On her album Without Dimensions Júlia Karosi and guitarist Ben Monder reexamine and reimagine the works of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály in a contemporary jazz setting. Half original music, half arrangements of Bartók/Kodály compositions, Without Dimensions is also an extraordinary exploration of Hungarian heritage. The two artists performed together in 2019 at a major concert at Budapest at the Palace of Arts, and recorded the album the following day. “I was very happy for the opportunity to take part in interpreting some of his music. Júlia’s voice is exquisite, her band played brilliantly, and I found the arrangements to be inventive and inspiring.”
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“…their haunting interpretations of works from Bela Bartok (arranged by Karosi) and linked original pieces are rather beautiful. Karosi’s high-flying vocalese lines go well with Monder’s supersonic soloing.” ✩✩✩✩
GEORGE W. HARRIS
Vocalist Julia Karosi creates some other exotic sounds that range from Old World to Other World on this collection of songs that feature guitarist Ben Monder in a wide kaleidoscope of colors and sounds with Aron Talas/p, Adam Bogothy/b and Bendeguz Varga/dr.
“Without Dimensions is a solid musical expression of instrumental and vocal acrobatics. The music is atmospheric, emotional and pushes the possibilities of jazz’s third stream sonics even further with the creative options offered in a small ensemble setting. That’s the short of it!”
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“This music is an atmospheric collection of folk-infused melodies that alternate between the dreamy and the driving and are given soul and emotion through Julia Karosi’s vocal acrobatics. It is a striking piece of work.”