Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 8:00 pm
Blind Boys of Alabama – gospel choir
The Blind Boys of Alabama are formed some six and a half decades ago.
They predate Elvis, Little Richard and Al Green yet even in their 70s they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have won an impressive four consecutive Grammy Awards over the past four years. In recent years, The Blind Boys have proven themselves masters of bringing out the most spiritual aspects of mainstream music, while at the same time bringing the music of the church straight to the
The Blind Boys had spent more than 40 years working mostly in the traditional gospel circuit, since forming at the Alabama Institute for the Afro - American Blind in 1939.
Spirit of the Century was a triumph, a blend of gospel, blues, soul and folk that won the 2001 Grammy for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
In the past five years, they've recorded moving renditions of songs by everyone from Tom Waits to Prince, and appeared as guests on record and on stage with an equally diverse array of artists, from Peter Gabriel to Ben Harper.
As they've reached acclaim and commercial success in recent years, one thing has remained: The group's mission to do God's work in new and inspiring ways.
French Institute, 8:00 pm
Olamar - Concerto Jazzenesance
With: Edina Szirtes /
voice, violin,folk woodwind instruments, Zoltán Oláh /
piano, Péter Oláh / double bass,
György Martonosi / drums,
percussion,Boglárka Fábry /marimba, percussion
The group was formed in 2006 and, influenced by the proximity of the Bartók music house, they made their first joint recording drawing on Béla Bartók’s collecting trips. The blend of roots in the Carpathian Basin and 20th century progressive jazz can be felt in the group’s playing. Their music is both highly energetic and emotional, giving the members of the group the opportunity for maximum self-expression.
At their concert they will follow the theme of the Budapest Spring Festival to evoke the European Renaissance, shaping it to the group’s image.
Concerto Jazzenesance is an imaginary journey in time and space, and although all their compositions are linked in some way to the Renaissance style and melodies the arrangements speak mainly about their own experiences and impressions presented in mature and characterful contemporary jazz.
The group made a successful appearance at the Warsaw International Jazz Festival, and has taken part in a number of European concerts.
(With the support of the French Institute.)