Born: February 18, 1941 Primary Instrument: Clarinet
Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Glazunow: Concerto for Altosax). He is thus brilliant at interweaving bop nuances, folk music, contemporary classical and the avant-garde, to create an unique sound in wich he rings the changes, either swinging free and easy or improvising in shimmering tone colours. Joachim-Ernst Berendt writes in his THE GREAT JAZZ BOOK : Dudas is a stylist highly regarded in Europe for the tenderness and lightness of his free-tonal playing. ...and he can also plays the good old american blues. CKCU-FM / Ottawa
APPOINTMENTS: 1963-1973 freelanc Musician, 1973-2003 Teacher/School of Music in Neuss/Germany, 1975-1985 Lecturer / Pedagogical Academy Rheinland/GER, 1996-2006 Artistic Director for Concert Series in Neuss/GER.
CREATIVE WORKS: over 50 Singles/LPs/CDs Numerous Radio- and TV- Productions (ORF/Vienna, Bavarian Radio/Munich, West German Radio & Television/Cologne, SWR/Baden-Baden, Radio Sofia/Bulgarian, Hungarian Radio/Budapest...) Concerts/Festivals (The North Sea Festival/Holland, Kato Days/Berlin, East-West Jazzfestival Nuremberg...) Pop-, Jazz-, Classical-, and Experimental Music Collaborations (Leverkusen, Munster, Viersen, Toulouse...) Some great musicians have worked with Lu (only a small selections) : Karl Berger, Gerd Dudek, Philipp van Endert, Tom van der Geld, Howard Johnson, Theo Joergensmann, Leonard Jones, Albert Mangelsdorff, Vitold Rek, Tommy Vig, Attila Zoller... His career has encompassed works for clarinet and woodwind chamber music. He has also written a Clarinet Method in 2 volumes.
Influences : The Three Big B's, Bach / Bartok / Blues Record Labels : JazzSick, Konnex, Double Moon/Challenge, Pannon Jazz/Classic, Edition Musikat
Lajos Dudas lives in Überlingen/Lake of Constance, South-Germany.
Awards:HONOURS: 1st Prize 11th. International Competition of Jazz Themes Monaco 1982 for his composition "URBAN BLUES". Nominated for Top People Poll/International Jazz Forum 1983/84/85/86.
He is sensitiv, inventiv and can really Swing CADENCE / New York
His earthiness, his sharp-edged originality, the warm sound and the heart-felt blues - in short, the magnificent fusion of feeling and technique: all contribute to his pre-eminence in the field JAZZ PODIUM / Germany
Dudas is among the best contemporary jazz clarinetists JAZZ, THE MAGAZINE / London
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