Luca is an extraordinary talent with a very special musical approach and individual style.
Luca Kézdy – SANTA DIVER
Luca Kézdy was born in Győr, northwest Hungary, where she started her classical violin studies at the age of six. Later she studied aesthetics and philpsophy at the ELTE University’s liberal arts department. She placed in the ﬁnals in the ﬁrst national Jazz Violin Competition held by the Hungarian Radio in 2006, where she won the Audience Prize. She has been playing with her band Santa Diver Trio (violin-bass-drums) since 2006, and played at the most respected festivals and jazz clubs in Hungary, at many venues around Europe, and at the Chelsea Music Festival in New York. She is in more genres like jazz, free improvisation, pop and fusion. She works with several bands and musicians, and also gives solo concerts as well. She is best known for her unique and inventions, and anything but traditional playing style. Luca is an extraordinary talent with a very special musical approach and individual style. One of the most frequented employed violin players in Hungary. As a classical music trained artist she combines her technical facilities with some other inﬂuences from jazz, european folk, blues, odd metered balkanian music and combines perfectly the sound of the acoustic violin with some added modern music effects from a multieffect pedal. She uses some loops too which are created in real time during her live performances as a kind of backing tracks.
“Kézdy has become the soloist of the band for sure, these musical structures are based on her very emotional melodies with a wild range of dynamics in them, which are sometimes separated into different chapters as part of a specific piece. The tight and significant rhythms of Zsolt Sárvári Kovács are making the others to go with them, his sound is like what can be heard recently by modern American drummers. With such a complex, but very direct without any self-assertive playing is very rare in our musical scene. Szesztay brings the grooves basically, there’s no doubt the bass is the part of the rhythm section, but in the meditative parts there are melodies wich are sometimes transformed into more complex bass themes.” (Zoltán Végső , Élet és Irodalom, 2013)
In 2016, 2017, 2018 one of Hungary’s most respected jazz magazine choosed Luca as “the violinist of the year”.
- Santa Diver is Luca’s main band where her partners are David Szesztay (bass) multiinstrumentalist-composer, songwriter and David Szegő, one of the most radical member of the young generation of the hungarian contemporary jazz drummers.
concert with Chris Potter and Santa Diver, December 8th,19 in Budapest,
Alben: Deep Diving
Label: NarRator Records
Travelparty: 3 – 4
Booking Territory: Europe
Luca Kézdy – violin, effects
David Szesztay – el.bass
David Szegő – drums
„the impressive young trio Santa Diver featuring a star in the making with astonishing violinist Luca Kézdy” (Jazzwise Magazin 2015)
There are a lot of good violinists around nowadays. The performance of the trio was testimony that Kézdy has found and established her and her trio’s very own place and profile. To make and keep it interesting and captivating an interlocking of simple pattern and elaborations has to be figured out and set into motion. It was captivating and exhilarating what she did with her trio of bass guitarist Dávid Szesztay and drummer Dávid Szegö. The trio toured neighboring countries and New York recently, joined by leading figure of free improvisation István Grencsó—a combination that would and could make a lot of sense.” (All About Jazz 2015
“Luca Kézdy is on the right track to get known by a wider range of audience becouse of her unique talent. She takes very seriously what she took upon herself, every note she plays is extremely important for her and she’s behind them 100%.” (Csaba Deseő , JazzMa, 2013)
July 17th.:Bayrisches Jazzweekend, Regensburg