Rozina Pátkai (born November 1, 1978, Budapest) is a Hungarian jazz and bossa nova singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is a vocal artist who has Italian roots and has come to fore with her band playing bossa nova. They have succeeded in many Hungarian and international competitions. She launched her ’Minka’ projects in 2016, with which the all-round artist turns to fine art and to the meeting point of electronic music and poetry. Her husband is Márton Fenyvesi guitarist, composer and has two children: Kamilla and Panna.
After graduating as teacher of Hungarian and English languages in 2009 she enrolled in the jazz singing degree course of Etűd Music School and Conservatory and further on she has taught prosody there. Besides teaching she was on the go as a journalist. She started her career with classical singing. Rozina Pátkai and her band have been playing in different formations in Hungary since 2010. She has been leading her own jazz band since 2011, with which she earned several international awards and national professional credits. Rozina has been working exclusively as a freelancer performer and composer since 2012.
The quintet, which mostly plays bossa nova, is unique because of the authentic expression of Brazilian melodies, the harmony of the vocals and the trumpet, and their special-minded songs. Improvisation, modern musical elements, and the musical shaping of momentary thoughts is put into focus.
The first album of the band received attention even in the United States; first, they received the People’s Voice Award for their title track at the Independent Music Awards, and in 2014, they received the jury award. She launched her music project ’Minka’ in 2016. In ‘Minka songs’, she plants the classical and contemporary poems set to music by her into electronic musical environment. Rozina started her fine arts studies under her first mentor, the sculptor Dezső Mészáros’s inspiration, in Théba Art School in 1997. Her first exhibition was held in Budapest in 2001, she documented her trips to London in the pictures. In recent years she makes photos, drawings and artwork, presented under the name ’Minka’. ’Minka drawings’ were displayed in Budapest Jazz Club in 2016, the exhibition was opened by the writer Zsófia Bán. In 2017, her further works were displayed in Debrecen, Noszvaj, Makó and at Night of Artefacts in Art Collectors’ House. She is a student of Intermedia Art programme at Hungarian University of Fine Arts.
Hungarian Biography (magyarul)
Eszterházy Kastély, Eszterháza
Pátkai Rozina – ének
Ávéd János– szaxofonok
Ifj. Tóth István – gitár
Rohmann Ditta – cselló
Dés András – ütőhangszerek