So many exciting things are coming up this March! Being a guest singer, playing some classical music, and a big journey. Join me wherever you can!
An Evening with the great George Gershwin. Concert at the Franz Liszt Music Academy's Solti Hall, on the 25th of November. Get your tickets here: http://zeneakademia.jegy.hu/program/karosi-julia-gershwin-estje-jazz-itt-69163/332356
New concerts coming up, keep up with the dates! :)
Our son has arrived on the 17th of November, so I finished my performance schedule for a while. Please visit my website later on for the upcoming events!
This summer we're going to visit Germany two times. Tomorrow we will play in Munich, and in August we're going to have concerts in Berlin and Zingst. We will have other sensation for this summer, in August we're going to perform again together with Tobias Meinhart. For more details of our upcoming concerts please follow my facebook site. Have a beautiful summer! :)
Our upcoming concert with the amazing Miklós Lukács as a special guest will be next Thursday at the Opus Jazz Club. Get your ticket and reservation here: (+36 1) 216 7894
New Live Videos on youtube, featuring Mihály Borbély on the saxophone. The film was supported by NKA, and shot in Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfmg9cXIJVM&list=PLJ17dCoQimZxx14_u-1vLR-TqEavNBjAF
Our next concert will take place in the Budapest Jazz Club on the 3rd April, featuring the wonderful Mihály Borbély on the saxophone. You could get your reservation here: +36 1 798 7289
Our new album's promo video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw-sZqw-Y_8
We have returned from our Tour in Transylvania. Here is a concert video from Sfantu Gheorghe, where we had our first gig during the trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCbz8v9bycY&list=PLJ17dCoQimZxx14_u-1vLR-TqEavNBjAF
Available new live video of our concert at Jazzahead! this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm7Ver19ae0
New album reviews under Press Menu. Have a nice reading everyone!
Budapest Jazzboat will start out soon! We will play there from May till September, in every Saturday from 8 pm. More information: http://budapestjazzboat.com/
We are very pleased to attend at Jazzahead this year, looking forward to play there! http://www.jazzahead.de/en/festival/saturday/
"Hidden Roots" Album Release Concert on the Budapest Spring Festival! 26th March 8 pm, at Bálna, Event Hall. The entry is free but you are kindly requested to register on firstname.lastname@example.org email address or 06 1 486 33 11 phone number. Everybody is warmly welcomed!
My website is updated with some brand new songs, infoes, pictures and concerts coming up. Have a look around and enjoy the listening!
My new album "Hidden Roots" will be released in March by Dot Time Records, New York. More news coming soon here and on my facebook site, stay tuned!
This summer is really eventful. We play tonight at the Valley of Arts in Kapolcs, and on the 23rd of August at the brand new Opus Jazz Club in Budapest. See you there! :)
Soon me and my musicians will set out for a concert tour in Czech Republic. For more tour details and news please visit my facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karosi-Júlia/260509200632839
On March 25th I will sing on the stage of the Hungarian National Opera House, where my mother used to sing for many years. It will be a touching moment in my life. Moreover, I will sing Beatles hits that were really significant musical experiences in my childhood. There are still a few tickets availabale, everybody is warmly welcome!
I think every singer's pipedream is to sing with a big band. For me it will come true soon at the Evening of the composer: Márton Fenyvesi on the 26th of January in the Budapest Jazz Club where I will sing You Used to Come in the Morning with my own lyrics accompanied by the Modern Art Orchestra, and the composition called Unmoved with my lyrics as well will be interpreted by Linda Kovács jazz-vocalist. Everyone is warmly welcome! :)
I have wonderful news! We have only two months till the Japanese Release of my albums: Stroller of the City Streets and You Stepped Out of a Dream (a standard EP including four songs).
Next Wednesday (10th October) I will paricipate in an exciting musical project in Mika Tivadar's JazzaJ Concert Program. I will perform with musicians of the young free jazz generation some of my songs from my first album. We kindly invite everyone who is open-minded for such a musical adventure!
It seems that this summer will be the season of the competitions! :) I will participate in Vocingers Semi-Finals as well! www.voicingers.com
I am very happy to be one of the Finalists at the Crest Jazz Vocal Competition, and have the opportunity to go to France with my Quartet in August. You can find more information about this amazing Festival and Competition here: www.crestjazzvocal.com
We are preparing for a "Mini Danube Bend Tour" with Máté Lachegyi pianist, and for one concert, Ditta Rohmann cellist. I am very excited! :) Concert details are here at my website, and more information coming soon at my facebook page! www.facebook.com/pages/Karosi-Júlia/260509200632839
Buy the new album at Hangvető's website or shops! http://www.hangveto.hu/lemez_item_en.php?tid=1323
Dear visitors! I have fantastic news. The album called Stroller of the City Streets is out now, you can listen to the songs here at my homepage. The Album Release Concert will be on the 29th February at Budapest Jazz Club!
