„A great talent with a great future ahead.” – says leading Dutch jazz drummer and mentor Eric Ineke about Attila Gyárfás (1990), whose playing style and sound could be described by the words rolling, warm, mellow, light and intensive. He is always seeking for new ways to express himself, and steps over the boundaries that being ’just a drummer’ sets, by playing ’melodies’ and by trying to express ’colours’ on the drum kit.
While studying in the Hague at the jazz department of the Royal Conservatoire since 2009, Attila has gained a strong basis in the jazz tradition. He was heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky, just to name a few.
Attila Gyárfás follows in the musical footsteps of his father, Hungarian jazz guitarist István Gyárfás, and his grandfather, Iván Zágon, one of the first Hungarian musicians who started playing jazz on a professional level in the 1940’s.
Attila has shared the stage with jazz-greats, like Philip Harper (Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), Frans Elsen, Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Jos Machtel, Juraj Stanik, Simon Rigter, etc. He has performed with some of the best jazz musicians of his country, like Tzumo Árpád Oláh, István Regős, Gábor Winand, Balázs Berkes, Csaba Tűzkő, Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos, and many others.
Currently, he is leading the Attila Gyárfás Trio, playing his own compositions, and he is a member of numerous groups, like the Alban Claret Trio, Pal Nyberg Quintet, Furmi Gomez Sextet, Kenny Talkowsky Quartet, Alex Koo Derudder Quintet, Jaejin Ahn Trio.
He recorded CDs with the Sangyeon Park Quartet, the Jaejin Ahn Trio, and the Alban Claret Trio, which received a comment from the great Dave Liebman: „A very promising debut recording from this young guitarist and his group[...]”