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Gypsy Jazz Festival

After the jubilee edition in this year’s May, an exceptional festival enters the second decade of its existence

The eleventh edition will welcome musicians and jazz fans from various countries on Saturday, December 3rd, and during one day three halls of the Slovak Radio building will be lit up.

The international music festival, organized by the leading Slovak saxophonist Milo Suchomel, focuses on jazz music with ethnic elements. The Large Concert Studio, the Small Concert Studio and the Foyer will host this unique festival for the first time ever.

Jazz is a multicultural music genre that has crossed the world from its native American origins to be influenced by other ethnic and national elements. Many Roma musicians carved into it the tradition, temperament, energy and sobbing of their nation, marked by tragic events and the celebration of life. The Gypsy Jazz Festival searches for such musicians in its dramaturgy and this year it will bring many interesting groupings. Come to enjoy the rhythms of music full of life and let yourself be carried away by energetic gypsy jazz.

The festival program, which was founded and artistically led by musician and composer Milo Suchomel, will be really rich. For the first time, new projects will be performed not only by the founder of the festival Milo Suchomel and Band, but also by Ľuboš Šrámek and his Nanosymphony and the female singing team Beauties Lavutari consisting of renowned singers (Anita Soul, Erika Rein, Teri Čikoš, Júlia Kozáková, Elia Kačiová) and accompanied by the Mucha Quartet. During the final All Star Night Session, most performers will be introduced.


The female vocal ensemble Neha! will be introduced in the foyer of the Slovak Radio, whose members defend the weaker and suffering through their speech. The award-winning violist Vojtech Botoš will also present his own trio. This will be followed by an original mix of folklore, Balkan music, jazz and funky in the project Šalefuky by saxophonist Milo Suchomel and his guests.

On the stage of the Large Concert Studio of the RTVS, other remarkable artists will gradually take turns in the main programme. Saxophonist Radovan Tariška and pianist Eugen Vizváry joined forces with the younger generation of Hodek siblings – bassist Aron Hodek and drummer David Hodek. The project Tariška & Hodek Modal Trap will be among the expected moments of the event. Israeli saxophonist Shlomi Goldenberg and singer Rinat Mesika will also be presented to the Bratislava audience.

Good music is the message of appeasement. Come to savour it and enjoy the festival full of exotic names.

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