Next week the Júlia Karosi Quartet will start the recording session of Júlia's first album, included 10 original compositions. In the beginning of the New Year, you will be able to listen the songs here at my homepage. Untill that we are kindly invite you to join us in our last concert of this year in 29th Dec. at Columbus Jazz Club, where we will play some of the album's songs. Have a joyful winter time and Merry Christmas for all of my visitors!
Dear visitors! Thanks for checking out my new official website! It is designed to entertain you with my latest news, CD releases and concert info. Enjoy browsing and listening to my handpicked selection of songs. Please give me your feedback and keep in touch!
"Júlia Karosi is a vocalist who bring her passion for music into her original compositions and lyrics. Her sound encompasses rich lows, pure high notes and a soulful timbre, while her spot-on intonation in both lyrics and improvisation makes her musical intentions perfectly clear." (Judy Niemack)
"Here we have Julia Karosi and her wonderful musicians from Hungary whose every song is a delicious short story. The compositions are beautifully and intelligently written and performed with great inspiration and will be a joy to the ear, of many I’m convinced crossing the boundaries of jazz." (David Linx)
"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 at blogcritics.org)
"Júlia Karosi's brilliant album Hidden Roots offers compelling evidence that jazz has truly become a global music. Here, Budapest-based vocalist Karosi and her extraordinary quartet effortlessly combine modern jazz with classic Hungarian folk songs." (Thomas Cunniffe at Jazzhistory online)
"As a jazz reviewer, I hear such a plethora of vocalists who are popping out albums like corn kernels at a movie theater, many that are bland as unsalted butter. It's so wonderful to hear a fresh voice that is full bodied, melodic and not nasal, and one that is composing and arranging her own music." (Dee Dee McNeil at LaJazz.com)
"I had only listened once before sitting down to write the review, but found Julia’s voice simply stunning when I got back ’round to it. I give Julia & crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) of 4.99." (Dick Metcalf at Rotcod Zzaj)
"Posing no real answer to the question of what is jazz, Karosi and her pals aren’t worried about it in the least, they just play. The boundaries are pushed nicely and not radically, and the chops on display cut across all languages and borders." (Chris Spector at midwestrecord.com)
"Júlia spends much of her time melismatically and with a very interesting interpolation I think will intrigue non-European listeners" (Mark S. Tucker at acousticmusic.com)
"The real attraction is the extraordinary musicality of Julia Karosi - a resplendent voice, full of beauty and intelligence, all that and a team of superb musicians backing her." (Grady Harp at Amazon.com)
Júlia Karosi was born to a musical family. Her mother is a renowed opera singer in Hungary, and her brother is an international award-winning concert organist. She has started to play the piano and violin when she was six, and she sung in school choirs at an early age. Soon she became interested in many areas of creative arts; she wrote poems, composed music, and took acting lessons. Her interest in human studies led her to win a distingushed award at the National High School Philosophy Contest in 2001. This award served her as a springboard to enter the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest majoring in Aesthetics and Philosophy. She earned two Master's Degrees in 2006. While at the University, she turned her interest towards Jazz, and started studying it in a more rigorous manner. She entered a private music school to study with Gábor Winand. She graduated in the faculty of jazz ginging at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in 2011.
In 2009 she got the Jury's Special Mention of the Voicingers International Jazz Competition For Singing Musicians in Zory, Poland. In 2010 after an audition to a Talent-mentor Program organized by the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, the jury chose her as one of the five students who deserves a special mentoration. In 2011 at the Jazz Combo Competition organized by the Hungarian Jazz Federation her Quartet won the second prize with the singer's composition "Sketches". In 2012 she has participated in the Finals of Crest Jazz Vocal, France.
Júlia established her own Quartet in 2009. Their repertoire consists mostly of original compositions. Their sound is a mixture of classical music and modern jazz, their sounding is sensible, delicate, looking for a clear-out sonority. The members of the band: Júlia Karosi - vocal, Áron Tálas - piano, Ádám Bögöthy - double bass, Bendegúz Varga - drums. The band has performed in various jazz clubs and well-known jazz venues. Júlia's first album containing ten original compositions with the title Stroller of the City Streets has been released in February, 2012.
