Biography

Get to know Balázs Dániel!
Balázs Dániel – alias Mr. Firehand
„the most viruoso hungarian boogie woogie pianist”

Boogie Woogie is becoming more and more popular in Hungary. This rhythmical, joyful and virtuoso American musical style captivates everyone at first hearing. Balázs Dániel, the talented boogie woogie pianist from Győr, has determined to improve the popularity of this wonderful music through his live performances and CD recordings.

In addition to his successes in his motherland, The Boogie Woogie Ambassador of Hungary is also a regular performer at well-known international boogie woogie and blues festivals. Balázs brings a new colour into the world of boogie woogie with creative new ideas and his unique virtuoso style. Other numbers in the styles of Blues, Stride and New Orleans Jazz can also be heard at his concerts.

Balázs Dániel was born in 1990, Győr, Hungary. He started to play piano for his own pleasure when he was 14 years old. Two years later, he accidentally heard a recording on which a boogie woogie pianist was playing. Since then he has become obsessed by boogie woogie. He first heard live boogie woogie piano in Switzerland in 2006. Sitting in the audience, he decided that he would like to be a boogie woogie pianist.

His first solo appearance was in his hometown in 2007. This sell out concert would be followed by many performances in different cities of Hungary. In 2009, for the first time, he also showed his pianistic abilities abroad. Since then, he has played regularly in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland and England, moreover he already toured in the United States.

The next stage of his career was in 2009, when he formed his trio with two great musicians from Győr, Koch Barnabás – drums and Zink Ferenc – double bass. The group completes the traditional boogie woogie sound with new elements.

“Mr. Firehand” has released several CDs during the last few years. He was only 18, when his first CD was released with the title “Burning Fingers” (2008). You can hear mostly his own boogie woogie and blues songs on it. In 2010, he recorded his next CD with his trio, called “Boogie In 3” (2010). His latest solo album is “Boogie Cocktail” (2012). In addition to his signature boogie woogie, Balázs demonstrates his musical versatility by playing New Orleans Jazz numbers, together with plaintive blues and energetic stride tunes within his varied repertoire. In 2013, he released an album called „Flying 4 Hands” with his austrian boogie woogie colleague, you can hear great piano duos and unique solo songs on it.

    

Balázs is the organizer and host of the one and only boogie woogie festival in Hungary, The Boogiefeszt – International Boogie Woogie Festival Győr, first held in 2008.

These nights are full of humour and musical jokes, great Hungarian musicians, famous foreign guest artists, surprise guests and also professional boogie woogie dancers! During the Festival Grand Finale, the audience can enjoy the spectacle of 4, 6 or 8 handed boogies played on two grand pianos!

References

During his career, Balázs Dániel has played together with the following artists:

HUNGARIAN ARTISTS FOREIGN ARTISTS
  • Sándor Benkó – clarinet player, leader of the Benkó Dixieland Band
  • Miklós Fenyő - Mr. Rock and Roll, founder of the legendary Hungária band
  • Balázs Bolyki - singer with one of the most unique voices in Hungary
  • Bálint Gájer - swing singer
  • György Ferenczi – harp player, singer, leader of the Rackajam band
  • Tamás Ittzés – violin and piano player, singer, leader of the world famous and eMeRTon awarded BohémRagtime and Jazz Band
  • Tamás Szabó – iconic figure of the national blues scene
  • Árpád Pirovits – world champion step dancer
  • Pete York (UK) – world famous drummer, founder of the Spencer Davis Group
  • Nicolle Rochelle (USA) - world famous singer, dancer and performer, she has played in Broadway productions, for example the role of Josephine Baker
  • Mike Sanchez (UK) - concerts with Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton
  • Christian Christl (D) - concerts with B.B. King, Ray Charles
  • Silvan Zingg (CH) - concerts with Carlos Santana, Chuck Berry
  • Christoph Steinbach (A) - concerts with Mungo Jerry, Pete York
  • Axel Zwingenberger (D), Vince Weber (DE), Bob Seeley (USA), Lluís Coloma (ESP), Michael Pewny (A), Boogie Boys (PL), Richie Loidl (A), Chase Garrett (USA), Edwin Kimmler (D), Frank Muschalle (D), Daniel Ecklbauer (A), Robert Roth (A), Lasse Jensen (D) …

