Teachers

Guitar

Miki Birta is a 47 year old Hungarian jazz guitar performer who also works as a teacher in Kodolányi János University College in Hungary.

In the year 1996 he graduated Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest with the Bachelor’s Degree and shortly after graduation was invited to work and teach in the U.S.

In 2007 Miki started his work in Liszt Ferenc Music Academy where he conducted jazz guitar, combo classes and also lectured on music theory. In 2016 he gets his Master’s Degree in music.

The year 2012 was very important in his career because of publishing his two class e-book of a music theory and improvisation and his special tuning of a guitar chords, wich is the first this kind of a book ever made.

His discography consists from three albums with his own original compositions.

  • 1998 Next generation
  • 2004 Hey Kids!
  • 2009 Friends

He was teaching and playing from New York to Latvia. In Saulkrasti Jazzcamp in 2004, and 2017.

Miki has played gigs, and record album with
-Mike Stern (Pál Vasvári’s project)
-Gary Willis (Péter Szendőfi’s project)
-Mike Mainieri (Nalanda’s project)
-Eric Marienthal (Walk Away’s project)
-Bill Evans (sax) (Walk Away’s project)
-Joe Lovano (Budapest Jazz Orchestra’s project)
-Ed Neumeister (Budapest Jazz Orchestra’s project)
-Ken Peplowski (Budapest Jazz Orchestra’s project)
-Mark Nightingale (Budapest Jazz Orchestra’s project)
-Raul Midon (Budapest Jazz Orchestra’s project)
-Jeff Andrews (Trio project with him, and with Krzysztof Zawadzki)
-Steve Logan (Walk Away’s project)
-Jim Morisson (Roland Szentpáli’s project)
-Paco Sery (Pál Vasvári’s project)
-Jose Bazerra (Pál Vasvári’s project)
-Vinx (Silhouette’s project)
-Dave Samuels (Pál Vasvári’s project)

Drums

Szilard Banai is one of the busiest drummers in Hungary. He has
played more than 60 records in different styles. Szilard plays: jazz,
rock, pop, fusion, world music. Several of his albums had nominations and won awards in Europe and in the United States.

Szilard also working as a clinician and solo artist. Last year Szilard taught at University Jam Session School in Barcelona and He was one of the headliner performers and clinicians at the legendary LaRioja Drumming Festival. He also participated in the Drum Experiment video project with Russ Miller, Daru Jones and Robby Ameen.

He has played with Steve Hackett, Vinx, David Murray, Gulli Briem, Alex Acuna, Dom Famularo, Akira Jimbo
Szilard and Gulli Briem made a drum duet project, which is called DrumEmotion. Szilard is also working with his own group “Silhouette And Vinx” and on his own album as a producer and composer.

His awards:

  • Golden Drumstick(2009)
  • eMeRTon Award (2001)
  • Fonogram Award (2012)
  • Prince Award (2003)
  • Paiste international endorser( 2011)
  • Vic Firth ( 2014)
  • Evans (2015l)
  • Meinl Percussion(2017)

Bass

István Megyaszay is a professional session musician, solo artist, composer and teacher. Works with several top artists live and in studio as well. Participates around fifty live shows per year. He has
recorded over twenty albums. Plays traditional, fusion and
avant-garde jazz, pop and rock. He’s new album, “Tales on
Bass” has been released in January of 2017. Supported artist
of Eden Amplification and Blasius Basses.

Schools:

  • 1992-1997 Eötvös József High School, Tata
  • 1998-2001 Kőbánya School of Music
  • 2002-2006 Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and Jazz Bass Guitar teacher

Bands:

  •  MegyaBass Group
  • Eastwing
  • Trio Eichinger
  • Piramis Évek
  • Freedom Quartet

Workplaces:

  • 2006-2007 Konytyfa School of Art, bass guitar and music theory teacher
  • 2007 Sportlife Media Kft. Superbike Magazine, editor
  • 2010 Central-European Institution of English and American Studies
  • 2009-2013 German Nationality’s School of Art, Pilisszentiván, guitar teacher
  • 2000-… Private teacher
  • 2015-… Kőbánya School of Music, professor of electric bass department

Played in:
Király Linda Band – band leader
Nicola Parov Balkan Syndicate
Satis Cristian Band – Australia
Tóth Vera’s band
Gáspár Laci’s band
Megasztár Production
Cserháti Zsuzsa Tribute Band
Rácz Kati és a Flush
Funk Factory
Csend Production
Caramel’s band
Griff
Groovehouse
Besh o droM
MegyaBass Group
Mujahid Zoltán’s band
West and East Quartet
John Whitfield Band – Austria

Vocal

Bea Tisza finished her studies at the Jazz Faculty of  Ferenc Liszt University of Music in 1995 – as a jazz vocal teacher / performer. She contributed to several jazz and pop albums and concerts as a solo singer / backing vocalist. Bea published 3 solo albums, 2 of jazz standards, 1 with her originals compositions with the contribution of British jazz musicians. During the years she was a vocal teacher at secondary level music schools, the Ferenc Liszt University of Music, at the Jazz camp ( Szombathely, Hungary) and at on going Talent Search TV shows in Hungary ( Megasztár / Csillag születik ) The last few years Bea had mainly contracts abroad as a singer pianist.

Piano

Aron Talas was born in Hungary where he studied jazz-piano and jazz- drums at the Franz Liszt University in Budapest.
In 2013 he won the national jazz-combo competition with his trio, and in the same year he won the „Junior Prima“ prize. He won 2 “Gramofon” prizes and has been voted 3 times as the keyboardist of the year in a hungarian jazz-website’s poll. (www.jazzma.hu)

He had performed in Japan, Greece, Germany, England and among
others, he had the opportunity to play with Dave Liebman, Niels-Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Ed Neumeister, the New York Voices,
In 2015, he got into the finals of the Montreux jazz-piano competition.

The Aron Talas Trio’s first album “Floating Island” has released in 2016 by Gats Productions, Tokyo, which earned critical acclaim.
Their second album “Little Beggar” will be released in 2018 by BMC
Records.

Aron Talas is the accompanist teacher of the Jazz-singing department at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
He is also a guest jazz drum teacher at the Kodolanyi Janos University. He is a jazz-piano teacher of the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, Budapest.

Winds

 

Zoltan Zana was born in 1976. He started studying classical music as a clarinetist then started to play the saxophone and graduated at the jazz department of Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest.

Through his career he played in several formations and with a vast number of musicians of the Hungarian jazz scene. He has worked as a music teacher for more than 10 years of his musical carreer. He is a member of the Budapest Jazz Orchestra since 1998, involved in projects with musicians like Peter Erskine, George Duke, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, and Kálmán Oláh, Attila László from Hungary to name a few.