A bass player, composer and independent producer. The leader of MILOOPA (Wroclaw), the international trio HANG EM HIGH, the art director of Eklektik Orchestry. The winner of Wroclavian Music Prize 2015. He has performed at many prestigious festivals in the USA, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Estonia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Hungary. He is the founder of an international artistic platform and Eklektik Session festival, which is focused on integration and promotion of creative environments, cultural proximity and enabling different artists to find common ground. www.EklektikSession.com
Moreover, he has 20 proprietary projects to his credit. He has collaborated with many artists all over the world such as Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Guo Gan, Mieko Miyazaki , Vladiswar Nadishana, Mariam Wallentin, Lucien Dubuis, Claudio Puntin, Alfred Vogel, Ganesh Anandan, Jan Bang, Erik Honore, Arve Henriksen, Erland Dahlen, Loup Barrow, Roli Mosimann, Blu Rum 13, Meng Tian, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic.
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A bass player, pedagogue and graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznan (IV faculty). She has played at the greatest festivals in Poland as well as abroad, such as Bliuzo Naktys - Lithuania, Blues Alive – Zlin, International Blues Challenge 2015 Memphis TN, USA, Rawa Blues Festival, Jimiway Blues Festival, Olsztyńskie Noce Bluesowe, Young Stars Festival 2014, Festiwal Marzeń 2015, JP ARTIST Festival 2014, Blues Express, Las, Woda i Blues, Suwałki Blues Festival and others. She has performed with various musicians, for instance Robert Chojnacki, Wojciech Hoffmann, Niki Buzz, Dr Blues, Grzegorz Kupczyk, Leszek Cichoński, Piotr Kałużny, Marta Podulka, Jacek Jaguś, Bobby ''Mercy'' Oliver and many other brilliant artists from Poland and abroad.
She participated in ''Must be The Music 4'' with her band ''Lejdis bez Gentleman''. In October, 2011 she received the prize for the best bass player at the XVI all-Polish Rock Bands Review Rock Blok in Bolesławiec with ''Nawiasemówiąc''. At the Guitar Bands Review from Greater Poland in Mosin 2012 she also became the best bass player. On the 3rd of February 2014 she occurred on the list of the best Polish blues musicians according to Blues Top 2013 survey which was heralded on Polish radio ''Trójka''. In the category ''various instruments'' she came off second best and for the next few years she was on the third and second place in Blues Top survey. Along with an American guitarist Niki Buzz and Dr Blues & Soul Re Vision band she recorded music album titled ''Dr Blues - Tribute To Ol'Skool Masters'', which became the best blues album of 2013 in Poland. What is more, in March, 2015 she was on the cover of Polish magazine ''BASISTA''. In 2015 she took part in recording ''B.B. King Tribute – w hołdzie Królowi Bluesa'' with leading guitarists, for instance Dariusz Kozakiewicz, Wojciech Hoffmann and Jerzy Styczyński and, in 2016, in recording Robert Chojnacki's new album along with Jacek Królik and Ryszard Sygitowicz. Currently she collaborates with the band Robert Chojnacki & Felicjan Andrzejczak (Budka Suflera), Witek Łukaszewski & Grand Piano, Jaromi zez Ekom. She can be also seen and heard during concerts of Kingdom Waves or SoulfunK – Dr Blues & Joanna Dudkowska.More
His first band was a quartet named ''Funky Groove'' (since 1994) with which he took part in many Polish jazz festivals (Jazz Jamboree, Summer Jazz Days, Jazz nad Odrą and others). Since 1995 he has been playing with Walk Away and from then on he has been on plenty of concert tours with worldwide jazz stars, such as Mino Cinelu, Frank Gambale, Erick Marienthal, RandyBrecker, Bill Evans, Dean Brown and Bob Malach. As an independent musician he collaborated with Michał Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Krystyna Prońko, Dave Samuels (ex Spyro Gyra) and he also played with Henry McCoullough (ex Joe Cocker) during his three concert tours across Ireland.
Currently Tomasz Grabowy collaborates with Zbigniew Lewandowski, Mike Russel Band, MFA Kera Band, Marek Raduli Trio, Zbyszek Jakubek quartet, Artur Lesicki Trio and with Miłosz Rutkowski in proprietary project ''Vibraslap''. For many years he is on the top of the lists in professional music magazines (award in The Best Rhythm Section and Album of The Year 2002 - Go to Chechua Mountain - Funky Groove – ''Guitar and Bass'' magazine, and award for the best electric jazz band – Funky Groove – ''Jazz Forum 2003'' magazine.
