Andyvazul is an award winning harmonica player (Seydel Open 2011, Germany; NHL 2011, UK), composer, endorser of Seydel Harmonicas and currently the music programme curator at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB). He has been living and perforimg in between Italy, Germany, Hungary and the UK for more than twenty years, he played in all over Europe as well as in the United States either with bands (Original Blues Brother Band/US, Parafusions/IT, HubaVazul/HU) or as a solo-performer (andyvazul). Among many others he collaborated with Andy Newmark (credit: John Lennon, Pink Floyd, etc.) and Jean Paul Bourelly (credit: Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, etc.).

Besides he has done sound works for films, ads, theater plays and installations. Recently his focus in music is on free improvisation.

 

In 2013 he started creating recycled instruments from pieces of his broken harmonicas and other steel objects, which shifted his interest towards sound art, made him experimenting with electroacoustic music and gave a strong industrial flavor to his sound performances.

He first built Harmonix in Bucharest on a multicultural artistic project from almost hundred recycled harmonicas and some Asian bamboo steamers. It works like a shisha and calls people for interaction.

In 2015 summer he took part of an international Urban Art project in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he brought his idea to perfection. By hammering and welding metal pieces he built another instrument (Disharmonika) using more than 80 broken harmonicas and recycled metal collected from the city. This instrument is a wind-, string and percussion instrument in one, which opened up new opportunities for him to improve his experimental music production.
In 2017 he built a 700 kg steel instrument of second hand steel tubes for "Fear No More", a contemporary performance by Bodylotion co-dance, which served as a mobile element of the scene design as well as a sound generating object. Since then, the 7 meters wide and 2,5 meters high steel structure has had its own installation as Tubular bells as part of the Festival für Selbstgebautemusik at Z/KU berlin.

 

Owing to his hobby of collecting music instruments and sound-making objects, in his auditory performances he plays the flute, khaen, mey, santur, jew’s harp, accord and bass harmonicas and other authentic instruments, then he modulates their sounds through effects and creates inter-independent textures using the loop station.

 

Vazul obtained his BA degree in international marketing in 2005 in Budapest, Hungary, followed by a Master degree in music industry management in 2009 in Rome, Italy. In 2019 he started a Master degree at UdK berlin in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts.

After his studies in Italy he worked five years for Amiata Records, an independent record label. In the meanwhile he set up his Italian cultural association and accomplished multicultural artistic projects – such as Eurodynamics involving 96 arists from 6 countries, or DonauDynamics - funded by the EU.

He has been living in Berlin since 2013 where he is an active member of the improvised music scene both as an organiser and a musician. He gave birth to spi.res., the conceptual music residency series involving 28 artists (Axel Dörner, faUST, Andrea Belfi, Gaya Arutyunyan, etc.) and 8 residencies; Input Impro , the echtzeitmusik festival that creates a bridge between Berlin-based (André Vida, Tobias Delius, Ute Wassermann, Andrea Parkins, Els Vandeweyer, Hilary Jeffery, Eliad Wagner, Mazen Kerbaj, RiekoOkuda, Christian Lillinger, etc.) and Hungarian improvisers (Ákos Szelevényi, Miklós Szilveszter, Miklós Grencsó, Bálint Bolcsó, Zsolt Sőrés, Ernő Zoltán Rubik, etc.).