14th Annual Latin Song Winner
13th Annual Jazz With Vocals Song Winner
13th Annual Jazz With Vocals Album Nominee
13th Annual Latin Album Nominee
12th Annual Jazz Song Vox Pop Winner
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Record Label: Pannonia Records
Home Base: Budapest, Hungary
Genre: Bossa nova
Categories Entered: Jazz Song
Work Submitted: “Vocé e Eu” (from Rozina Pátkai Quintet’s album: Vocé e Eu)
Artists Featured: Rozina Pátkai – voice, Balázs Pecze – trumpet, Mátyás Tóth – guitar, Márton Soós – double bass, Balázs Cseh – drums
Who are your influences?: Chet Baker, Carmen McRae, Rosa Passos, Astrud Gilberto, Elis Regina…
Describe your nominated work: “Vocé e Eu” is a bossa nova song written by Carlos Lyra and Vinícius de Moraes. It is a samba and we play it quite fast. If I had to describe my work, I would have to say that I usually like to stick to the lyrics of songs and the lyrics give me the inspiration of how to work with them. This song is about a funny quarrel: a boy tries to persuade his love to go out with him, but the girl always says no. We try to keep this song as light and easy as possible and we play it in such a manner.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: We play acoustically, we don’t use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: This tune is one of my quintet’s first recordings. The reason why we went to Pannonia Studio that day was to record a tune for a crossover project with a chamber orchestra. As we finished a little earlier we decided to play some more songs together and record them for the Quintet’s album. So this is how our interpretation of Vocé e Eu was born.
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: No funds raised for this project as I usually my own savings art.J I don’t think I can tell you exactly how long it will take to recoup my expenses, but I reckon the payback will be astronomical…
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: I found this song a kind one that may bring happiness to everyone.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: Success is a difficult balance between inner and outer controls. I think for me it is very important to have good feedback and also to be satisfied with the work I’ve done. But sometimes they don’t match… Anyway success for me really is when you feel that you have to stay on and follow the path you have chosen and to produce more of what you consider to be right.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: The IMA nomination is a great feedback and it is a wonderful feeling to be nominated! It helps me to go on and it is also a great thing for musicians to get an opportunity to broadcast their music and widen their forum.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: What makes my fans unique is that this is a peculiar genre especially in Europe. I think that they can see the complexity of our music and they look for elaborated works of art. I sing in English, Portugese, Spanish and Hungarian and my musicians are great and professional, and we really work a lot in the background to produce music of high standard.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Although I don’t consider it as a guilty pleasure, I like local shops and if I have some time I visit the city and look around.
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: I love Chet Baker! And also there are a lot of musicians I like and listen to. All the greatest, Carmen Mcrae, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn, but also instrumentalists like Davis, Montgomery, Lee Morgan… there is no end to this line. Of course, a lot of bossa nova artists, the great Rosa Passos, Elis Regina, Joao and Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso… Contemporary artists like Eliane Elias, Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding, Cyrille Aimee, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Bernstein, Rick Margitza, Tom Harrel…
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: Yes, there are many! But if I had to mention only a few, I would wish to have written “Aguas de Marco (Waters of March)” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, because any time we perform this song, I can see the audience smiling, and it feels so good and makes us very happy too. This is such a great thing! And I also wish I wrote “Garota de Ipanema”…I can’t get bored with it if it is played well!
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I listen to a lot of classical music and from my childhood, my favorite composer is Antonio Vivaldi. There are wonderful Hungarian composers of classical music too! Béla Bartók and Ferenc Liszt; I find their music so inspiring!
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I often discover new music and buy albums on the internet, but I also like physical CDs. For me they are as precious as books since the thoughts they provide you with may remain with you for the rest of your life.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: I deeply believe in live music and concert experiences. A live concert is an irreplaceable experience and I reckon that people need such beautiful impressions in any form of art −including music; when they can feel that life is really a wonder… J
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: When I first went to a studio to record songs it was such a surprise for me to see how complicated it really is to produce high quality music! I think people just don’t think of that, they just would like to feel that good music is effortless… well, this is exactly what I expect to hear when I listen to some good music! J
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I think that digital music has a bright future. It has gone through a kind of evolutionary transformation from the old long-playing records to cassettes and cd-s and now we store music on pen drives and other storage devices.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…something that helps us to immortalize and preserve our music, which is great.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: Our LP, Vocé e Eu will be out in a month with other wonderful bossa nova songs, I am really looking forward to it! We also plan a crossover album with Rozina Pátkai Quintet featuring RTQ Chamber Orchestra. We are including some of our own compositions too, and the arrangements are written by two great composers and jazz-guitarists, Mátyás Tóth and Márton Fenyvesi.