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Hollywood on the Danube

March 27| 7.30pm | doors 7pm
Consulate General of Hungary in New York
223 East 52nd Street, New York| BTW 2nd&3rd Ave
Hollywood on the Danube discovers the old film industry and the world of the Budapest cabaret through an exhibition of vintage film posters, a US premiere screening of the last feature film to capture old Warsaw before its destruction at the hands of the Nazis and a special evening featuring a cabaret-style performance of music originally performed by Katalin Karády, the greatest diva of pre-WWII Hungarian film, from a working class background and recognized, since 2004, as one of the Righteous by Yad Vashem. Join us and share a glass of wine and the great memories of the Golden Age of Hungarian cinema.

Don't miss this evening of music, bringing back the atmosphere of Hungarian Cabaret and the shady but fruitful days of Hungarian film making during the Second World War. Katalin Karády was admittedly the greatest star of her age leaving 24 unforgettable movies and uncountable hit melodies, most of which were born during the war years. Karády's mysterious and controversial life was and still is a gripping story people like to hear and talk about. On March 27 a handful of great musicians will perform the most beautiful Karády songs, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Diva's death.

Nikolett Pankovits
Nikolett Pankovits was born in Budapest, Hungary. When she was 6 years old, she started to play the piano and took classical piano lessons for 8 years. Since she went to a musical elementary school she played the flute as well for 4 years. She was a member of several drama societies.
She went to the Ferenc Erkel music school for a year in Budapest (major in jazz vocal). Teaming up with two guitar players she founded Jazzstand band. They played in local clubs in Budapest and performed at the legendary festival, the Valley of Arts in Kapolcs at Lake Balaton. From 1999 she played one of the leading roles for 5 years in An Imaginary Report on an American Pop Festival, at the Margit Foldessy Drama Studio. She performed at Sziget Festival in 2007 with one of the most famous Hungarian singer-songwriters, Gabor Presser.
In September, 2010 she relocated to New York City. She studied for a year at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and transferred to City College in 2011. Nikolett has formed an acoustic band in New York. They perform under her name and play Jazz and Hungarian tunes. The beauty and uniqueness of Hungarian rhythms and melodies make them easy to be merged with jazz and folkloric music.