Since 2006 he has been a bass teacher in Wroclavian School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (www.szkolajazzu.wroclaw.pl). Also, he is the author of the instructional book ''Moja Basówka'' (2009) and he has been leading music workshops, for instance in Bolesławiec – ''Blues nad Bobrem'', for many years.More
From the time he began playing the double bass at age 16, Renaud Garcia-Fons has seen possibilities in this instrument to explore all styles which interested him: classical music, jazz, Persian, Indian, South American as well as other forms from all over the world.
Driven by new ideas and the talent to translate them into compositions, he virtually reinvented the way in which the instrument could be played. The result: utterly new sound, an amalgam of double bass, cello, violin, guitar, lute, oud, and more that exceeds any conventional idea of playing the double bass.
''Renaud is not a double bass player. He just uses the double bass for something else. He is the music.''
''Renaud Garcia-Fons brings a rare passion and understanding to the bass. His approach is pure genius, seen in the way he styles his pizzicato and in the manner he opens the arco to encompass melodic and improvisatory richness.'' Jerry D'SouzaMore
London born US based Bass player and record producer Janek Gwizdala has been on the international music scene for over a decade. He has been touring as a band leader and working as musical director or sideman with some of the most respected names in the industry. These include: Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, John Mayer, Airto Moreira, Chuck Loeb, Peter Erskine, Flora Purim, Pat Metheny, Billy Cobham, Bob James, John Patitucci, Bob Mintzer, Marcus Miller, Jojo Mayer, Paul Shafer, Dennis Chambers, Gary Novak and Wayne Krantz. As a recording artist and band leader Janek has released 7 albums as a leader, as an author published two critically acclaimed books, and toured the world extensively, while also touring as a lecturer and clinician at the world's leading educational establishments.More
A double bass and bass player - Art Director Bass & Beat Festival. Is a graduate of Wroclaw Musical Academy with majors in classic (2002) and jazz (2008). Jakub defines his musical soundscape as diverse and versatile. His ''sound'' is built on excellent technique and rich musical know-how and is best described as eloquent.
Olejnik had his on stage debut in 1999 at a legendary Wroclaw jazz club ''Rura''. He began professional music carrier as a student in the band O.K.E.J., which won numerous awards at various jazz competitions.
He has performed on musical festivals in most European countries such as: Jazz Nad Odrą, Jazz Juniors, Cologne Jazz Night, Jazz Bez, Jazz Fest Brno, RCK Pro Jazz, Kosokvo Jazz Festival, Jazz Festiwal Košice, Musica Sacromontana, Green Town of Jazz, Era Jazzu and Przystanek Woodstock.
His musical on stage collaborations include many renowned artists: Rory Stuart, Piotr Wojtasik, Krzysztof Kiljański, Piotr Baron, Caren Karroll, Grzegorz Nagórski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Kuba Stankiewicz, Dante Luciani, Agata Zubel, Rufus Reid and Nicolas Simion. He also collaborated with polish rapper and producer L.U.C. in creating various multimedia projects ''39/89 Zrozumieć Polskę'', ''War-saw'' and ''Ibidem '40''. In 2013 during the festival Musica Sacromontana he played alongside Carlos Pinata - an acclaimed star of flamenco music and in 2014 he played with New York guitarist Rory Stuart in Wroclaw.
His musical catalogue includes : The Sound Office – Live (2002), Brodski Jazz Quartet – Bolling – Vilensky (2004), Kasia Stankowska – Passions (2005), Gitana – Electric Eklectic, (2006), Elżbieta Woleńska – Claude Bolling: Suite For Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (2007), Chopin Profanum Quartet – Chopin Profanum (2010), L.U.C – WarSaw (2010), Jan Adamczewski – Jan Adamczewski (2011), Kasia Stankowska – Nie ma szczęścia bez miłości (2013).
Since 2004 he has been teaching double bass and bass guitar at the Instrumental Department at Wroclaw Musical Academy and since 2010 also at the Institute of Music at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Zielona Gora. In the years 2009 - 2014 he was a member of the summer courses and musical workshops including those in Pulawy, Pultusk, Nysa and Leszno.
