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Ferenc Nemeth

FERENC NEMETH is an accomplished and versatile musician who continues to push the boundaries of jazz drumming and composition. Nemeth has since the early days of his career, been one of the most sought after drummers both, in his native Hungary as well as in the United States. Coming from a musical family, his unique dynamism and versatility was fostered from a very early age. An exciting performer and imaginative collaborator, Nemeth is well regarded for his work with the Lionel Loueke Trio and GilFeMa and has also travelled, performed and collaborated extensively as a bandleader, co-leader, sideman and educator as well as initiating creative projects of his own.

From his early days at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thelonius Monk Insitute of Jazz in Los Angeles, Nemeth has learned from and worked with the world’s finest jazz musicians and groups including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, the Billy Childs Trio, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, The Henry Mancini Orchestra amongst others. Relocating to New York in 2003, Nemeth’s distinctive energy and drive saw his career continuing with many of the same musicians, and also expanding to include the likes of Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Lionel Loueke, John Abercrombie, Dave Samuels, Mark Turner, Hal Crook, David Benoit, Bud Shank, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Grusin, Eddie Daniels, Eddie Henderson, Ron McClure, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg, Kenny Wheeler, Eli Degibri, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Ellis, Omer Avital and most recently Ilayaraja.

Many of his collaborations have become long-standing partnerships spanning over a decade. 2003 was also the start of Nemeth’s involvement with GilFeMa, a trio also featuring Lionel Loueke and Massimo Biolcati. The trio, who had been playing together since the Berklee days continued their creative efforts in this format with all three contributing compositions to the 2004 album, eponymously titled, GilFeMa (ObliqSound). Notwithstanding, college fraternity and friendship, Nemeth’s natural great range coupled with his dynamism, complexity and improvisation makes him a perfect partner in the Loueke-Biolcati-Nemeth cooperative. His contribution here as well as with other collaborations is evidence of his great versatility, which informs a unique musical personality. His expertise and vast knowledge beyond traditional jazz, has also seen him move effortlessly through contemporary jazz as well as pop, rock, electro-pop, hip hop and increasingly into ethnic and culturally diverse disciplines.

Beyond the extensive repertoire of performance and recording, Nemeth has also established his own label, Dreamer’s Collective Records and in 2007, released his debut album of original compositions, Night Songs to much accolade and features such luminaries as John Patitucci, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Lionel Loueke and Aaron Parks. Displaying sophistication and self-assurance, the recording has established Nemeth as a composer and arranger in his own right. A second project for the label, due for release in the spring of 2012, sees Joshua Redman, Kenny Werner, Lionel Loueke as contributors, as well as a small wind orchestra. A side project for the last couple of years, the Ferenc Nemeth Onion Project, sees Nemeth venturing into the world of rock with Hungarian musicians.

An ever-present thirst for exploration and experimentation has seen Nemeth travel widely and play with musicians from a variety of backgrounds and countries. This occupation in turn, has also resulted in Nemeth’s regular participation in workshops and teaching programs in the United States and internationally, the most recent being stints at the University of Siena and the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India.


As Leader

Ferenc Nemeth – Night Songs (Dreamer’s Collective Records) 2007
– Triumph (Coming in the Fall of 2012)
Lionel Loueke
Massimo Biolcati
Mike Moreno
Ben Street
Eli Degibri
Kenny Werner
Mark Turner
Chris Cheek
Joshua Redman
Omer Avital
Bob Sheppard
Russell Ferrante
Sam Yahel
Matt Garrison
Chris Potter
John Patitucci
Richard Bona

As Co-Leader

GilFeMa – GilFeMa (ObliqSound) 2004
– GilFeMa + 2 (ObliqSound) 2008
Javier Vercher – Wheel of Time (Fresh Sound) 2007
– Imaginary Realm (coming in 2012)

As Sideman/Guest Artist

No Surrender (elctro-pop/hip hop) – Medicine Babies (ZerOKilled) 2011
Ivan Segreto (pop-rock) - Chiaro (ObliqSound) 2011
Lionel Loueke – Virgin Forest (ObliqSound) 2007
- Karibou (Blue Note) 2008
- Mwaliko (Blue Note) 2010
Lionel Loueke Trio
Kenny Werner New Quintet
Dave Kikoski Trio
Billy Childs Trio
Jacques Szwarzbart Band
Seamus Blake Quartet
Grace Kelly
Omer Avital – Free Forever (Smalls) 2011
Daniel Szabo meets Chris Potter – Contribution (BMC) 2009
Jo Lawry – I Want To Be Happy (Fleurieu Music) 2008
Tom Beckham – Rebound (Apria Records) 2008
Elio Villafranca Quartet – The Source In Between (Ceiba Tree Music) 2008
Greg Lamy – What Are You Afraid Of? (Greg Lamy Quartet) 2006
Compilation – The ObliqSound Remixes Vol. 2 (ObliqSound) 2006
Francisco Pais Quintet – Not Afraid of Color (Fresh Sound) 2006
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee Quintet – Borrowed Time, Fresh Sound (2005)
- Previous Misconceptions ( ) 2001
Grand Pianoramax (nu-jazz) – Grand Pianoramax (ObliqSound) 2004
Kalman Olah Trio – Contrasts & Parallels (MA Recordings) 2003
Olivier Manchon Quartet – En Route… 2003
Sebastian Noelle Quartet – Freedom Trail 2002
Francesco Guaiana Trio – Nojaz (Exaudi Records) 2002
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival feat. Terence Blanchard & Dave Grusin (2001)
Martin Buergi feat. Dave Samuels – The End of a Love Affair (Altrisuoni) 2001
Pal Vasvari feat. Dave Samuels & Alex Acuna – Tales of The Princess (Partizan Records) 2001
Berklee Studio Production Projects, Berklee (2000)
Michael Cohen – Michael Cohen 2000
Ben Adams Quartet – The Figured Wheel (Tonic Productions Corp.) 2000
Janos Egri – Moods (Infoimpress) 1998
Som Lajos & Zavodi Janos – Szaz Ev Zene (Royal Records) 1997
In Line feat. Dave Samuels – Twins (Royal Records) 1996

Awards and Honors:

Jazz Group of the Year Award with the band “In Line” (1997)
Sorors Foundation artistic contest scholarship winner (1998)
Berklee European Tour Scholarship (1998)
Berklee Talent Achievement Scholarship (1999)
IAJE Special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship (2000)
Berklee – Barnes and Noble Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2000)
Berklee – Elvin Jones Award (2000)
Full Fellowship to the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA in Los Angeles (2000)
Full Scholarship to New England Conservatory in Boston (2000)
Full Fellowship to the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA in Los Angeles (2001)
Full Fellowship to the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program in Washington D.C. (2001)
Accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles (2001)
First place at the Charles (Dolo) Coker Scholarship Competition (2002)
IAJE Award for Outstanding Musicanship (2002)
IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (2006)
Gramofon Hungarian Jazz Award (2007)
Independetn Music Award Finalist (2008)
IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (2008)