Rising Stars – Young wizards of music bring Europe to Budapest

Even with a magical goblet to choose participants, it wouldn’t be a question why to choose these talented young people over thousands of their fellow students and colleagues.

When an audience is truly with me, I feel that anything is possible – interview with Stanley Jordan

“I knew I had to do this because I had music in my head that I could not make on the guitar.” Meet Stanley Jordan and others, and see him playing the guitar the way no one else does.

We aim to impress fans of big musical emotions – interview with conductor Erki Pehk

“I consider Sinfonietta Rīga as one of the best, if not the best, chamber orchestras in the Baltic region”, says Estonian conductor Erki Pehk.

Consistency in Transformation

To these driving rhythms and storytelling melodies, the quintet adds improvisations and orchestrations with various tones to fully realise their captivating power.

A multilingual theatre installation: Faust 1&2

Following its highly successful premiere in Munich, Pathos Theater, the Bavarian capital’s largest independent company will bring their experimental Faust performance to CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival audiences.

The professor of jazz-rock fusion in the BJC – RoLaJaFuFu: rock, latin, jazz, funk, fusion

Ever since Dean Brown completed his studies at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has always been the first name to call if a supergroup finds itself needing a jazz-rock guitarist…

Three brothers from the edge of Europe – Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia

The Sinfonietta Riga formed in 2006 with the intent of showcasing vibrant and rich Baltic contemporary music to the world. Their ideas and musical conceptualisations and endeavours have been rewarded with a Grammy Award, amonf others…

How to hold the fan if you want to express your love?

Have you ever thought how much could be expressed with the mere moving of a fan, putting it from one hand to another, touching with face, fingers or mouth?

Some little miracles in life that I got from dance

Slowly I learned how to switch out my ankle, my walking also improved a lot, there was no practical reason anymore to continue dancing (it was obvious that I can’t be a great dancer anyway), but I just didn’t give up.

The expanding horizon of Ólafur Arnalds – from hardcore to musical robots

He composed with sixteen already, but rejects the elitist attitude of the classical music scene and goes his own path – which includes a lot. The intriguing life story of Ólafur Arnalds with drumming, existential questions, robots, lost harmony and regained silence…

An elegant musical tour to all Planets in the Solar System

“The design, journey and observations of our Solar System are more than just scientific and artistic profiling. They are about the entitlement of nature, and what we inherited as living, breathing and dreaming things.” (Jeff Mills)

Human voice is the most wonderful prop for dance – choreographer Maurice Béjart’s thoughts on The Magic Flute

“I did not attempt to slip the smallest personal attention, or added message, into an already perfect work; rather, I sought to listen to the score scrupulously (and lovingly), read the libretto and translate…” Maurice Béjart on staging The Magic Flute.

The black sheep of violin music conquers the stage

For beginner and advanced rebels, fans of classical music, popular music, even world music. Sharpen your ears!

It’s always a good sign when language is on the move – interview with Kinga Tóth about her performance show

It’s not like a poem reciting event with background projection and music. For me, all these forms are equal and juxtaposed, I’m creating a “living text body” from their mixture. – Kinga Tóth is preparing for her performance show in the Trafó.

There are no rivals at this competition, only friends – interview with conductor Gábor Hollerung

The International Choral Celebration, held in Budapest from May 18 to 21, shows the most beautiful and engaging face of choral music.

Doing Justice to the Jabot

aroque music usually has a pace of 50-80 beats per minute, and the brain responds to it by taking up the electrical patterns characteristic of the relaxed state, which, according to some researchers, facilitates activities like studying and reading…

I Hear America Singing

From his mid-20s right until his death, Leonard Bernstein was America’s favourite, and the pride of the nation: the first American-born conductor to conquer the world. He understood and felt the American style…

Baroque Soap Opera Reloaded

All three works contain references to moments in Wilhelmine’s life: the self-sacrificing, loving sister, the hysterical arguments between her parents, the tyrannical father forcing his daughter to marry, who even condemns his own son to death.

Scientific, Fantastic Dance

in his Autobiography, Wayne McGregor gives a synthesis of everything that he knows, thinks, and feels about dance and humankind. And of what he has discovered, this time through his own genome.

Natural Born Marketeers

The upcoming generation of world stars seems to care little either for tried and trusted methods, or for our what we’re used to. Or are we dealing merely well tempered appearance?

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