In 2012, during the World Bass Festival he taught double bass jazz class alongside such notables as Thomas Martin, Catalin Rotaru and François Rabbath.
Now, his musical activity focuses on conducting his own quartet and trio, he is co-starring in bands: Ferja, The 5th Season and Cafe Tango. He also collaborates with Capitol Music Theatre in Wroclaw, Polish Theatre in Wroclaw and the National Forum of Music.
At present Jakub Olejnik is in the course of carrying out a doctoral degree at the Wroclaw Musical Academy, simultaneously working on new material for his solo album.More
Bassist and composer Jaromír Honzák was born in Litoměřice, Czech Republic in 1959. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of six and on the double bass at age 14, and graduated from the Conservatory of Teplice in 1982. After completing two years of then-mandatory military service -- luckily spent in a prominent army band in Prague -- Jaromír quickly became a versatile and sought-after bassist, performing with virtually all of the major figures of the Czech jazz scene.
Jaromír co-founded the group Naima, which fast became one of the most significant Czech jazz groups of the 1980s. Throughout the years he has appeared with international artists such as Art Farmer, Phil Wilson, Don Friedman, Alan Praskin, Giovanni Basso, Amina Claudine Myers and Victor Lewis. He has performed at a number of international festivals including Sea Jazz Helsinki, Ingolstadter Jazztage, Leverkusener Jazztage, the Jazz Jamboree Warsaw, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
In 1989 Jaromír was awarded both Berklee and Fulbright scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied with Bruce Gertz, Hal Crook, John La Porta and Rick Peckham, and performed with fellow students Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Roy Hargrove, Mark Turner and Chris Cheek.
Since returning to the Czech Republic in 1990, Jaromír has documented his work as a bandleader, bassist and composer in seven recordings: ''Getting There Together'' (1995, PJ Music); ''Earth Life'' (2000, Cube Metier); ''Present Past'' (2003, Indies); ''A Question To All Your Answers'' (2007, Animal Music); ''Little Things'' (2009, Animal Music); ''Blood Sings'' (2012, Animal Music) and ''Uncertainty'' (2014, Animal Music).
On his recordings Jaromír collaborates with a range of international artists, including Kuba Stankiewicz, Piotr Baron, Michal Tokaj, Lukasz Zyta, Christian Rover, Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Jon Falt, Antonin-Tri Hoang, David Dorůžka, Vít Křišťan and others.
Jaromír’s recordings and compositions have been awarded numerous prizes both in the Czech Republic and abroad. His CD's ''Uncertainty'', ''Little Things'', ''A Question To All Your Answers'' and ''Present Past'' were each awarded the ''Angel'' prize for the best Czech jazz recording of the year. In 2009, album ''A Question To All Your Answers'' won 3rd place at Instrumental Jazz Album category of the Just Plain Folks Award. His tune ''Constant Struggle'' is featured in the European Realbook (Sher Music).
Presently, Jaromír leads his own quintet and a group called Face of the Bass. He is a member of the Eben Brothers band and Iva Bittová's group Čikori. He colaborates with many jazz artists in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Jaromír leads the jazz department at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), where he is active as a teacher of bass and improvisation.More
For the past eight years he has co-authored Miloopa band which successfully performed on Polish as well as European stages. The band has made a key contribution to new wave of club and electronic music and they were promoting Polish music stage at external festivals, such as Sziget Festival, United Islands, Be2gether Festival, Fete De La Musique Luxembourg, United Islands of Prague, Creamfields, JDM Festival, Open’er, Summer of Music, Szene Festival, Green Valley, Jazz Festival Sztokholm. Also, they succeeded in collaborating with prominent creators of electronic music from foreign countries, for instance Mc Blu Rum 13 (oneself, dj vadim), and they took part in concert tours with Jojo Mayer's Nerve (USA), Beanfield (DE), Micatone (DE), Dj First Rate (UK), Forss vs Borg (Sonar Kollektiv).
Currently, Vojto Monteur permanently plays with Electro Acoustic Beat Sessions, Natalia Lubrano, Tempus Fantasy, 4 BIRDS UP!
