Júlia Karosi – Without Dimensions (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 58:16 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Jazz
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The new album from Julia Karosi featuring Ben Monder includes a tribute piece to Béla Bartók, with instrumental themes transcribed for voice from Microcosmos and the Romanian Folk Dances.
For over a decade, vocalist Júlia Karosi has been at the forefront of the Hungarian music scene due to her distinctive style that expertly synthesizes jazz and classical sensibilities. On her forthcoming new full-length album Without Dimensions, Karosi and guitarist Ben Monder reexamine and reimagine the works of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály in a contemporary jazz setting. Half original music, half arrangements of Bartók/Kodály compositions, Without Dimensions is also an extraordinary exploration of Hungarian heritage. This is Karosi’s fourth full-length release as a leader and features Áron Tálas on piano, Ádám Bögöthy on double bass and Bendegúz Varga on drums.
“I always wondered whether music belongs to any of the dimensions as theorized in the “standard model” in modern physics. I summarized my subjective answer as the title of this album. I believe that music’s apparent lack of dimensions pertains to its unique ability to lift us humans into a sphere of existence where we become unaware of time and space. I also believe that these timeless experiences are usually tied to specific events in our lives, – often catching us unawares of their significance – the very moments that make our lives worth living for. I considered some unforgettable moments in my own life with the programmatic titles in my original compositions in this album. Rebirth reflects on the birth of my son followed by Insomnia (obviously), Words andBeyond is a conflict between verbal and non-verbal forms of expression. Madeleine Moment is a musical quote of Marcel Proust’s poetic description of involuntary memory in his In Search of Lost Time. In this album I wish to pay a “jazz tribute” to two of the greatest Hungarian composers of the twentieth century, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály with arrangements and jazz transcriptions of their works. I hope they wouldn’t mind!” (Júlia Karosi)
Julia Karosi is one of Hungary’s top jazz vocalists. After graduating from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Júlia founded her own quartet in 2010. Hidden Roots (released in March, 2014 by Dot Time Records, New York) was her second CD as a leader and the follow-up to the successful Stroller of the City Streets (released in February, 2012 by Whereabouts Records, Japan). Hidden Roots contains a number of Julia’s original compositions and as the name eludes to, arrangements of Hungarian folk songs.
“Karosi has a lovely voice and she uses her instrument with an infectious creative artistry. Her album and its musical choices suggest very clearly that Hungarian traditions are mine seams waiting for the knowing miner.” (Jack Goodstein)
1. Júlia Karosi – Without Dimensions
2. Júlia Karosi – Rebirth
3. Júlia Karosi – Epigrams No. 7, 8
4. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle Prologue
5. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos III, No. 92
6. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances No. 3
7. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Outro for Romanian Folk Dances No. 3
8. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Sorrow
9. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos IV, No. 115
10. Júlia Karosi – “Only from the Purest Source” Hommage Á Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos IV, No. 113
11. Júlia Karosi – Insomnia
12. Júlia Karosi – Words and Beyond Pt. 1
13. Júlia Karosi – Words and Beyond Pt. 2
14. Júlia Karosi – Words and Beyond Pt. 3
15. Júlia Karosi – Madeleine Moment