Jazz project of V4 countries at two concerts in Helsinki
27.06.2013 / 11:22
June 18 – 19, 2013 a group of jazz artists presented two concerts in Helsinki; in Esplanadi and in Jazz Club Storyville. Project was organized by Embassies of the V4 countries, culture institution and expatriates. The Czech Republic was represented at the concerts very successfully by saxophonist Ondřej Štveráček.
The saxophonist Ondřej Štveráček has been already for the whole decade among the most outstanding persons in Czech jazz. He is a permanent player of Gustav Brom orchestra and he cooperates regularly with Radovan Tariška, Ryan Carniaux and other outstanding players in the Central European region as well as with those outside the region such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Mraz, Oskar Rózsa, Štěpán Markovi and many others.
The members of the jazz project:
László Süle (Hungary) – piano; composer and artistic director of the project. Lecturer at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.
Jan Pilch (Poland) – drums; professor at the Academy of Music in Krakow.
Lukas Oravec (Slovakia) – trumpet
Ondrej Stveracek (Czech Republic) – saxophone
Hannu Rantanen (Finland) – bass; Lecturer at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.
The Finnish musician Hannu Rantanen is a special guest of the VG4 group.
The Visegrád Group, also called the Visegrád Four or V4, is an alliance of four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of cooperation and furthering their European integration. The Group originated in a summit meeting of the heads of state or government of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held in the Hungarian castle town of Visegrád on 15 February 1991. The Czech Republic and Slovakia became members after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993. All four members of the Visegrád Group became part of the European Union on 1 May 2004.