Marton Juhasz’s career began in 2005 when he won the national first prize for solo percussion in Hungary. In 2006, he studied at Drumtech, London where he was awarded prize for top overall
student. In 2007, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music, Boston and graduated summa cum laude in 2011.
In 2010, he was the recipient of the Foundation for Hungarian Percussion Culture’s yearly award. After returning from the United States in 2012 Marton has been active in Europe and has had the opportunity to work with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Gilad Hekselman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Byron Wallen, Peter King, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos, Szymon Mika, Robert Szakcsi Lakatos, Kenji
Herbert, Olga Konkova, Matyas Gayer, Kristof Bacso, Viktor Toth, Stefan Gottfried, Daniel Szabo, Marton Fenyvesi, Nikoletta Szoke, Jozsef Barcza Horvath, Matyas Szandai, Ondrej Stveracek, Mike Gotthard, Aron Talas, Rob Luft, Gabor Bolla, Cesar Joaniquet, Janos Aved, Alan Benzie, Arpad Tzumo and Rozina Patkai. In 2014 and 2015, Marton was voted ‘Drummer of the Year’ on the
JazzMa online readers’ poll. In 2017, ‘Pannon Blue’ featuring Lionel Loueke won ‘Best Hungarian Jazz Album’ in the Gramofon Awards. In 2017 Marton became the first person to hold the drum chair of the prestigious Focusyear Ensemble directed by Wolfgang Muthspiel.
During the one year program the band received intensive coaching from some of the most respected names in contemporary jazz: Guillermo Klein, Jeff Ballard, Django Bates, Theo Bleckmann,
Avishai Cohen, Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Adrian Mears, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gwilym Simcock, Becca Stevens, Steve Swallow & Mark Turner. In 2018, the Alan Benzie Trio’s second album Little Mysteries won the ‘Best Album’ prize at the Scottish Jazz Awards. Starting in 2019, Marton will perform with Christian Muthspiel’s Orjazztra Project.
Discovery is a beautiful, daring album of originals is a testament to the evocative power of 21st century jazz. Before recording the music, the eight musicians on the record spent a year rehearsing and playing together under the tutelage of some of the most respected names in jazz – Wolfgang Mutshpiel, Guillermo Klein, Jeff Ballard, Django Bates, Theo Bleckmann, Avishai Cohen, Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Adrian Mears, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gwilym Simcock, Becca Stevens, Steve Swallow & Mark Turner – as part of the Focusyear Program in Basel, Switzerland. The songs are inspired by the artist’s search for a more personal compositional voice and an effort to make sense of the dissonance that is part of human existence.
TRACK NAMES AND TIMES:
Sea of Uncertainty 1:15
The Curve 5:48
Little Prayer 5:59
Wolves Gather Under a Winter Moon 3:17
Camels in the Sky 4:02
Strange Glow 2:57
PLAYERS AND INSTRUMENTS:
Marton Juhasz – drums, composition
Yumi Ito – vocals, text (track 8)
Sergio Wagner – trumpet, flugelhorn
Paco Andreo – valve trombone
Enrique Oliver – tenor saxophone
Szymon Mika – guitar
Olga Konkova – piano, fender rhodes
Danny Ziemann – upright bass
“Underlying the flowing freedom of the improvisations is the almost surgical accuracy in the execution, due in big part to Juhasz’s playing which responds to every rhythmic detour with ease.”
-Balint Bereczki, Jazzma.hu Concert Review of Bacso Kristof Triad feat. Gilad Hekselman
Juhasz plays a big part in this group’s ability to leave a genuinely satisfying impression. Without ever dominating the sound, he offers support, a clear sense of direction and a compact range of colours.”
-Rob Adams Review of Alan Benzie’s ‘Traveller’s Tales’
“What the CDs didn’t quite capture was the prodigious technique of drummer Juhasz. Whether working out with sticks, brushes or just hands he left the listeners awestruck.”
-Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here Review of the Alan Benzie Trio’s Newcastle Concert