JazzyBIT is a trio consisting of Teodor Pop (piano, keys), Mihai Moldoveanu (bass) and Szabó Csongor-Zsolt (drums). Active since 2012, JazzyBIT offers an energetic combination of jazz and rock, scattered here and there with blues, latin and funk. The group describes its style as being “loud jazz”. It sounds like Hiromi would play with Snarky Puppy, but in a trio. All About Jazz compares JazzyBIT with the Esbjörn Svensson Trio: “JazzyBIT channeled the successful Esbjörn Svensson Trio combo by bringing a bit of rock attitude to catchy tunes adorned with a melodic lilt. What also caught the ear was their combination of funky rhythms, tight musicianship and witty arrangements.”. The band released the debut album “Touch the Sky” in 2014, followed by the album “Horizon” in 2016.
After winning the 2013 Newcomer Award by the Muzza Foundation Bucharest, JazzyBIT got to be finalists in the European Jazz Award competition of the Tuscia in Jazz festival in 2014. Moreover, they won the Timișoara Jazz Award for the Group of the Year in 2016, and in 2017 all members of the group received the Banat Jazz Award for the Musicians of the Year, the latter two awarded on behalf of the Jazz Banat Cultural Foundation.
The band has a flourishing live activity, counting almost 200 concerts in its first 6 years of existence. Until now, JazzyBIT has played in 9 countries, on 2 continents, participating in some of the world’s biggest jazz festivals (Jarasum International Jazz Festival in South Korea, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival in Lithuania or Belgrade Jazz Festival in Serbia). In addition, they have played in some of the most famous jazz clubs in Europe (Reduta Jazz Club in Prague, Sunset Sunside in Paris, or Budapest Jazz Club). Besides the jazz circuit, the band also played at some multi-genre festivals, such as the Sziget Festival in Hungary, the Exit Festival in Serbia or the Untold Festival in Romania, but also in some well-known clubs from the European circuit, like the A38 in Budapest or the Control in Bucharest.
Teodor Pop fell in love with the piano at the early age of 4 and studied classical music until 14, when he joined the jazz classes of the Francisc Hubic Popular Art School from Oradea. In 2001, he was awarded a Certificate in Jazz, with a perfect final exam. One year later, he moved to Timișoara, where he continues to play jazz and blues in several projects. In 2004, he won the Best Pianist Award at the Iuliu Merca memorial competition in Cluj Napoca. Teodor is a Nord Keyboards artist.
Mihai Moldoveanu started playing bass in high school and is self-taught. With a background in rock music and having learned jazz by doing, Mihai is interested in many styles of music and art. Besides JazzyBIT, Mihai also plays with Amalia Gaiță and Sunset in the 12th House, while being the initiator of the improvised music event Paperjam. Mihai has a very diverse musical background, approaching almost every genre, from electronic music to black metal. For more information about Mihai, please visit mihaimoldoveanu.ro
Szabó Csongor-Zsolt graduated the Sigismund Toduţă High School of Music in Cluj-Napoca and the Percussion department of the Music University from the West University in Timişoara. He has been a drum teacher since he was 16 and has played over 600 concerts. In 2010, he was awarded the Prize for the Best instrumentalist at the MAMF competition in Köröstarcsa, Hungary. Csongor is an Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals artist.