Theatre Music: : performance ''Szepty'' (2008r.) MIKI MISTER DJ (civic theatre in Gdynia 2012), performance ''Svedectvo Krvi'' (national theatre Kosice SLOVAKIA 2015), performance ''Zycie Mariana'' LIFE SHOW (music theatre CAPITOL WROCLAW 2014)
Film Music: ''Śpij Dobrze'' (2004r.), ''Rybcia'', ''Fałszywy Świt'' (2006r.), ''Chłopiec z Żabą” (2014) Production : Bartosz Porczyk - Sprawca (2010) Joao - Rocks (2011) Natalia Lubrano - Respect (2012)
Special Achievements: award for the best music setting in the Slovakian theatre in 2013/2014 – DOSKY 2014 award at the theatrical festival in Nitra, WARTO awards for projects “Electro acoustic beat Sessions” and “Tempus Fantasy”.
1. Miloopa - ''Nutrition facts'' (2005r.)
2. LU - ''Night Moves'' (2006r)
3. Digit All Love - ''Digit All Love'' (2007r.)
4. Miloopa - ''Unicode'' (2008r.)
5. Digit All Love - ''V''(2010)
6. Bartosz Porczyk - ''Sprawca'' (2010)
7. Joao - ''Rocks'' (2011)
8. Natalia Lubrano - ''Respect'' (2012)
9. Katarzyna Borek & Vojto Monteur - ''Tempus Fantasy'' (2014)
10. Katarzyna Groniec - ''Zoo'' (2015)
A bass player related to Wroclavian music stage. He has been performing in concerts with many musicians in Poland and abroad, such as Stare Dobre Małżeństwo, U STUDNI, Carlos Johnson, Larry McCray, Alicja Janosz, Leszek Cichoński, JJ BAND (one of the best blues bands in Poland), HooDoo BAND (Golden Album and FRYDERYK nomination for debut album). For many years he has been teaching bass playing during THE BLUES WORKSHOPS in Puławy.More
Irena Olkiewicz (Poland) graduated from the High Music School in Wroclaw. She completing double bass education under B. Nancka, E. Krysta, L. Streicher (Austria) and F. Muzzi (Italy). She defended her PhD under the artistic supervision of prof. W. Gadzinski. Since 1980 she has been conducting the double bass class at the Karol Lipinski Music Academy in Wroclaw. She was the double bass expert at the Cairo Conservatoire de Musique in Egypt. Irena was a principal double bassist at the Wroclaw Philharmonic and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. She has been playing with pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz, with whom she recorded a CD ''Medytacja Thais''.
Irena directs double bass master courses in the Europe, the US and China. She sits on the jury at the international double bass competitions in the JAMU (Brno) and F. Simandl (Blatna) in Czech Republic, J.M. Sperger Competition in Germany, the ISB Competitions in the US, the Golden Bass in Lviv (Ukraina) and the International Double Bass Competition in Beijing (China). She has been playing concerts during the international double bass conventions and master courses in the Europe, the US, Brazil and China. Irena has been a creator, and since 1994 president, of the Polish Society of Double Bassist. In 1996 she started publishing a double bass magazine ''Kontrabasista''. She has also been an initiator and organizer of numerous courses and festivals in Poland like the World Bass Festival in Wroclaw, the Wratislavia International Double Bass Competition, the National Winter Double Bass Academy in Pielgrzymowice and the National Double Bass Tournament in Warsaw.
In January 2000 Irena received David Walter Foundation award for her journal ''Kontrabasista''. She was also the recipient of a few Rector’s Prizes for her pedagogical work, as well as the Wroclaw Music Award for an idea and organization of the World Bass Festival. Finally, she received the Award of Wroclaw Dwarf given to her by the journalists for her artistic projects.
In 2010 Irena Olkiewicz received prestigious award from the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2015 Irena finalized her postdoctoral qualification in the Art of Instrumental Music in the Double Bass Specialization.More
A double bassist, bassist, record producer and composer. A graduate of Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. In 1999 he was invited to collaborate with Janusz Muniak and from then on he began to perform on Polish and external music stages as a double bass player. In 2001 with Jan Smoczyński’s band he won first prize and individual honour at International Contest Jazz Juniors in Krakow. In 2002 he joined Michał Urbaniak’s band with which he played in Poland, the Czech Republic, the USA, Canada and China.
