Balassi Jazz Club with Krisztina Pócsai

Season opening concert

Date: 15 September
Time: 17:00
Venue:  Hungarian Cultural Institute
Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels

Krisztina Pócsai (singer) completed her studies at the Classical Piano Department of the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory, then in 1998 she got her diploma in jazz singing at the Jazz Department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Since then she has been teaching jazz singing at music and art schools in different cities of Hungary. She has been a presenter of radio programs for six years now, and has also been participating in the organization of the jazz talent contests of the Radio. Pocsai has been a vocalist on several Hungarian popular music recordings, and her excursions to the realm of pop and funk brought her the opportunity to participate in the making of three albums as composer and lyricist. Her album recorded with legendary figures of Hungarian jazz, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and Rudolf Tomsits, together with two representatives of the youngest generation of jazz musicians György Orbán and András Pecek Lakatos, features evergreen compositions of a mellow tone. It is a sad fact that Rudolf Tomsits passed away before the record was released, thus the musicians have dedicated the album to his memory. Krisztina Pocsai's first CD as a composer and singer is about to appear in the near future.

Tamás Zsári (saxophone) was born in Budapest and graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. After graduation he moved to the USA and lived there for 3 years. In 2001, he accepted the invitation of Budapest Jazz Orchestra and joined the ensemble. He is one of the founding members of Modern Art Orchestra. He played together with many well-known musicians, such as Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman. With his band he also plays his own compositions. He performed at several festivals in Hungary and in Europe. He currently lives in Brussels.

Bart De Nolf (double bass) was born in 1965 in Brugge, Belgium and graduated at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in 1987 for classical double bass. Since 1988, he has been a professor at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and Brussels. As of 1986, he is a member of “BRT Jazz Orchestra”. He also played with pop bands, and performed with several freelance musicians. He was a member of the Toots Thielemans Quartet, with which he played together in Europe and around the world.

Bruno Castellucci (drums) was born in Chatelet, Belgium. At the age of 14, he started to play the drums in an autodidactic way. In 1962, he won the 1st prize at the Adolph Sax Dinant Jazz Festival. From 1963 he has been a member of the Jazz quintet of Alex Scorier. Since 1970, he has taken part in recording sessions in several countries. Between 1974 and 1981, he was a member of the BRT Jazz Orchestra, and he was a steady member of Toots Thielemans Quartet. Since 1978 he has been a member of the Akkerman band and since 1980, that of the Rhythm Combination & Brass band.

Gábor Ladányi (guitar) was born in a musician family in Budapest in 1993. He studied at the Faculty of Jazz-guitar at the Kőbánya Music School, and at the Faculty of Classical Guitar at Kodály Zoltán Music Academy in Hungary. He participated in several festivals in Hungary with the Debrecen Big Band and received a golden award at the Big Band Festival in Budapest. He currently lives in Brussels and studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.