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Guitar and Voice Competition Winners

Tuesday 14 July 2009

Guitar and Voice Competition Winners

Guitar:
1st Place : Roland Balogh (HU)
2nd Place : Akira Ishiguro (USA)
3rd Place : Rotem Sivan (IL)
4th Place : Greg Duncan (CA)
Public's Choice : Akira Ishiguro (USA)

Voice:
1st Place : Aubrey Logan (USA)
2nd Place : Stacey Carter (USA)
3rd Place : Charles Turner (USA)
4th Place : Irene Serra (IT)
Public's Choice : Aubrey Logan (USA)

Aubrey Logan
Aubrey Logan is a native of Seattle, Washington. The 21-year-old is just beginning to make her name in the jazz world. Logan was raised by two beloved music educators in a suburb of Seattle. She thanks God for her parents, other family, and close friends and cannot express her gratitude enough for supporting and loving her throughout the years. Aubrey Logan began her performing career at age 7, singing and acting in various musical theatre productions, in church, and in variety shows and competitions in the Pacific Northwest. Her passion for jazz began at age 12 when she picked up a trombone and got inspired by the Count Basie Orchestra. Since then, she has pursued studying and performing this idiom. Aubrey’s short journey has led her to a variety of avenues and opportunities of performing. She recent¬ly had the privilege of being awarded a “Golden Ticket” to Hollywood on the 8th season of the hit Fox Television program American Idol. She is currently soprano of vocal jazz quartet and horn-section, Syncopation. This vocal act, named by the Boston Globe as the “Manhatten Transfer of the 21st Century,” celebrated their 3rd album release in March 2008, and has performed in various places around New En¬gland, New York, and Japan. Syncopation was a feature artist with the Boston Pops Orchestra for this year’s 4thof July Celebration on the Charles River Esplanade. Lately, Aubrey has been putting her heart and soul into a new female jazz duo entitled Aubrey & Kata. Aubrey is finishing up her degree in jazz trombone performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She is looking forward to what opportunities lie ahead to help lead and shape her career. Aubrey Logan is delighted and honored to be a part of the Shure-Montreux Jazz Voice Competition this year.

Roland Balogh
I was born in 1984 in Budapest, Hungary. I started playing the guitar when I was six years old taught by my father and private teachers. At the age of 12 years old I passed into OSZK Hungarian Music Studio School, when I had learned for 2 years. When I was 15 years old, we won the third place of Hungarian International Jazz Festival with my twin brother, who plays piano. One year later I won the surcharge prize at Szolnok Jazz Guitar Competition. Then in 2001 I passed into Kbjnya Music Studio School, when I was taught by a famous hungarian jazz guitarist Gyula Babos. There in 2004 I taken possession of intermediate, and in 2007 I taken the Professional level guitar player diploma. I win the second place of the Hungarian Jazz Combo Competition on October 2008 with my own band, Finucci Fusion Quartet.
I try to share my own “music world” and my own musical message to people I am playing with, and of course to the audience. Some of my favourites, caused me deep impression: George Benson, Pat Metheny, Joe pass, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Keith Jarrett, Bireli Lagrene, Some bands I had played in: Finucci Fusion (Own Jazz- Fusion Band), Halmosi Fatime Band (Magyar folk in jazz and latin style), Pluto Fusion Collective (Jazz-Rock, Fusion), Mbay Project (African pop).

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