Meanwhile, he became a team member of Zbigniew Namysłowski’s quartet and quintet with which he was on concert tours across Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of South Africa. From 2002 to 2005 Krzysztof Pacan was collaborating with the trio of Joachim Mencel, Sławek Jaskułke and Jan Smoczyński, and with Jerzy Małek’s and Jacek Kochan’s bands, with whom he was recording and performing in Poland and foreign countries (for instance, Sweden, Israel, Austria, Great Britain, France and Ukraine).
From 2007 to 2015 he was playing with Andrzej Smolik’s bands. In 2009 they went on concert tour entitled ''Peyotl'' together with Tomasz Stańko. In 2008 he created a band called JUNE with Jan Smoczyński and Robert Cichy – the album “That’s what I like” was nominated for Fryderyk award in 2009 in New Face of Phonography category. Also, they performed at Open'er Festival, Orange Warsaw Festival, Coke Live Festival, Gdańsk Dźwiga Muzę and Męskie Granie.
In 2010 he permanently joined Urszula Dudziak’s band with whom he was giving concerts during many prestigious jazz festivals in Poland, such as Jazz Jamboree, Solidarity Of Arts in Gdańsk with Bobby McFerrin and Izmir European Jazz Festival in Turkey.
In 2011 there was the premiere of his first proprietary album ''Facing The Challenge'' and it was nominated for Fryderyk award 2011 in Jazz Debut of The Year category. Along with Jan Smoczyński, Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Radek Nowicki, Jerzy Małek, Arek Skolik and Sebastian Frankiewicz he gave plenty of concerts to promote the album.
Also in 2011, he became the leader of Mika Urbaniak’s band, with whom he was playing until 2013 and from 2014 he has been a member of Monika Borzym’s group, with which he has performed at many Polish jazz festivals. Due to the fact that Urszula Dudziak was awarded by UNESCO, he played in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015 and in Paris in February 2016.
Krzysztof Pacan also collaborated with Ania Rusowicz, Ania Dąbrowska, Natalia Przybysz, Skubas, Tymon Tymański, Makaruk, Piotr Baron, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Henryk Miśkiewicz’s band Full Drive, Aga Zaryan, DJ Krim, Marcelina, Sławek Uniatowski, Kasia Mirowska, Buffo Theatre, Ted Novak, Deus Meus band, Basia Flow-Adamczyk, Olga Boczar, Marta Zalewska, Anna Wyszkoni.More
Wojtek Pilichowski is a bass guitarist, composer and producer. Since 1994 he has recorded 14 solo albums including three live recordings released also on DVD. They sold more than 100 000 copies. Wojtek has always been working with other artists. He recorded over 200 albums which sold more than 6 milion copies. For many years he has been playing at the most important festivals worldwide, including Bass Player Live, Euro Bass Day in Italy and many other. Awarded with numerous awards, including 16 for best Polish bassplayer.
Nowadays, Wojtek is leading two of his own projects - Pilichowski Band, and Pilichowski Trio. He is the author of two textbooks and a DVD tutorial about playing the bass guitar. He gives workshops and lectures all around the world. The Electro Step album, released in 2015 is a revolutionary joint of fusion jazz and electro and the 2016 ''Early Tapes'' contains unpublished recordings on CD, from 92 - 94. Many of his compositions have been covered by musicians from multiple countries.More
He was nominated twice for Fryderyk award (with Artrosis band, prod. MM Productions). He is the co-author of the first production for Discovery Channel, music in ''Solidarność'' and ''Początek Rewolucji''. Marcin Pendowski collaborated with many jazz artists: Kuba Stankiewicz, Grzegorz Nagórski, Eleine Simpson, Velerie Scott, Piotr Baron, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Monika Borzym, Milo Kurtis.
