Together with her brother László, Niki founded the Vörös Niki Quartet in 2005, which plays continuously in Hungary and abroad. Their music consists of authentic jazz songs as well as modern, contemporary jazz standards. The band’s sound is determined by Niki’s characteristic, individual voice (“Her slightly smoky voice goes with the tradition, her improvisation is clever but modest, she sings with expression and is in complete harmony with her musicians” – Pallai Peter Gramophone) and is perfectly complemented by Laszlo’s innovative and expressive piano playing. The performance is accompanied perfectly by the rhythm section consisting of Csuhaj-Barna Tibor on double bass and the versatile, Hungary’s most popular jazz drummer Jeszenszky György.
In their debut album, released in August 2012, the Quartet does a jazzy take on the popular songs of French composer Michel Legrand.
“There are things we search for years only to find they were with us all along…” That is how I was with Michel Legrand’s songs, I felt as if I knew them all, I sang them from my heart, through them I was able to express my true self. Most important, I was able to realise my own musical world through these songs, without really disturbing theirs. It was a wonderful encounter and exciting work. (Vörös Niki )
Vörös Niki Quartet – Musicians
Vörös László – Piano
In 2007 he graduated from the Erkel Ferenc Jazz Conservatory in Budapest, specializing in jazz-piano.
Since then, he was a member of several bands and performed with a number of well known Hungarian and international talents such as: Dave Smith, Steve Watts, Gyarfas Istvan, Markus Tibor, Kollmann Gabor, Berki Tamas, Lakatos Agnes.
For two years he was part of a musical theatrical production, where he performed with Bicskey Lukacs and Petho Kincso. In 2006 he formed the Voros Niki Quartet with his sister. In the last ten years he continues to be the composer/orchestrator of the band. The group successfully participated in a number of Hungarian and international venues and festivals. He also leads his own band, the Voros Laszlo Quartet that performs his own compositions as well as adaptations and is a well known musician of the Hungarian jazz scene.
Csuhaj-Barna Tibor– Double Bass
He was born in Dunajvaros (Hungary) at the age of 8-13 he received classical piano lessons. 1979 began to play electric gitar and slowly moved to play electric bass.
From 1987 to 1990 he studied jazz double bass at the jazz department of Bela Bartok Conservatory, and from 1994 at the Jazz Departement of Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. He’s teacher was BalazsBerkes.
He was a member of many outstanding bands in the past 20 years, such as the Binder Trio, Brass Age, Regos Quartet,, etc. Besides jazz, he also played folk music for 13 years in the Vasmalom Band. He ha had successful performances at many folk festivals throughout the world. He is a double bass and bass.guitar teacher of the jazz department of Bela Bartok Music Secondary School and Aladár Tóth Music School, jazz double bass teacher of Ferenc Liszt Music Academy, Budapest. Csuhaj-Barna has performed with Mike Zwerin, John Tchicai, Nicolas Simione, Sorin Romanescu,Karoly Binder, Gyorgy Szabados, Ravi, Hamish Moore, Mihaly Dresch, Mircea Tiberian, Robin Asheroy,Maurice de Martin, Kalman Olah in order to name some.
Jeszenszky György – Drums
He was born in 1963 in Budapest. He graduated in 1987 from the Jazz department of the Bartok Béla Musical College. Since then he is the most sought after Hungarian jazz drummer.
Among others he worked with names such as Steven Bernstein, Matt Darriau, Herbie Mann, Tony Lakatos, Eldad Tamu, Peter King, Jim Mullen, Hamid Drake, Zbignievw Namislowsky and Gadó Gábor on several concerts and recordings.
An important station of his work was his cooperation with Grencsó István in several formations.
He is the drum professor of the Jazz department of the Liszt Ferenc Musical Academy.