|Andreas Varady quartet||Nominated as BAND|
Andreas Varady Quartet •ð• Tokai Guitars recently built Andreas a limited edition ‘Andreas Varady’ signature model, which will be available to the public soon. Andreas is also a D’Addario endorsee, and plays their ‘Chromes’ strings.
Ξ “This wunderkind Andreas Varady plays much more in the vein of Wes or George Benson and, on top of that, is highly musical and responsive.” — Jazzwise
•ð• Protégé of Quincy Jones and David Foster, Andreas Varady is only 18 years old and has already made a name for himself in the world jazz circuit. Impressing critics and fans alike with his virtuosic musical skill, he has played some of the world’s top jazz festivals, including Bray Jazz Festival, Festival Django Reinhardt, Sligo Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, to name only a few.
•ð• Andreas Varady first picked up a guitar at four years old and began learning songs by ear. Since then he’s been unstoppable — from being the youngest headline performer (only 13 years old) at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, UK, to releasing his first solo album Questions in 2010. A true musical wunderkind he has often been compared to the great George Benson, a personal hero of his.
•ð• Andreas Varady quartet is a real family affair. His dad, Bandi Varady is playing the bass and his younger brother Adrian is an outstanding, beyond his years, drummer. The quartet includes top Slovakian saxophone player Radovan Tariska.
•ð• This exceptional concert presentation on April 29, 2016 at Flato Markham Theatre was the perfect way to close the Theatre’s outstanding 30th season. © ••ð•• Andreas Varady Questions is a delight... fun, accessible, unpretentious and positive. The quartet of musicians is outstanding. Lyttle and Varady are already Personnel:
»• Andreas Varady — Guitar
»• Ondrej “Bandi” Varady — Bass
»• Adrian Varady — Drums
»• Radovan Tariska — Sax
Ξ “This diminutive Gypsy guitarist cops Miles and Coltrane tunes by ear, solos like an old soul, and shares the stage with celebs…super~swinging and soulful…imaginative single~note and chord melodies punctuated with free~wheeling angular runs.” — Guitar Player Magazine
Ξ “Much more than a technical boy wonder, he displays considerable creativity and a deep understanding of the music...phenomenal.” — The Indepedent
Ξ “Questions is a delight: fun, accessible, unpretentious and positive. The quartet of musicians is outstanding. [David] Lyttle and Varady are already accomplished players and represent an emerging Irish jazz scene of tremendous potential.” — All About Jazz
Ξ “Varady, who looks much like any other early teenage boy in jeans and Converse trainers, shoots off on a solo of astonishing virtuosity and speed with the casual, distracted air that other boys of his age have when they’re idling away afternoons on an Xbox.” — The Times
Ξ “It’s not just his ability to move around the fretboard that’s thrilling; it’s his feeling for the music, his harmonic awareness and all~round musicality.” — The Herald
Ξ Inspired by Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, thirteen~year~old Slovakian gypsy Andreas Varady has been playing the guitar since he was four years old...
Ξ Taught by his father, Bandi, he gained his first experiences as a musician from busking on the streets of Limerick and Cork, Ireland. He also attended jazz workshops in Limerick and Sligo, and later travelled to New York to study at Skidmore Jazz Institute, under scholarship from the combined Art Councils of Ireland. In 2009, at the age of twelve, Andreas reached a national audience on RTE’s ‘The Guitar’ competition. Ξ Around the same time he wrote to Irish drumming star David Lyttle, introducing himself as a twelve~year~old jazz guitarist. Lyttle quickly began featuring him in his group, often alongside international players such as Andreas Oberg, Torsten Goods, Soweto Kinch, Terell Stafford and Michael Janisch. Andreas has also guested with guitar icons Louis Stewart and Tommy Emmanuel, toured duo with Martin Taylor, and made numerous appearances on BBC and RTE television and radio.
Ξ On Andreas’ debut album, ‘Questions’, he co~leads with David Lyttle, and also features US bass star Michael Janisch and Bandi on rhythm guitar. Released on LYTE Records, and launched at the Cork Jazz Festival in October 2010, the CD includes two of Andreas’ originals, a solo version of ‘The Shadow of Your Smile’ and Django Reinhardt’s ‘Festival 48’. Celebrating the release of ‘Questions’ and an exciting upcoming year of festival appearances in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and the South Pacific, Andreas and his band recently appeared on RTE television’s ‘The Late Late Show’, playing his composition ‘A Day in New York’. On March 21st, he became the youngest musician to headline at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s, receiving two standing ovations and four~star reviews from The Times and Evening Standard. ‘Questions’ was selected by Guitarist Magazine as an album of the week, and Andreas’ first cover feature, for Guitar Player Magazine, was distributed worldwide in April.
|Andreas Varady quartet||Nominated as BAND|
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