Currently, except his proprietary project ''Pendofsky'', he is a team member of Fisz Emade Tworzywo, which album ''Mamut'' went Golden and Platinum and album ''Drony'' went Golden. Album ''Drony'' is now being promoted during the concert tour. He has been also the co-author of ''Basista'' magazine for many years where he runs bass workshops, tests of old instruments and interviews with musicians.More
A bass player born in 1981 in Bielsko Biała. Team member of Golec uOrkiestra and Apostolis Anthimos Trio. The leader of jazz trio, which he founded in 2011. He is frequently invited to collaborate with prominent Polish and European artists. His music education started at music school in Bielsko Biała (First and Second Level), then he studied at the Faculty of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Academy of Music in Katowice. During that time he was already performing concerts with Beata Przybytek, Janusz Muniak, Wojciech Karolak, Tomasz Szukalski and Leszek Cichoński. As a sideman he took part in important Polish festivals, such as Jazz Jamboree, Warsaw Summer Jazz Festival, Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Sopot Top Trendy Festival and Polish Song Festival in Opole. He performed with his trio in many music clubs and also during “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa” (2014) and within the festival for bass players “GrajMiDół” in Zgierz (2015) where he was running workshops for musicians from Poland. He collaborates in Bielsko Biała with local artists with whom he is involved in many cultural projects. He has many other collaborations to his credit, for instance with Tomasz Szukalski, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Jarosław Śmietana, Janusz Muniak, Janusz Skowron, Leszek Cichoński, Carlos Johnson, Stan Skibby, Wojciech Karolak, Apostolis Anthimos, Paweł Serafiński, Włodek Pawlik, Mateusz Pospieszalski, Frank Parker, Monika Kuszyńska, Iwona Loranc, Maria Koterbska, Irek Dudek and others. Currently he is working on his proprietary debut album.More
Igor Zakus is one of the best jazz bass player in Ukraine. He is also a composer, bandleader, teacher, and co-founder of JazzKolo Project.
Igor was born and grew up in Chervonograd near Lviv, Ukraine. He graduated from Music College and Music Academy of Lviv as an oboe player, though all his time he messed around with a bass guitar once in a while. And it was the biggest mistake he ever made for sure. His bass guitar got him into a trouble of jazz, fusion, funk and other genres that you come across further on...
Igor is mostly into a melodic thing, not into the funky groove, though most of his colleagues rely on him as a source of drive, furious slap, and stability in a band.
Igor founded his first band 'Fest' way back when he lived in Lviv. This band released only one album: (U Koli Druziv)' in 1999, with different personnel, and keyboardist Yury Shepeta, only after Igor moved to Kyiv. Each of next two albums by Zakus ('Dedications', 2003 and 'Zakus Was Here', 2006) turned out to be a kind of breakthrough in terms of craftsmanship, better recording, and new tunes, which determined Igor's own style. The latest project by Zakus is 'Kolomyiky' (2008), 'Ukrainian Bass Song'(2010). This is a number of traditional Ukrainian songs and contemporary jazz fusion.
Being arguably the most wanted jazz bass-guitarist in Ukraine for 10 years, Igor made living mostly by playing with pop stars. Among the most notable are Ukraine's pop-singer Taisia Povaliy, and 'ViaGra' girls-band, which is mega-popular in Ukraine and Russia now. Igor's personal responsibility made him a bandleader most of times. And those, who are in the backing band for 'ViaGra' formed 'Z-Band – Zakus Band', which members presented on most of Igor's CDs and his projects for several years.
Most of jazzmen Zakus plays with are also stand for ''Ukrainian jazz elite'' among critics and audiences. Despite being too busy and hardworking bassist, Igor can be heard in plentiful different projects. For example, he was with a band that played with Michel Legrand in Kyiv, played a gig with Marque Golmore's Drum FM from Britain, not to mention numerous stage appearances with Ukrainian jazzmen. You can find his name on CDs by Yuliya Roma ('Heartbeats') and Natalia Lebedeva Trio's highly critically acclaimed 'Paints' (2006) and 'Medium Cool'(2008) albums.
In February 2007 Zakus became an artistic director and co-founder of yet young but already successful 'JazzKolo' project. 'JazzKolo' is known for number of live concerts, CD's, and DVDs , and it keeps on doing its so demanded work for Ukrainian jazz scene...More
Double bass and bass player associated with Wroclaw artistic circles. A stipendist from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland in the field of music for his outstanding achievements in 2013. Recipient of many awards and artistic distinctions on many prestigious Polish and international jazz festivals (Jazz nad Odrą, Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Jazz Juniors, Jazz Contest Azoty Tarnów and many others). He frequently collaborates with many renowned Polish and international musicians such as Piotr Wojtasik, Marc Bernstein, Mack Goldsbury, Rogier Teldermann, Artur Tuźnik, Piotr Damasiewicz, Tomasz Wendt, Marek Kądziela. A co-creator of the Zawartko/Piasecki ''Leć głosie'' musical project, which received several awards and nominations (among other awards, this album received ''WARTO'' award from Gazeta Wyborcza), it also represented European Capital of Culture 2016.More