Czech Cultural Centre
Tirex Petrol Company
Efes Vitanta Brewery
Ethno-jazz group TRIGON
Recognized by authoritative musical critics as "one of the premiere vocal groups in the world", the Ukrainian sextet ManSound is constantly compared with the American group "Take 6 ".But the journalists emphasize that "ManSound" differs from its colleagues not only by its Slavic roots, but also by an extraordinary emotional presentation of original compositions. Created by the composer and arranger Vladimir Mikhnovetsky, this remarkable sextet started its creative biography in 1994, and the first concert tour in United States in 1996 brought to the group a wide popularity and a first international success. Their harmonious sound, emotional interpretation, rich vocal and amazing skills brought them the recognition of audiences and music critics all over the world. The participation of the group in International contests brought them important awards - first prize at the Moscow competition "Jazz Voices ", first prize at the contest " Ward Swingle Award" at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in America, first prize at the a cappella contest " Vokal Total" in Austria and the nomination for "Best vocal group 2001" at Branson's All American Entertainment Awards in Missouri. In the last ten years, ManSound has toured Europe and USA, expanding the circle of their admirers and demonstrating the high level of the Ukrainian vocal culture.
Wellknown on the musical world scene of Europe and America, the Czech superstar Jiri Stvin, creating music for the theatre, television, and films, is a masterly improviser and composer, alchemist on the borderline between composition and immersion in sound, between collage and fixed form. Stivin is indeed a remarkable alchemist in his music, creating his own magic world of music with universal character. He made his name in world jazz as a member of the Jazz Q group and Karel Velebny`s SHQ jazz band. In 1969 he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in that and the following year won awards at the San Sebastian jazz festival. On his return to Czechoslovakia from London he formed his own trio and started the intense concert activity as a soloist, or with groups of leading jazz personalities. He has lead many recording projects, embracing both jazz and classical music. At present he performs as a jazz soloist throughout Europe and in the United States, with various international ensembles and with his own jazz quartet (Jiri Stivin & Co. Jazz Quartet)
Vapirov, Kuznetsov duo
Anatoly Vapirov, saxophonist and composer, has a place of honor on the world jazz scene as a famous jazz musician and the artistic director of the biggest jazz festival in Bulgaria. Graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory in the late 60s, now he is one of the leading musicians and composers of modern jazz, having a rich concert activity and being present at the largest jazz festivals of Europe and America. He has composed chamber pieces and music for ballets and drama plays, for films and TV programs. Many of his compositions have been released on LPs and CDs. Vapirov is the author of more than 50 CDs released in Russia, Bulgaria, Austria, England, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland. Yurii Kuznetsov one of the best Ukrainian jazz musicians, composer, pianist and master of spontaneous improvisation, the director of "Club of high music", director of festivalului Jazz carnaval din Odessa After graduating the Stolearsky school and Conservatory in Odessa, collaborated with jazz star musicians and composers like Vladimir Cekasin, Vitas Labutis, Vladimir Tarasov, Igor Bril, Rlexei Kozlov, Igor Butman, Drorom Failer (Sweden), V. Miller (Great Britain), Diter Glavishnig (Germany), And Shviber (Austria), Daniel Breal (France), Tim Srong (USA) Since 1995 his name is plased in the "Jazz encyclopedia " edited in USA. He performed in international festivals in Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Russia, Great Britain , composed music for the films: "A smell of autumn", "Taxi - blues", "Impression", "Summertime", "Mezerlro".
Rudi Neuwirth is the Prizewinner of the "Berlin Jazz Award 2002". For more then ten years he leads the jazz sessions in the worldwide famous Berlin Jazz club "Quasimodo" performing solo and with orchestra. He is the author of soundtracks for cinema & TV movies, for theater performances & comedy shows. He is also famous for his solo program called "Vocal beat" where he, using his vocal, obtains the performance to imitate the sound of a whole orchestra. The voice of Rudi is an instrument and he is creating on stage real pieces of music. You can hear and see him imitating the sound of a jazz orchestra a la Miles Davis, of a Bavarian brass band, of a Salsa orchestra, of a traditional Rumba Orchestra. Using his voice, he is able to create the image of an African market, or to represent the Berlin Jazz festival in 1969, or musicians playing in the Reggae Park, or he takes the audience to a travel through India and Cuba.
Sergio Gruz trio
FRANCE, ARGENTINA, VENEZUELA
Gruz, pianist and composer, was born in Argentina where he studied jazz and classic
piano at the University of Buenos-Aires. In 1993 - 1995 he was teaching composition
and jazz piano at Salle Pleyel and Musiques Tangentes in Paris. Sergio took part
in the festivals in Santo-Domingo, Monreal, Leverkusener in Germany, "Belga
jazz" in Belgium, "Tango Festival" in Montevideo and played in
the most famous jazz clubs of Paris - Le Petit journal de Montparnasse, Sunset,
Chabada, Les Trinitaires, Le Baiser Salle. His discography consists of 7 albums,
recorded with various groups.
music of Kampec Dolores is an unique synthesis of original melodies, lyrics, and
subtly broken rhythms. Their music combines the Hungarian folklore with modern
jazz and contemporary improvisational music. Created by Csaba Hajnoczy and Gabi
Kenderesi in 1984, the group has won the popularity as the first group of alternative
jazz-rock-folk in 1986, after their concert tour in 12 countries of Western Europe.
Their American debut took place at the prestigious "Victoriaville" Festival
in Canada in 1999.
Eduardo Niebla guitar duo
duo is playing the actually powerful, sensual, the intensely emotional music,
which is inherent to flamenco, that swings between ecstasy and desperate yearning.
Moscow Art Trio
1991, this group of three excellent musicians is opening new boundaries in modern
improvised music. The aesthetic concept of the world-glorified Moscow Art Trio
is based on the imaginative music, combining intelligence, humor and technical
brilliance. These three exceptional musicians developed their own modern original
style, fusing new musical forms, free spontaneous improvisation and ancient models
of folk music of different origins. Since 1993 professor of piano and composition
at the Music Academy in Oslo, Mikhail Alperin can be named the founder of the
ethno-jazz style. His contribution to contemporary music is not only the unbiased
integration of the most various musical traditions and the crossing of stylistic
boundaries - he also fuses, freely and easily, music of the past with modern elements.
Mikhail Alperin started his rich creative way in Moldova in 1980, when he, with
Simon Shirman, created the first jazz group Quarta. The music of this group became
the first successful professional experience of jazz and folk linking. Besides
numerous albums recorded with Moscow Art Trio, Michail Alperin recorded solo CDs
and CDs with music of Paul Hindemith and other composers of Classical Modernism,
produced by the ECM Company.
UniVox jazz vocal group was formed in 1999 by the students and teachers of the
"G. Muzicescu" Academy of Music in Chisinau. The repertoire of the UniVox
group includes the finest music in different styles and genres, but the group
visibly prefers jazz music playing a cappella. Promoting local contemporary music,
their repertoire also includes music of Moldovan authors - Igor Iachimciuc, Marian
Starcea, Dumitru Belinschi. The singers of UniVox participated at the master classes
of such well known jazz singers and musicians as Anca Pargel, Mihail Alperin,
Ivan Paduard. The group took part in national and international contests and festivals:
"Martsisor" Chisinau (2000), "Jazz Weekend" Chisinau (1999-2000),
"Intact" Cluj-Napoca (Romania), "FIMU" Belfort (France) -
(2000-2001), "New Impro Music" festival - 2002. In april 2004, the group
won the III prize at the international festival "DODJ" 2004 in Donetsk