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Esszencia @ Foundry616

  • Foundry616 616 Harris Street Ultimo, NSW, 2007 Australia (map)

Don’t miss your chance to experience Esszencia’s full concert program in Sydney’s premier jazz club.

Foundry616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo
Doors open: 6.30pm / Concert: 8.30pm

Bookings and ticket info:

Call (02) 9211 9442

 The Hungarian band Esszencia’s (Essence) music is an exceptional creation. Individually, and among their respective groups, its members are well accomplished in traditional, jazz and classical styles.

Unlike the many traditional folk music bands from Hungary, Esszencia carefully fuses classical and jazz art forms with folk music. This combination gives the audience a unique musical journey of middle Europe through musical time.

Apart from the haunting, soulful, and crazy fast tunes of traditional Carpathian music, Bach and Bartok pieces are comfortably woven within this show. Their music is both thought provoking, and exhilarating, based on a traditional band of violin, viola, cimbalom and double bass, punctuated by song, saxophone, and dance.

Róbert Lakatos – viola, violin
(former member of the Luxemburg European Soloist Band and the Slovakian Philharmonic; musical director of Thália Theater in Kosice; Fonogram Award; Harmonia Award)

János Csík – violin, vocal
(founding member of Csík Band; Kossuth Award; Príma Primissima Award, Gold Cross of Merit of the Hungarian Republic; Young Master of Popular Art)

Szilvia Bognár – vocal
(founding member of etNoé Band; Zoltán Kodály Memorial Award; Young Master of Popular Art; Regional Príma Award of Central Hungary)

Gergő Kováts – saxophone
(member of Irie Maffia, Budapest Improvisers Orchestra; Junior Príma Award; winner of national jazz competition in Balatonfüred)

Dániel Szabó – cimbalom
(music leader of Hungarian National Dance Ensemble, member of Bazseva Band, Young Master of Popular Art)

Tamás Kunos – viola
(founding member of Csík Band; Kossuth Award; Príma Primissima Award, Young Master of Popular Art)

András Bognár – contrabass
(member of the world famous Dresch String Quartet; Junior Príma Award)

Zoltán Gémesi
(artistic director of the Szőttes Dance Ensemble in Bratislava; soloist dancer of the former Budapest Dance Ensemble)

Mária Horváth
(soloist dancer of the Szőttes Dance Ensemble in Bratislava)

Later Event: February 17
Táncház on the Bay