A Grzegorz Karnas Trio & Lukács Miklós


Thursday 30 July 2015, 9:00 pm

Budapest Music Center (BMC) Opus Jazz Club

Budapest, IX. Mátyás u. 8.

photo: Paweł Karnowski



  • Miklós Lukács - cimbalom
  • Mariusz Praśniewski - double bass
  • Sebastian Frankiewicz - drums


 “Grzegorz Karnas (is) one of the most exciting jazz vocalists boldly fronting a band today. ... Karnas sings and speaks in an array of languages, which merge his mother tongue and English into a deconstructed jazz scat-collage Matisse would love. His extraordinary range dips into sensually warm chest tones and pure falsetto heights. Meld the rawness and emotional abandon of indie rocker Dave Matthews with the clean-lined, tradition-rooted swing of Kurt Elling and you might imagine his sound, but Karnas is actually like no other vocalist – a true original – as he rolls freely in the folds of his trio’s musical bedsheets.”

Katie Bull - The New York City Jazz Record, November 2014


“Singing in English with a thick Polish accent, Karnas employs a double echo effect that bounces each sung phrase right and left, like a delayed chorus, punched up by the rock-punk energy of the rhythm section. Karnas’ scat chops come to the fore on the sevenbeat “Sinusoid”, where his amazing solo recalls a bit of Bobby McFerrin, a bit of Milton Nascimento. “Fin d’Été”, a habanera, mixes a South American vibe with Eastern European Roma style when Lukács solos in an idiomatic minor scale with raised fourth and seventh degrees. Elsewhere, the combination of AfroCuban, swing-blues, Hungarian folksong and free-scat makes this music difficult to pigeonhole.”

Tom Greenland - The New York City Jazz Record, February 2015