Noam Vazana & Steve Mead

Noam “Nani” Vazana is an Amsterdam-based composer, pianist, vocalist, trombonist and musical activist who performs over 100 concerts annually across Europe and beyond, including North Sea Jazz, Roccella Jazz, Tanjazz and New York. She is a board member of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and Founder/CEO at Nova Productions agency. She recently won the SENA Music Production Award 2019, hosted a DIY artists’ […]

Joseph Grim Feinberg

Joe is an anthropologist currently working at the Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where his research addresses the meaning of authenticity and performance and the history of politics and aesthetics in Central and Eastern Europe. His book The Paradox of Authenticity: on folklore performance in Post-Communist Slovakia, was released in 2018. Joseph […]

Pavel Daněk

Daněk is music producer, organizer of music events and longtime organizer of the leading European festival Bratislava Jazz Days. Bratislava Jazz Days (BJD) is a European jazz music festival held every year in Bratislava. The 45th BJD will be held from 25 to 27 October 2019.

Martin Valihora

Valihora is a well-known Slovak musician and drummer and also the founder and main organizer of ONE DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL, which is considered a successful and sought-after event of international importance. This year, the 11th ONE DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL will take place in Bratislava and other cities in Slovakia, too. The festival´s priority is to […]

Marián Pavlovič

After founding and being an artistic director of Open Jazz Fest at Zelená Voda for 6 years, Marián founded in 2012, together with Matej Šálek, the Bratislava year-round festival CITY SOUNDS which focuses on jazz and related minority urban genres (R&B, soul, funk, fusion, chanson) with vibes of classical music. At the same time, Pavlovič […]

Ondrej Selecký & Karol Kočík

Ondrej Selecký This native of the village of Hrochoť is not only an excellent fujara player and singer, but above all an important producer of fujaras, whistles and Wallachian flutes. His fujars were awarded the Instrumentum Excellens plaque in 2010 for maintaining the traditional production of folk instruments. He grew up in an environment where […]

Katarína Babčáková

Ethnochoreologist, since 2002 a specialist in folklore at the National Cultural Center in Bratislava. She finished her doctor’s degree of ethnochoreology at the Department of Ethnology and Folklore Studies at the University of Constantine the Philosophe in Nitra. She graduated from the accredited courses of dance pedagogy of elementary art schools and traditional dance pedagogy. […]