Kézdi Luca & Benkő Róbert live @ Lumen Cafe, Budapest

Back in business:)
Last night, in Budapest @ Lumen Kavezo, an intimate duo gig, strings related and sometimes spiced up a little bit with some electronic effects of KÉZDY LUCA & BENKŐ RÓBERT. Violin and double bass from a young gun of Budapest’s improv scene – KÉZDY LUCA on violin and a veteran of Hungarian’s jazz scene – BENKŐ RÓBERT. Before the gig, I checked some sounds of KÉZDY LUCA and those ones make me to attend to the later gig. 

Small and cozy place – Lumen Kavezo located in a quiet square of Budapest, closed to some of the finest art-museums, it was packed with usual suspects for that type of gig, around 40/50 peoples, most of them knowing each others and trying to have some other options for their spare time.
The gig started with a tremendous solo of BENKŐ RÓBERT on double bass and it was the perfect opening act for what it followed. Using a little bit of bow’s technique, it reminds me of Charlie Haden’s approach for the sound itself plus some deconstructed classical jazz related motifs. In that key, the violin of KÉZDY LUCA added a new voice, sometimes a little to bit unbalanced and adding a tone of baroque and even “americana” classic vibrato in her playing. Using the echo-pedal and loops, she has their own voice and finally a dialogue has been revealed. Stories told for the first time sometimes (in this case it was their 1st gig together) can have their own spell. If not, you’re looking for one and try to deliver to yourself from inner vibes and sound memories. Carla Kihlsedt and the Norwegian Ola Kvernberg come 1st in mind with their sound stories and bringing some memories out of void.

The gig was part of a new festival held in different small clubs/venues in Budapest named Negyed7Negyed8 and it will continue until 14th December with some other interesting nights trying to investigate the actual scene of Budapest new sounds.