Koszorus Krisztina & Szász Csaba Duo
Koszorus Krisztina, also known as Koszika, is a Transylvanian-Romanian born and based hungarian ethnic singer-songwriter. She has a BA in Classical Violin Interpretation, but she feels most at home in jazz with folclore influences. Her culturally colorful background certainly adds a twist to her approach to any kinds of music, but she tries to remain true, humble and respectful to what she considers to be values. The love for ethnic sounds kept driving her to push her musical bounderies and made her reuse the inherited knowledge on hungarian, romanian and gypsy cultures in her musical projects, mixing and combining hungarian traditional songs with bossa nova, swing, reggae or even drum and bass.
She is a triple awarded jazz vocalist, winning Best Singer Award at Targu Mures International Youth Jazz Festival in 2015, Best Vocalist at Sibiu International Jazz Competition in 2016, Best Vocal Soloist at Johnny Raducanu International Jazz Festival, Braila, 2016, all of these together with fellow musician and the other member of their duo, Szász Csaba.
At the moment she is an active member of the romanian jazz and funk communities, also collaborating with other projects, such as TANGO!, a tango-based experience, and launching KOSZ!KA, her solo pop/neosoul project.
Together with fellow musician, guitarist Szász Csaba, they have founded funk-band Koszika & The HotShots in 2011, which is now known and successful in Romania, having played all the mainstream festivals in Romania and having toured in France, Italy, Austria and Hungary.
Szász Csaba, a self-taught musician started playing the guitar in 2006 after hearing his first jazz records. He remained mesmerised by the phrasing and sound of the old and modern jazz classics and kept aspiring to that level of musical knowledge.
In the present he is active in the romanian jazz, funk and rock scene with several projects he takes part of, such as their duo with singer Koszorus Krisztina, their band Koszika and the HotShots, indie-rock band Moonfellas and several other projects. His versatile guitar playing allows him to accompany soloists in a very varied way, bringing on the surface the bass line, the perky rhythmic components the harmonies of a song, as well as improvise in many different styles.
Their duo with singer Koszorus Krisztina won the award Confirmation of the Year in 2017 at Jazz Gala Muzza in Bucharest for their 2016 activities, and the award Most valuable composition at International Competition Jazz in the Park, Cluj Napoca 2017.