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This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Bágyi Balázs


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Balázs Bágyi is a drummer, composer and teacher from Hungary. His repertoire ranges from musical to free jazz. His band, the Balázs Bágyi Quartet is a representative of Central European ethno-jazz and plays his original compositions.

Balázs was born in 1973 in Pécs, Hungary and started his musical career there.

In 1998 he graduated with honors from the jazz faculty of the Ferenc Liszt College of Music, becoming a jazz musician and teacher. His professors there included Imre Kőszegi, Iván Nesztor and Béla Zsoldos.

During his college years, Balázs organized several groups from among the students and played in others' formations (Kristóf Bacsó, Gábor Cseke, Balázs Horváth, András Párniczky).

He is a member of the Hungarian Jazz Federation and Artisjus (Hungarian Authors' Copyright Association), and has been an active concert artist. Over this time, he has worked with leading Hungarian jazz artists (Tamás Berki, Balázs Berkes, Mihály Borbély, János Egri, Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Tamás Mohai, Ferenc Muck, Gábor Winand, György Vukán, Máté Victor), honing his skills in numerous concerts and intensive studio work.

He was a member of the Whitefül band (1998-2003), scoring several tracks for their 2003 album Future in the Past.

In 2004 he formed the Balázs Bágyi Quartet, which plays his own compositions. Their debut album "Somewhere Else" appeared in the summer of 2004. One of the songs on this album, Mosquito Dance, was selected, from thousands of applicants, as a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition 2005. The quartet has been a regular performer at leading Hungarian festivals since, including 6th Festival of Jazz and Wine in Balatonboglár and the 34th Jazz Days in Debrecen.

Balázs was a participant in the International Improvisation Workshop, organized as part of the Mediawave Festival in Győr. Under the leadership of William Parker, he worked and performed with Rob Brown and Hamid Drake, two leading figures of the Chicago avant garde as well as various Hungarian musicians (Béla Burány Pöcök, István Grencsó, Ferenc Kovács, Ági Szalóki, Mátyás Szandai, Viktor Tóth).

Most of his theatre work has been collaboration with Kolibri Theatre. He has worked with János Novák for a long time, contributing to various theatrical and movie soundtracks (Bors néni, Fafeye, Sobri).

In the summer of 2005, he was part of the European stage premiere of Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, at the Vörösmarty Theatre in Székesfehérvár. The piece was directed by Miklós Szurdi.

He is a member of the Syndicate of the Hungarian Jazz Federation and member of Artisjus (Hungarian Authors' Copyright Association) as a composer.

He is director of the Dr. Lauschmann Gyula Secondary Jazz School and he hosts his own jazz show on Radio Vörösmarty in Székesfehérvár.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2004 Bágyi Balázs Quartet: Valahol máshol
(Balázs Bágyi Quartet: Somewhere else)
Magánkiadás Own
2005 Harcsa Veronika Quintet: Speak Low Nature Bliss HVQCD01
2009 Duola Tim Produkció DUOCD 01
2014 Easy Landing Tim Produkció BBNQ01
2016 Continuity Jazz Suite TOM-TOM Records TTCD244 Own