, putting his skills to good use in composing varied pieces built on the sophisticated combining of instruments tofit the mood of the music. He started composing at age 13 and has progressively broadened his scope to composing for theater and film. He has played piano and guitar, also contributing vocals, in several bands. While composing and orchestrating music for film and theatre, he has also performed with his own alternative band, Dav, releasing 3 studio albums. Dávid and his wife, Luca Kézdy formed the experimental-jazz trio Santa Diver in 2006.

David Szegő
is one of the most radical members of the young generation of contemporary jazz drummers in Hungary. He is a graduate of theLiszt Academy of Music, where he majored in jazz drums. Beyond his engagements with Santa Diver, he is a collaborator of Béla Ágoston, one of the most varied performers in the jazz and experimental scene in Hungary today (including Frió, Kártett, Küntett, Ágoston - Szegő Duó). He has recently partnered with Tamás Kettős, exploring music and slam poetry while also contributing to theater productions for the Góbi Company and Andax. As a stage musician for Andax Theater and as a member of the Ágoston - Szegő Duo, he received two awards at the Atelier Festival in 2012. David’s newst forays have been into composing music, where he continues to explore the linkages of styles and genres.

The 2015 Santa Diver performances in NYC are made possible in part by a grant from the National Cultural Fund, Hungary and the Artisjus Foundation, Hungary.

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