Lukas Oravec Quartet

In cooperation with Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Bulgaria

The 'Lukáš Oravec Quartet' was established in early 2012, their quality immediately attracting the attention of jazz enthusiasts. The band played many club gigs and at many festivals all over Europe. The Quartet won the highest prize "Young Faces of Slovak Jazz" and also "prize for interpretation performance" for the leader of the band. In 2013 they released a debut album "Introducing Lukáš Oravec Quartet", which won the prize ESPRIT 2013 for the best Slovak album of the year. The second album called 'Piotrology' was released in 2015 and features the US saxophone player Vincent Herring. Third album "Kulosaari" was nominated for prize Radioheads Award 2015. New album "ALI" feat Bob Mintzer has this time two nominations for Esprit 2017 and Radio Head Award 2017.

"Lukas Oravec is a wonderful young trumpet player who plays and writes with lots of fire and creativity. His music has a distinctive sound as does his playing. He and the musicians Lukas surrounds himself with are a force to be reckoned with. I think you will enjoy this wonderful music as well as hearing the band play live"

Bob Mintzer

Lukáš Oravec is Slovak jazz trumpeter and composer. He has unique ability for improvisation and follows the path of jazz trumpet greats led by Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell and Woody Shaw. In 2014 he was awarded ESPRIT for the best jazz album of the year. His amazing talent has led to many collaborations with leading national and international musicians such as; Wayne Escofferry, Rick Margitza, Bob Mintzer, Kálmán Olah, Vincent Herring, Miroslav Vitous, Danny Grissett, Pavel Wlosok, Peter Erskine and Benito Gonzalez among others. He is a member of the 'Gustav Brom Big Band' and 'Big Band Matthew Jakabčic'.

Piotr Wyleżoł – polish pianist, composer, leader. One of most creative and important pianist on polish jazz scene. Piotr Wyleżoł is leading bands playing his original music since beginning his activity as an artist. Recordes 7 albums as leader and several dozen with other artists. His last Trio album: "Children's Episodes" was nominated for a Fryderyk Award (Poland's equivalent of a Grammy Award), in the Jazz Album of The Year category. The latest album "Lutosławski Retuned" includes music of Witold Lutosławski. Piotr Wyleżoł is regulary performing all over the world with many great artists. He is also a teacher of jazz piano at the Academy of Music inKrakow.

The Czech bassist Tomas Baros is one of the most talented and sought after bassists on the European jazz scene. He is a member of some of the most progressive jazz bands at home and abroad, for example in the band Piotr Wojtasik, Harry Sokal or in the Czech Radio Big Band of Gustav Brom. He has shared stages with Alex Sipiagin, Gene Jackson, Benny Golson, Benito Gonzalez, Adam Pieroncik, Jure Pukl and many others.

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 cooperated with great musicians over the years including Joel Frahm, Boris Kozlov, Igor Butman, Benito Gonzalez, 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.