"To roam, to ramble is the one experience, the strongest link that connects the songs, that's why my album is entitled Stroller of the City Streets. The order of the ten songs reflects the journey the listener can join me on, from searching through roaming and strolling, all the way to arriving at your goal." (Interview in Fidelio Online Magazine, 18 February 2012.)
The album was released by the Japanese Whereabouts Records in December, 2012. Remarkably, the Japanese Label released two albums at the same time. You Stepped Out of a Dream an EP inculding four covers came out also in Japan.
Júlia's second album Hidden Roots was released in March 2014 by Dot Time Records, New York. Apart from a few folk song adaptaions the album contains mostly original compositions. Over and above the traditions of jazz, Júlia Karosi lays great store by folk songs, the music of Bartók, and the enviroment and culture that defined them, in other words, the roots, the exploration of which is the mission of this new album.
More recently, Júlia tours with a brand new Gershwin Project. It presents the most famous pieces of George Gershwin, as well as less known songs – all performed by the Júlia Karosi Quartet, featuring a String Quartet. The concert evokes the real Broadway atmosphere with a modern twist, with the instrumentation of the talented Márton Fenyvesi.
Júlia Karosi Quartet // Áron Tálas - piano, Ádám Bögöthy - double bass, Bendegúz Varga - drums
Júlia Karosi - Ditta Rohmann - László Fassang Trio
Etűd Music School, teacher: Gábor Winand 2005-2007
Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, teachers: Ágnes Lakatos and Tamás Berki BA 2008-2011, MA 2013-2015
Special Mention of the Voicingers International Jazz Competition for Singing Musicians, Zory, Poland 2009.
Talent-mentor Program at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, 2010
2nd Prize at Jazz Combo Competition organized by the Hungarian Jazz Federation, 2011
Final at Crest Jazz Vocal Competition, 2012
Stroller of the City Streets, Author's Edition, 29.02.2012.
Stroller of the City Streets, Whereabouts Records, 12.12.2012.
You Stepped Out of a Dream (EP), Whereabouts Records, 12.12.2012.
Hidden Roots, Dot Time Records, 18.03.2014.
Teleki-Wattay Music School, teaching jazz-singing and jazz-theory 2010 - 2015
Béla Bartók Music Conservatory, jazz-singing teacher, since 2016
Lamantin Improvisation Camp, jazz-singing teaching assistent, 2011
Jazz & Improvisation Camp Sfantu-Gheorghe, jazz-singing teacher, 2012, 2013
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"Hidden Roots run deep"
by Carol Banks Weber at AXS 2015.06.30
Emotion statt Attitüde
by Victoriah Szirmai at fairaudio.de 2015.04.05
Singing a New Song
by Thomas Cunniffe at Jazzhistory online 2014.09.29
"I give Julia & crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) of 4.99."
by Dick Metcalf in Rotcod Zzaj 2014.09.15
Newer Female Voices
by George W. Harris in Jazz Weekly 2014.09.11
by Christoph Giese in Jazzthetik 2014.09.01
"Karosi has a lovely voice and she uses her instrument with an infectious creative artistry."
by Jack Goodstein at blogcritics.org 2014.08.29
"Hidden Roots is a showstopper!"
by Dee Dee McNeil at LaJazz.com 2014.07.30
"Karosi is widely considered to be one of the country's best singers, something I wouldn't for a moment disagree with."
by Mark S. Tucker at acousticmusic.com 2014.07.24
"It's ear opener time again kids as we find the second outing from one of Hungary's top jazz vocalist…"
by Chris Spector at midwestrecord.com 2014.07.02
Hungary's gift to jazz: Meet Julia Karosi
by Grady Harp at Amazon 2014.06.14
"Julia Karosi is a vocalist who bring her passion for music into her original compositions and lyrics..."
by Judy Niemack (Album Quotes) 2014.03.17
"Here we have Julia Karosi and her wonderful musicians from Hungary whose every song is a delicious short story..."
by David Linx (Album Quotes) 2014.03.15
by Christophe Giese in Ruhr Jazz 2012.08.31
Julia Karosi Quartet pour le concours de jazz á Crest
by Philippe Chassange in Jazz Rhone Alpes 2012.08.06
Júlia Karosi, the Singer Who Thinks in Songs
By Barbara Bércesi, in Gramofon Magazine 2011.06.01
An Interview with Júlia Karosi
By Róbert Maloschik in the JazzUp section of JazzMa 2011.02.28
A Jazz singer with a Degree in Philosophy
By Gabriella Bokor in Legato Magazine 2009.09.01