The setlist of MAO plays Jazzahead! Showcase 2022, Bremen


Kristóf Bacsó’s reflection on the Hungarian folk song, “The Peacock” is the title-piece from ‘The Peacock – a Tribute to Zoltán Kodály’, the new concert program and upcoming album from MAO’s series that salutes the legendary Hungarian musicians. The Ensemble dedicates the second part of his series to Zoltán Kodály.

The repertoire was selected by Kornél Fekete-Kovács, the art director of the Orchestra from Kodály-pieces and from the tunes composed particularly for this occasion by the members of MAO. The concert sketches the whole ouvreau of Kodály from the early impressionist compositions to the choir-works that process folk songs. The original Kodály-pieces are sung by the choir that is invited to the actual concert. The instrumental compositions are performed by MAO. Kriszta Pocsai, one of the most talented Hungarian jazz singers is also featured as solo vocalist in the concert.

Kornél Fekete-Kovács and his fellow musicians – János Ávéd, Gábor Subicz, Kristóf Bacsó and Gábor Cseke – have been bringing with them the love of choir singing and folk music since their childhood. While creating their interpretations the composers leaned back to the folk songs collected by Zoltán Kodály to salute his compository and folk collector’s work. The album compliments Kodály’s concept of music-education, which has similar ideas to jazz music’s main principle, improvisation.

Feat.: KRISTÓF BACSÓ – Soprano Saxophone