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The leading Slovak trumpet player and flugelhorn player, composer and arranger Lukáš Oravec belongs not only to the Slovak jazz peak, but is also known and established in the top category of the European and international jazz scene. His positive jazz agility and activeness is famous. In addition to his collaboration with several domestic musical ensembles, he opens his own jazz projects with important guests!

The participation of the jazz formation Lukáš Oravec Quartet with the American guest, outstanding pianist and composer Danny Grissetto at the 13th Jazz Festival Špania Dolina '2017, can be considered a significant organizational and dramaturgical success of the festival. The quartet is complemented by the great Czech-Slovak jazz players: Tomáš Baroš - contra bass and Marián Ševčík - drums.

Lukáš Oravec graduated from the Conservatory in Žilina. After his graduation he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (DK) and studied at the department classical music with complementary studies of the jazz trumpet. In 2009-10 he continued his studies at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (CZ) at the department of classical music and also studied jazz interpretation. One of his greatest experiences was an internship at the Muzyczny Academy Karola Szymanowskiego Katowice (PL) where he studied at the Department of Classical Musicin the Jazz section. Since 2011 he has been studying jazz performances at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno and in 2013 he has been accepted to the jazz department of the Master of Arts City of Vienna University (AT).

He has collaborated on various projects and with many bigbands, for example the RAMA Big Band (DK), Big Band Gustav Brom, SK-CZ Big Band Matúš. Since 2012, he plays in his own Lukáš Oravec Quartet (SK / HU), with which he won the highest award in the competition New face of Slovak jazz for "mature collective performance". The debut album "Introducing Lukáš Oravec Quartet" won the Esprit 2013 Best Jazz Album of the Year. He is a guest and cooperates with the Czech-Slovak and foreign jazz scene and with its important personalities.

Danny Grissett is an American jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer, born in 1977 in Los Angeles. As a five-year-old, he began to play and study classical music education and piano play. He graduated from LA in Music Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. He then completed a two-year master's degree in jazz interpretation at the California Institute of the Arts. After three years of playing around Los Angeles, he moved to New York, where he was a member of the trumpet player Nicholas Payton and a member of the trumpeter, Tom Harrell. Grissett released his first album as a leader in 2006 for Criss Cross, for which he continued to record new albums with major New York jazz singers.

In a review in 2010, Down Beat commented that Grissett's jazz game is based on the pianists of Mulrew Miller, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Clark, in which he creates his own harmony and rhythm - his own manuscript.


Lukáš Oravec Quartet & Danny Grissett line-up:

Danny Grissett - piano, composition

Lukáš Oravec - trumpet, flugelhorn, composition

Tomáš Baroš - contrabass

Marián Ševčík - percussion