Thursday 22 February 2018

Sounds like teen spirit Jazz kid ain't fretting over tour

Andreas Varady, the 13-year-old jazz guitar prodigy, pictured at his home in Stenson Park, Limerick
Andreas Varady, the 13-year-old jazz guitar prodigy, pictured at his home in Stenson Park, Limerick

Barry Duggan

HE is only 13 years old, but this talented guitarist has already recorded his first CD and is about to embark on an international tour.

Andreas Varady moved with his family from Slovakia to Limerick in 2008 and since then has quickly set about establishing himself as an accomplished musician.

While the Varady family will be keeping an eye on tonight's international soccer match in their home country, it is the sweet sounds from Andreas's guitar that earn all the attention in their home in Farranshone on the north side of Limerick city.

Tomorrow, Andreas and his father Bandi return to Slovakia for the start of an international tour which also takes in Bratislava, Hungary, the Czech Republic and New York.

The young musician, who is unable to read music, plays by ear. His mother Beata explained that Andreas started playing at the age of four, under the guidance of his father.

When they moved to Limerick, he gained further experience from busking at the city's Milk Market and attending a weekly jazz workshop.

"He always listened to jazz music. Andreas had a small guitar so he started playing that with one finger. That's how it started," Beata explained.

Andreas attended the prestigious New York's Skidmore Jazz Institute during the summer and recorded his first album -- 'Questions'. He said he always "found the guitar fun".

"I think it is easier than (reading) music because it just comes from you, so it is easy," he said.

But while he continues to receive rave reviews, Andreas is keeping a level head.

When asked if he would play a concert in Thomond Park, he laughed and replied: "I am not a rock star."

Irish Independent

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