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HerMeS Musical Lecture with Mihály Borbély - online

HerMes Musical Lecture with Mihály Borbély
Monday, July 20, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IMPROVISATION, THE COMPELLING FREEDOM - Musical Lecture with Mihály Borbély- online lecture and concert

🎵 “Every healthy child would improvise, if they would let them to do so…” – says Kodály and I add: let’s listen more to our eternal inner child that lives within us!" 🎵

DATE AND TIME: 5.30 pm (CET), July 20, 2020

Lecturer and performer: Mihály Borbély - In English

It is part of the HerMeS public lecture series organized jointly by the Cultural Heritage Studies Program and the Center for Arts and Culture at CEU during the Music as Heritage - Online Summer Course.

Multireedist Mihály Borbély got his degrees in classical clarinet and jazz saxophone in Hungary and became a real versatile musician working in different musical styles from folk and world music to jazz and contemporary music. In addition to his original instruments he also plays folk instruments. Teaching is a very important element of his musical philosophy and he is an associate professor at the Jazz Department of Ferenc Liszt Academy of music in Budapest. He also gave workshops at the Birmingham Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music in London,etc .

"It is a great joy for me that naturalness receives a greater role in all areas of artistic education. The thought that emotionally experienced knowledge, accomplished and secured by improvisation is not only the peculiarity of trends based on improvisation any more, but it can also be the key to success for performative arts that are more inflexible in nature, is vitalizing. Yet, it is strange that many musicians still feel vulnerable if they have to present musical thoughts that had not been set previously, even though we should be the happiest instead in such cases, since we can act in such freedom as in any other areas of our lives: for instance, when we go on a stroll, do sports, chat, or think; when we make decisions based on our acquired knowledge and experiences, and act “improviso” (without prior preparation) and “improvisius” (in a not foreseeable manner).

For me, improvisation is a way of life. I cannot say that I planned so already in my childhood, it simply happened to be and for various decades now, I am trying to share also with others the experience that runs through my veins while improvising."


Hermes is the god of travelers, and a symbolic figure of transition in classical mythology. Accordingly, the main idea behind the HerMeS public lecture series, organized jointly by the Cultural Heritage Studies Program and the Center for Arts and Culture at CEU, is to nurture and renewal of cultural heritage. The series offers its audience a combination of talks and concerts, allowing them to travel along the borderlands of the performing arts and academic lectures.