Hungarian-Belgian Jazz Club with Szabolcs Oláh

Date: 28 September
Time: 17:00
Venue:  Liszt Institute Brussels
Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels

The character of Szabolcs Oláh's music is determined by his special relationship with the melodies, that are flowing naturally and instinctively, while it still sounds profoundly constructed. Although, he has well defined jazz roots, his style often ignores the boundaries and here comes another interesting aspect of his music. Szabolcs Oláh merges the different musical styles with confident sense of proportion into his music.

He studied from 2001 until 2005 at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, under the direction of Gyula Babos and Sándor Horányi. He founded his first internationally acclaimed quartet in 2002, with which he won awards in Hungary and Italy (Barga Jazz International Jazz Competition, 1st prize) as well, toured in the Czech Republic and performed at the Technopolis Jazz Festival, in Athens. In 2020, he started his master’s studies in jazz composition and arranging at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

He became a member of Kornél Fekete-Kovács's quintet, played with Nikoletta Szőke, and in the trio of András Dés as well as with the Konzervnyitó Akciócsoport which played interactive musical performances. His own quintet was founded in 2012.

For further information about the artist, his prizes and his projects visit his website. 

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.