“It has been a long road to a career as a jazz singer.” said Júlia Karosi on the occasion of the release of her first album. With a degree in aesthetics and philosophy, she later graduated from the Liszt Academy’s jazz singing department. She published her first album, Stroller of the Streets, in 2012, which contained exclusively her own numbers, and the uniquely vocalized material generated extremely positive reviews. At the end of the same year, Whereabouts Records released the work in Japan, in the company of a single with four tracks containing adaptations; however, Karosi’s fame went beyond the Far East and on to many other places around the world. Her second record, Hidden Roots, which bravely conducts a dialogue between Hungarian folk music and the Bartók tradition, was released by Dot Time Records in New York in 2014.
In the past years Júlia Karosi became one of Hungary’s top jazz vocalists. She performed in various jazz clubs and well-known jazz venues, touring in Europe and performing frequently in the New York jazz scene. She cooperates with the most famous Hungarian jazz musicians: Kálmán Oláh, Miklós Lukács, Mihály Borbély.
Since 2016 Júlia tours with a brand new Gershwin Project. It presents the most famous pieces of George Gershwin, as well as less known songs, featuring a string quartet. The concert evokes the real Broadway atmosphere with a modern twist.
Apart from performing jazz, she improvises to classical music with two extraordinary musicians: Ditta Rohmann and László Fassang. Júlia also performs the music of Maurice Ravel, Manuel De Falla, Béla Bartók, and Zoltán Kodály with the Musiciens Libres orchestra.
Júlia’s new musical project is a tribute piece to Béla Bartók, playing instrumental themes transcribed to vocal, from Microcosmos and the Romanian Folk Dances.
“Bartók’s music is a cradle for all of us Hungarian musicians. He is an eternal inspiration also in the way to find our roots musically.”