Harcsa Veronika

Veronika Harcsa (1982) is a uniquely versatile Hungarian jazz singer and songwriter. In the new millennium, among the members of the „new wave” female singers, she stands out in terms of creativity, awareness, diversity and popularity. She navigates effortlessly and confidently on the border between jazz and pop. She is an instinctively talented songwriter and a charismatic performer with a unique tone, a warm, velvety voice. In addition to her three main directions – the jazz-pop Veronika Harcsa Quartet founded in 2005, the experimental electronic project Bin-Jip launched in 2010 and her duo with guitarist Bálint Gyémánt – she has participated as a guest in numerous music productions. Among others, she collaborated with the Erik Sumo Band for years. Veronika Harcsa graduated from Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 2008 and got her Master degree in 2014 at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She initially studied classical piano, but at the age of 15, while she was browsing on the record counter in music school, she spotted an album Down Home New York by saxophonist Archie Shepp, and for some reason, she became so inspired by this that she started to play the saxophone. After a while it turned out that she had a greater talent for singing, so she pursued jazz studies. In 2005, she formed her own quartet, recorded nine demo songs which was released on CD (Speak Low) at the behest of a friend. Then came a fairy-tale twist: the album somehow found its way to Japan where plenty of people started searching for it and the demand got so significant that a Tokyo-based company called Nature Bliss released it in 2007. The following year, they organized a club tour for the quartet in the UK. After releasing her own compositions on the album You Don’t Know It’s You in 2008, which quickly became a jazz platinum record and won prestigious awards, Veronika Harcsa started to soar in her career. Apart from singing with her own bands, she has participated in various art projects: she lent her voice to contemporary dance choreographies, composed music for theatre plays, set music to the verses of Hungarian poets (Lámpafény, 2011), regulary works on classical music projects and albums such as Debussy NOW! (2020) and performs with the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra and Concerto Budapest. As a guest artist, she has collaborated with renowned bands such as Nicola Conte Jazz Combo, Thomas Siffling Trio, Pannonia Allstars Orchestra, Budapest Jazz Orchestra, Freestyle Chamber Orchestra, Fugato Orchestra and Colorstar. Meanwhile, she continued releasing albums with her bands, all of which prove her unique and extraordinary talent. Besides touring worldwide, since 2014, she has been curating her own stage at the Valley of Art Festival and is responsible for the jazz program of the cultic ten-day event. Since 2017, when she left Bin-Jip, she has been focusing on her own projects. She has performed in 40 countries, and worked together with artists like Erik Truffaz, Kris Defoort, Nicola Conte and Enrico Pieranunzi.

Last update: 2024-7, Jávorszky Béla Szilárd

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