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The pianist Gabriel Joná (1948) is a top Slovak jazz musician, his work represents a guaranteed quality. Former graduate >from the Bratislava Conservatory (accordion and guitar) he was accepted for a study at the jazz school in Graz (Austria) in 1969, later he acquired a scholarship of the Berklee School of Music in Boston - but, due to various reasons he did not start any of the studies. The best school for him proved to be the New York clubs, where he spent much time during his beginings. His public debut was in 1975 at the jazz festival in Kromeriz; the next year he was heard with Jiří Stivín, one of the most prominent European musicians. His partners in keyboard conclave were top Pianists Emil Viklický and Karel Rúzicka.
He performed at the Bratislava Music Festival as a soloist, but also in duet with Emil Viklický. Then he began to form and lead his own ensembles (1977). In 1978 he released his first LP record Impressions, which presents his unique gift of an instrumentalist as well as of a composer.
Joná's jazz stage appearances alternate with many pauses. He often performed abroad, utilizing his multiinstrumental capabilities. However, he carefully chooses his fellow musicians; better to sacrifice a multitude of presentations than to risk and render innerly unconvincing achievement with the artists who do not convene euch other. He played with a number of Slovak, Czech but also foreign musicians. Today he works in duets with the guitarist Matú Jakabčic and double-bassist Robert Balzar, saxophonist Duan Húčava, with singer Jana Kociánová or with mouth organ player Erich Procházka.
In 1990 he recorded a solo record Gentle Rain (featuring jazz standards), on which he plays three pianos (helped by playback). Prague publishing house Arta issued a CD Far and Yet Near (1991); he plays there in duets and in trio with Matú Jakabčic and Robert Balzar. The concert with Gabriel Joná and Matú Jakabčic Live realised in 1993 in the Clarissean Church in Bratislava. He devotes to spirituals and gospel songs with the singer Jana Kociánovó. In 1993 he prepared an interesting project with Jiří Stivín; it is captured on the CD The Zodioc II. The genre of the album music is variable, G. Joná plays the harpsichord, too, J.Stivin utilizes various kinds of flutes. In 1992-93 Joná cooperated with Italian clarinetist Gabrielle Mirabassi and toured Italy (together with double-bassist Stefano Traglini) and played also in Bratislava (with R.Balzar). Joná arranged evergreens of the thirties and the forties for the Nevergreens, the Juraj Bartos's album and participated in its recording. The tunes were arraged for solo trumpet, jazz ensemble and symphonic orchestra. Gabriel Joná performed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, in former U.S.S.R., Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, U.S.A., Finland, Sweden, Norway, Danemark etc. Among his foreign companions let us mention A. Heath, J. Newman, H. Maybon, A. Zoller, S. Jones, B. Dorham etc. In 1991 he was awarded the prize of Ladislav Martonik as the Jazzman of the Year.
Joná 's play is educated on the innovations of H. Hancock, Ch. Corea and K. Jarrett. Presently he is interested in the jazz roots, including African folklore, he returns to genuine sources of jazz in his pianistic art as well as generally. His introvertness joins with sense for original construction, pastiche ornamentation and forceful melodical feeling. His rhymical articulation is remarkable; the continual musical flow is interrupted by pauses, breaks and other deviations. Despite his virtuosity Jonás attracts namely by his sense for assessment, compassion, inner experience.
An endeavour to describe in words Joná's music equals the trial in impossible; the ideas from the field of fine arts occur in one's head. This is not by chance, Joná is a gifted painter, though not painting today.
Matú Jakabčic (1961), guitarist, composer, arranger, entered the jazz life in the middle eighties, appearing at Gitariáda and Blues on the River Danube, both Bratislava events. He graduated >from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Comenius University in Bratislava, later he began to study the guitar at the Bratislava Conservatory. He founded the fusion music band Stop Time in 1987, which performed at the Bratislava Jazz Days, at the International Jazz Festivol in Karlowy Vary, where it was awarded the first prize (1988). Stop Time played in the Netherlands and France (the supporting band of Michael Brecker in La Ciotat à Marseille). In 1990 the group recorded a profile record, presenting Jakabčic as a composer, too.
Matú Jakabčic worked with larger orchestras (Big Band of Bratislava Conservatory, Big Band Radio Bratislava), also with bands Esprit, Duan Húčava Quintet, in guitar Trio Jakabčic-Burian-Jaro, in duet with Gabriel Joná, a pianist of European reputation. In 1991 Gabriel Joná prepared an album For and Yet Near; Jakabâc and Prague double-bassist Robert Balzar participated in the recording. In 1993 Jakabčic was awarded the Prize of Ladislav Martoník as the best jazzman of the year. He is an active member of the Council of Slovak Jazz Society.
Matú Jakabčic devotes to composing, too; his musical Manon Lescout was written for Big Band of Bratislava Conservatory and premiered in Bratislava. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1994-1995. Jakabčic-music tends to introvertness, accenting the character of sound, the variable tone creation, inner pulsation of music. His style is close to that of guitarist Pat Metheny. He stresses melody and simple invention. All these attributes are to be seen in his compositions.
/ Richard Filz \
/ Richard Filz \Geb. in Wr. Neustadt; nach der Matura Drum Set & Latin Percussion Studium an der Universität für Musik in Wien bei Prof. Fritz Ozmec und am Konservatorium der Stadt Wien bei Prof. Walter Grassmann; 1991 Diplom für Jazzschlagzeug mit Auszeichnung; weiters Unterricht am "Drummers Collective New York".
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