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Veronika Harcsa, Bálint Gyémánt

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Listen to Me Now
Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre; Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt
San Francisco
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
First Night
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
Second Night
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
Last Night
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
Serge With Holy Scar
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
Bori's Rebel
Veronika Harcsa; Bálint Gyémánt; Nicolas Thys; Antoine Pierre
Total Playing Time    43:55
On Shapeshifter, Harcsa and Gyémánt are starting a new chapter of their collaboration. Playing as a quartet for the first time, with Nicolas Thys on bass and drummer Antoine Pierre, the atmospheric original compositions have more foundation now. Rhythmic finesse, multifarious harmonies and airy, even in dynamically denser parts smartly balanced arrangements develop captivating qualities.

“We like the duality between catchy melodies and conceptual soundscapes,“ Veronika Harcsa explains, “our songs have verses, bridges and refrains like a pop song, but the melodies and harmonies are rooted in jazz aesthetics and modern music.” A good example of this balance between direct emotionality and profound ideas is the Nights-Trilogy, with its wide musical arches “describing the different faces of a city at night from lonely, empty streets to vibrant night life.“

Since 2014 Thys and Pierre have been playing together in the quartet TaxiWars with Robin Verheyen and Tom Barman, head of the avant-garde pop band Deus; furthermore, they have a trio with saxophonist Jeroen van Herzeele. Thys’ own formation, The Sound People Project, stands out due to its instrumentation of harp, clarinet, viola and guitar. Drummer Antoine Pierre started playing with Philip Catherine’s band in 2010 when he was only 18 years old. In 2014 he completed his masters degree in Brussels and moved to New York. Two years later he released his first album as bandleader of his octet.

Not only because of its new lineup, Shapeshifter marks an impressive step forward in the successful collaboration of Veronika Harcsa and Bálint Gyémánt. The title of the album symbolically signifies the development: the band grows, the sound becomes more opulent, more profound, more complex, and the dynamics even more powerful. At the same time the essence stays present, namely the distinctive melodies and variable grooves, elegant changes of style and the intense singing of an outstanding voice. This is how modern, pan-European songwriter-jazz that values personal expression over ephermal trends should sound.
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