Significant performances

IN HUNGARY ABROAD
  • 8th Boogiefeszt - International Boogie Woogie Festival Győr - Győr, 2015
  • 11th 'Fröccs' Days in Győr - Győr, 2015
  • 23th International Gastroblues Festival - Paks, 2015
  • 6th Jazz Parade in Ózd - Ózd, 2015
  • 7th Boogiefeszt - International Boogie Woogie Festival Győr - Győr, 2014
  • Summer night boogie woogie on Széchenyi Square - Győr, 2014
  • Boogie Woogie Party – Budapest, 2014
  • 6. Boogiefeszt – International Boogie Woogie Festival Győr – Győr, 2013
  • Viátor Jazz Dinners – Pannonhalma, 2013
  • XVIII., XIX., XXI. Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival – Kecskemét - 2009, 2010, 2012
  • 5. Boogiefeszt – International Boogie Woogie Festival Győr – Győr, 2012
  • 19. Water, Music Flower Festival – Tata, 2012
  • Fourth Hungarian Boogie Woogie Night – Győr, 2011
  • Lions Ball – Győr, 2011
  • Jazz Days in Baja - Baja – 2011
  • "I'm 70 years old" - Benkó Dixieland Band concert – Budapest, 2010
  • Rómer Festival – Győr, 2010
  • Third Hungarian Boogie Woogie and Blues Night  – Győr, 2010
  • Inernational boogie woogie meeting – Budapest, 2009
  • Boogie Woogie Night – Keszthely, 2009
  • Picnic in May – Kapuvár, 2009
  • Rotary Night – Mosonmagyaróvár, 2009
  • Second Hungarian Boogie Woogie and Blues Night – Győr, 2009
  • First Hungarian Boogie Woogie and Blues Night – Győr, 2008
  • Mediawave Festival – Győr, 2008
  • Boogie Woogie and Rock And Roll Night – Szeged, 2008
  • Blues Workshop – Mosonmagyaróvár, 2008
  • Príma Award Ceremony – Győr, 2007
  • Boogie Woogie piani night, first own concert – Győr, 2007
  • Other performances in Budapest, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs, Keszthely, Sopron… etc.
  • Third Annual San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival - San Francisco, United States - 2015
  • Chase Garrett’s 6th Annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp - Iowa, United States - 2015
  • Sixteenth Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit - Newport, United States - 2015
  • 1. Münchner Pianistenfestival - München, Germany - 2015
  • 6th Cambrai Boogie Festival – Cambrai, France - 2015
  • XI. Blues & Boogie Reunion – Terrassa, Spain - 2015
  • 3rd Kammgarn Boogie Festival - Kaiserslautern, Germany - 2014
  • Blues au Chateau – La Cheze, France - 2014
  • 4th Robert Roth Boogie Festival – Telfs, Austria - 2014
  • 25th Bluesfest – Eutin, Germany - 2013
  • 9th UK Boogie Woogie Festival – Sturminster Newton, Great Britain - 2013
  • 7th Blues & Boogie Night – Brunn am Gebirge, Austria - 2013
  • 25th Hamburg Boogie Woogie Connection – Hamburg, Germany – 2013
  • Boogie on the hill – Eptingen, Switzerland - 2013
  • 2nd Kammgarn Boogie Festival - Kaiserslautern, Germany - 2013
  • Boogie Stompers Piano Show – Bécs, Austria - 2013
  • Tavaszi Művészeti Fesztivál – Brwinow, Poland - 2012
  • 8th UK Boogie Woogie Festival – Sturminster Newton, Great Britain - 2012
  • 1st Kammgarn Boogie Festival - Kaiserslautern, Germany - 2012
  • 1st Robert Roth Boogie Woogie Festival – Mieming, Austria - 2011
  • 13th La Roquebrou Boogie Woogie Festival - Laroquebrou, France - 2011
  • 9th International Boogie Woogie Festival Lugano – Lugano, Switzerland - 2010
  • 7th Steinbach’s Boogie Woogie Festival – Kitzbühel, Austria – 2010
  • 4th International Boogie & Blues Festival - Brunn am Gebirge, Austria - 2010
  • 14th Boogie Woogie Festival - Beuvron an Auge, France - 2010
  • Jazz weekend – Oestrich/Winkel, Germany - 2009
  • 6th Steinbach’s Boogie Woogie Festival – Kitzbühel, Austria – 2009
  • 9th Blues & Boogie Night - Pöttsching, Austria – 2009

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