Veronika Harcsa

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Veronika Harcsa
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Veronika Harcsa at Cosmopolite in Oslo, 2017
Background information
Born (1982-10-08) October 8, 1982 (age 36)
Budapest, Hungary
GenresJazz, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2005 – present
Associated actsBin-Jip, Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra
Websitewww.harcsaveronika.hu

Veronika Harcsa (born 8 October 1982 in Budapest, Hungary) is a Hungarian jazz singer and songwriter, known to be active in various musical genres. She has received the Hungarian Music Award for Best Jazz Album and Best Alternative Album.

Career[edit]

She started university at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, but graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 2008, and got her Master degree in 2014 at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Her current main project is a duo with guitar player Bálint Gyémánt. Their second duo album Tell Her was released on Traumton Records in February 2017 to a critical acclaim.[1]

Veronika founded her first jazz band in 2005. Between 2006 and 2011 the quartet released four albums, two of which reached the top of the vocal jazz charts at Tower Records, Japan. Besides her jazz career, she gained success in the Hungarian alternative music scene, collaborating with the Erik Sumo Band and the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra. She also featured two albums of the experimental electronic trio Bin-Jip as well as a musical and literary project based on works by the Hungarian avant-garde poet Lajos Kassák. She also won the award of Budapest Fringe Festival in 2007 in the category of "The best voice of Budapest Fringe".[2]

In 2014 she became permanent artist in residence at the Valley of Arts Festival in Hungary, where she is responsible for the jazz program of the cultic ten days festival.[3]

In 2014-15 Veronika Harcsa ran a monthly concert series in Berlin, inviting guests from the local scene. Musicians such as David Friedman, Julia Hülsmann, Samuel Blaser or David Helbock accepted her invitation.

The duo with Bálint Gyémánt was selected to showcase at the Jazzahead! 2015 European Jazz Meeting.

Harcsa has performed at festivals and clubs in over 25 countries worldwide. She worked together with Erik Truffaz, Enrico Pieranunzi, Kris Defoort, Nicola Conte, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Budapest and many others.

Discography[edit]

  • Harcsa Veronika: Speak Low (2005 self release HU and 2007 Nature Bliss, Japan)
  • Harcsa Veronika: You Don't Know It's You (2008 self release HU and Nature Bliss, Japan)
  • Harcsa Veronika: Red Baggage (2009 self release HU and Nature Bliss, Japan)
  • Bin-Jip: Enter (2010 LAB6 Records HU and Whereabouts Records, Japan)
  • Harcsa Veronika: Lámpafény (2011 self release HU and Whereabouts Records, Japan)
  • Harcsa Veronika - Gyémánt Bálint: Lifelover (2014 Traumton Records)
  • Bin-Jip: Live at the Planetarium (DVD and Blu-ray, 2014 self release HU)
  • Bin-Jip: Heavy (2014 LAB6 Records HU and Whereabouts Records, Japan)
  • Harcsa/Keszég/Márkos/Benkő/Pándi: Kassák (2015 self release HU)
  • Harcsa Veronika - Gyémánt Bálint: Tell Her (2017 Traumton Records)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2007 Budapest Fringe Festival Best Voice Won
2009 Fonogram Awards Best Jazz Album of the Year - You Don't Know It's You Won
2009 40th Hungarian Film Week Best Original Score - Lost Times (with Albert Márkos) Won
2011 Fonogram Awards Best Alternative Album of the Year - Bin-Jip: Enter Won
2014 Balcony TV Video of the Month - Bin-Jip: Noway Boy (selected by the New York editors) Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Port.hu".
  2. ^ "Balassi Institute, Brussels".
  3. ^ "Official page of the jazz program at the festival".

External links[edit]