ZILINA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ CONTEST
Competition is opened for young bands from all countries. All attending musicians have to be under the age of 30 at the year of the competition. Semifinalists will be chosen by jury on the basis of sent recordings and invited to perform in final round. Competitors will perform in front of the jury with program in the length of 50 minutes. The professional jury will choose the winner of the year. The decision of the jury will be final and unappealable and the jury may adopt whatever decisions they consider fit. The winners get also the opportunity to appear on the Bratislava Jazz Days in Zilina in October 2018.
Application to join ZILINA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ CONTEST should be sent up to 15th of Jun 2018.
A Selection Committee will choose four groups from among all the valid applicants. These groups will perform on final round on 25th and 26th of September 2018.
To choose the right winner out of the entries from all over the world, there is a jury for the qualifications and one for the final.
Danny Grisset (USA) – piano
Pianist/composer Danny Grissett has been one of the most sought-after musicians on the New York and international jazz scenes for the last 15 years. He began playing the piano at age five, formally studying classically when he turned six. Danny continued his classical training through high school and college, earning his B.A. in Music Education in 1998 from Cal State Dominguez Hills, while developing a love for jazz along the way. He went on to explore his love for jazz in graduate school, earning his M.F.A. in Jazz Performance from Cal Arts in 2000, and completing studies at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute in 2001. There he studied with jazz masters such as Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath and Carl Allen. After spending a few additional years in Los Angeles sharpening his skills with the help of Billy Higgins, John Heard, and Roy McCurdy, Danny made a move to NY. Upon arrival in New York in 2003, Danny quickly became a sideman of choice for artists such as Vincent Herring, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, and Vanessa Rubin.
Lukáš Oravec (SK) – trumpet
Born in Žilina. After finishing his study at Conservatory in Zilina he was accepted to Royal Academy of Music Aarhus (DK) majoring in classical trumpet under Christian Steenstrup and Martin Schuster. At the same time he was studied jazz trumpet under Jakob Buchanan. Lukas continued his studies at Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně (CZ) under prof.Jan Broda in classical music and under prof. Jan Pribil in jazz interpretation. Later he went to study in Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego Katowice (PL). Lukas worked with big bands, such as RAMA Big Band – Denmark under the leadership of Jens Christian Jensena, Geir Lysne or Ian McDougall. He played in Zilina Conservatory Big Band and now he is member of orchestra Gustav Brom Big Band and Band of Milo Suchomel. He often works with members of jazz scene, such as Bob Mintzer, Danny Grisset, Vincent Herring, Rick Margitza, Qayne Escoffery, Pavel Wlosok, Radovan Tariška, Pete Turner, Jamil Sheriff, Dávid Hodek.
Marián Ševčík (SK) – drums
Marian Sevcik is one of the most influential Slovakian drummers of his generation. His performing and recording credentials feature participation in premier European Jazz ensembles, both small group and big band. Marian studied percussion at the Zilina Conservatory of Music and Bratislava Conservatory of Music respectively (both Slovakia) before continuing his professional career. Marian performed at jazz festivals in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, France, Holland, Spain and USA. Marian cooperated with great musicians over the years including Joel Frahm, Boris Kozlov, Igor Butman, Benito Gonzalez, Joel Frahm, Deborah Davis, George Mraz, Alex Sipiagin, Mary Stallings, Essiet Okon Essiet, Donny McCaslin. In 2013 he participated in the recording of their new cd pianist Pavel Wlosok along with bassist Mike holestein and tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin in USA.
Tomáš Baroš (CZ) – doublebass
Tomáš Baroš was born on in Teplice, Czech Republic. He grew up in a musician family as a child of well-known trumpet player Július Baroš. He was Tomaš´s first teacher and big inspiration in his life and music. Tomáš gained his knowledge as a student of classical double bass at the Prague College of Music, in Květoslav Borovička´s class. At the age of 14 he started to play with finest Czech and Slovak jazz musicians. From his early age he becomes a respected member of Prague jazz scene. Nowadays, Tomas belongs to the most prefered contrabass players on the Czech and Slovak music scene. Tomáš Baroš was born on 31 august 1985 in Teplice, Czech Republic. He grew up in a musician family as a child of well-known trumpet player Július Baroš. He was Tomaš´s first teacher and big inspiration in his life and music.Tomáš gained his knowledge as a student of classical double bass at the Prague College of Music, in Květoslav Borovička´s class. At the age of 14 he started to play with finest Czech and Slovak jazz musicians. From his early age he becomes a respected member of Prague jazz scene. Nowadays, Tomas belongs to the most prefered contrabass players on the Czech and Slovak music scene.