Ferenc Nemeth
He is an accomplished and versatile musician who continues to push the boundaries of jazz drumming and composition.  Nemeth has since the early days of his career, been one of the most sought after drummers both, in his native Hungary as well as in the United States. Coming from a musical family, his unique dynamism and versatility was fostered from a very early age.  An exciting performer and imaginative collaborator, Nemeth is well regarded for his work with the Lionel Loueke Trio and GilFeMa and has also travelled, performed and collaborated extensively as a bandleader, co-leader, sideman and educator as well as initiating creative projects of his own.
From his early days at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thelonius Monk Insitute of Jazz in Los Angeles, Nemeth has learned from and worked with the world’s finest jazz musicians and groups including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, the Billy Childs Trio, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, The Henry Mancini Orchestra amongst others. Relocating to New York in 2003, Nemeth’s distinctive energy and drive saw his career continuing with many of the same musicians, and also expanding to include the likes of Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Lionel Loueke, John Abercrombie, Dave Samuels, Mark Turner, Hal Crook, David Benoit, Bud Shank, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Grusin, Eddie Daniels, Eddie Henderson, Ron McClure, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg, Kenny Wheeler, Eli Degibri, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Ellis, Omer Avital, Ilayaraja, the Kenny Werner Coalition and most recently Dhafer Youssef.
Many of his collaborations have become long-standing partnerships spanning over a decade. 2003 was also the start of Nemeth’s involvement with GilFeMa, a trio also featuring Lionel Loueke and Massimo Biolcati.  The trio, who had been playing together since the Berklee days continued their creative efforts in this format with all three contributing compositions to the 2004 album, eponymously titled, GilFeMa (ObliqSound). Notwithstanding, college fraternity and friendship, Nemeth’s natural great range coupled with his dynamism, complexity and improvisation makes him a perfect partner in the Loueke-Biolcati-Nemeth cooperative. His contribution here as well as with other collaborations is evidence of his great versatility, which informs a unique musical personality. His expertise and vast knowledge beyond traditional jazz, has also seen him move effortlessly through contemporary jazz as well as pop, rock, electro-pop, hip hop and increasingly into ethnic and culturally diverse disciplines.
Beyond the extensive repertoire of performance and recording, Nemeth has also established his own label, Dreamer’s Collective Records and in 2007, released his debut album of original compositions, “Night Songs” to much accolade and features such luminaries as John Patitucci, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Lionel Loueke and Aaron Parks. Displaying sophistication and self-assurance, the recording has established Nemeth as a composer and arranger in his own right. A second project for the label “Triumph” was released in the autumn of 2012, sees Joshua Redman, Kenny Werner, Lionel Loueke as contributors, as well as a small wind orchestra. For over 10 weeks the album was among the Top 15 on the CMJ Jazz Charts. Both of his albums were finalist at the Independent Music Awards in 2008 and 2012, respectively. “Imaginary Realm”, the third album for the label was released in 2013 and it features a duo with Javier Vercher, one of Nemeth’s long time friend/bandmate. The fourth album of the label is due to the fall of 2014 and it’s a collaboration with Hungarian legend, guitarist, Attila Laszlo and features two Grammy winning musicians, Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante, besides two incredible vocalists, the Hungarian Charlie Horvath and the Spanish Lara Bello.
An ever-present thirst for exploration and experimentation has seen Nemeth travel widely and play with musicians from a variety of backgrounds and countries. This occupation in turn, has also resulted in Nemeth’s regular participation in workshops and teaching programs in the United States and internationally, the most recent being stints at the University of Siena, the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India, the Kodolanyi University in Hungary, the Bartok Conservatory in Hungary and the Asheville Percussion Festival in North Carolina.
In addition, in 2011, Ferenc has launched an app at the Mac AppStore called “Drum School,” that is an educational tool, including over 400 drum grooves and hand exercises. This app is a rhythm library, an instructional DVD and a method book, all in one.

Jake Shulman
Born in New York City, violinist Jake Shulman-Ment is among the leaders of a new generation of Klezmer and Eastern European folk music performers. He has performed and recorded internationally with Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, Di Naye Kapelye, Adrian Receanu, The Other Europeans, Frank London, Duncan Sheik, and many more. Jake has been a faculty member of New York's Henry Street Settlement, KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Klezmer Paris, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and other festivals throughout the globe. In 2010 Jake received a Fulbright research grant to collect, study, perform, and document traditional music in Romania. Jake's debut solo CD, “A Redele (A Wheel)” (Oriente Musik, 2012) was nominated for the German Record Critics' Award.

Lucas Dedmon
Born in San Luis Obispo, California, Lucas Ryan Dedmon began playing upright bass in Los Angeles at the late age of 21. In three short years he moved to the top of his program at Pasadena City College, receiving the PCC Jazz Award. In 2010 he relocated to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Within his first semester at the New School, Lucas was playing with many of the school’s top musicians in both school ensembles and ensembles outside of school, playing gigs in Manhattan and Brooklyn on a regular basis. He is currently playing in the bands Juka and NYchill, as well as leading his own band TURF. Lucas is an accomplished composer and arranger as well as a being an upright and electric bass player. In Los Angeles he studied under Zac Mathews, Dan Cole, and world renowned trumpet player Bobby Bradford. Since moving to New York, Lucas has studied with Johannes Weidenmueller, Jeff Carney, Jimmy Owens, Vic Juris, Alexis Cuadrado, and Reggie Workman.

Matthew Watanabe
Matthew is a touring and recording artist who currently plays and teaches piano in New York.


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