One of Europe’s Renowned Big Bands Plays Live in Sofia

Modern Art Orchestra is one of Europe’s renowned big bands residing in Budapest, Hungary. Since it’s forming in 2005, the brass ensemble has been a melting pot for the artistry of highly qualified young musicians in Hungary’s classical music and jazz scene. Founder and director of the band, Hungary’s leading trumpeter Kornél Fekete-Kovács established the first line of musicians with the dream of operating a contemporary big band which would focus on playing compositions by some of the best contemporary creative musicians of the country. Through its first years of activity, Modern Art Orchestra received masterpieces from world-renowned composers. Since the first chapter of its story, MAO has gained the status of an internationally renowned chamber orchestra that is engaged in many genres of music including jazz, pop, classical or contemporary ensemble. It has had countless successful projects together with the world’s leading jazz musicians, including America’s symbols of jazz artistry. We have collaborated with saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Dave Liebman, trumpeter Wallace Roney, organ player Rhoda Scott, singers Julian Joseph, Kurt Elling, New York Voices or Harlem Gospel Choir and pianist Mike Garson – just to name a few. In 2014 the band had a great possibility, when the orchestra accepted the invitation by Maestro Ennio Morricone: we played his Lifetime Achievement Tour under his leading in Europe’s biggest concert halls. In 2015 and 2016 MAO played – besides bit cities in Europe – in New York and Washington, and also had a concert in Tel Aviv.