E.K.Avenue has been performing since 2009, featuring jazz singer/songwriter Erika Kertész alongside other well-known Hungarian musicians.
The band’s music consists of Erika’s own compositions (including the English lyrics). Péter Szendőfi and Róbert Rátonyi, who have arranged most of them, expertly bring out the songs’ funky blend of jazz and soul mixed with elements of electronic music.
They have played numerous concerts in Hungary and throughout Europe, including in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Germany and the Netherlands. Highlights of their musical journey include performances in the Vienna Jazz Festival, the Liburnia Jazz Festival, and the Gronau Jazz Festival.
In 2012 they toured the Czech Republic and Slovakia, playing 14 concerts in a row. In Hungary, they perform frequently in the main jazz clubs and festivals, and have played in many cities and towns outside of Budapest.
Their first CD, Little Girl, was released by a major record company, Warner Hungary/mTon. It came out in 2010 and featured three guest musicians: István Elek (saxophone), Ferenc Schreck (trombone) and Ferenc Magyar (trumpet).
In September of 2015, they recorded their second CD, called Moonbike, in the TomTom Recording Studios in Budapest. The album was also released by mTon, and is available since February of 2016. This time, the guest musicians are New York based saxophone player John Gunther, and József Czibere on percussion.
The members of the band are:
Róbert Rátonyi – piano
Péter Szendőfi – drums
György Frey/Gergő Kolta – bass guitar
Oneword was founded by Erika Kertész, Zsolt (Ritmo) Németh and Norbert Vasovski (DJ Vasovski) in 2014. Later on Balázs Harót joined in adding a special color to the already unique band. They are blending the elements of styles like nudisco and pop, they use modern electronic arrangements with funky and jazzy feels.
In 2018 they won the song competition of the Hungarian Jazzy Radio, where they also got the audience award with their song Hazakísérlek.
Erika Kertész & David Reschofsky
In this experimental jazz vocal-guitar duo Erika’s musical partner is her husband, jazz guitarist David Reschofsky.
This duo was founded in 2012 when Erika and David met in the jazz conservatory in Hungary. Since 2013 they have been based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
They mainly play original compositions. Both of them compose music, and Erika writes the English lyrics. But this is not an ordinary guitar-vocal duo. Their style is experimental, incorporating effects and loopers. One of their major characteristics is vocal and instrumental polyphony evolving live on stage. They use unconventional musical elements to create their music, such as the raspy sounds of a candy wrapper or the noise of water bubbling.
In September of 2013, they toured the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, playing 17 concerts in all. They perform regularly in The Netherlands and Hungary.
Their first album was released in July of 2015. The CD, recorded in Amsterdam, contains 8 original songs with English lyrics, They’re hard to classify just into one musical genre. Virtuoso instrumental solos, catchy vocal lines, and extraordinary musical ideas make the album colorful and special.
Albums: Young Soul, Old Soul (2015)