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Sz.Š.S Quartet

The Sound of Unity - Eastern European jazz luminaries at the East Village


Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 6.30 PM
DROM
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Be part of a unique experience that will surely surprise even the pickiest jazz enthusiasts of the East Village. A quartet of exceptionally talented musicians from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia will hit DROM on Thursday, March 29 to celebrate a sound of unity.

These new musicians from Europe’s Eastern ends will surely surprise New York’s jazz fans. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. Be there when the jaws drop, secure your spot today!

About the Band

Oskar Török (trumpet), Piotr Wyleżoł (piano), Tomáš Liška (double bass) and András Dés (percussion) named their band Sz.Š.S. Quartet, a reference to a sound written differently in each language but sounding the very same (‘sh’) to emphasize that as neighbors, these countries are “stronger together” if united. The so-called Visegrad countries share a history of more than 1,000 years and a vast cultural heritage. This brave crew will show you Eastern Europeans have a few surprises up their sleeves when it comes to jazz as well.

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About the Musicians

Individual musicians of the band are not newcomers to the jazz circus, although the quartet was just recently established. Born in Hungary, the country of Kurtág, bandleader András Dés has graduated from the Jazz Faculty of the world-famous Hungarian Academy of Music in 2005. Over the past years, Dés has been the guest of many significant venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Covent Garden, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Damascus Opera House, the Jerusalem Theatre, the Cairo Jazz Festival or the Shanghai World Expo. As a jazz musician, he has played with stars such as Miklós Lukács, Elemér Balázs, Zsolt Kaltenecker, Palle Mikkelborg, Frank London, Charlie Mariano, Theodossii Spassov, Ferenc Snétberger, Jack DeJohnette, Gerard Presencer, Eivind Aarset, Mihály Borbély, Eric Truffaz and Chris Potter. As a percussionist, he has contributed to more than 90 albums, composed several film and theatre scores and worked with such outstanding contemporary composers as Péter Eötvös.

Oskar Török is one of the rising stars of contemporary jazz music in Central Europe. Born in Slovakia, graduating from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, this wonderful trumpeter plays in several bands in Europe, including the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Sato-San To, Points, Vertigo Quintet, Concept Art Orchestra, and as the partner of Leszek Mozdzer and Mihály Dresch.

Blues & Soul calls Piotr Wyleżoł, the jazz pianist and composer representing Poland, “one of Europe's most prodigiously talented pianists”. Already awarded at national piano contests as a child, Wyleżoł regularly performs all over the world on his own or together with other great artists. He graduated from the Jazz Department of Academy of Music in Katowice and cooperated with legends of Polish jazz like Janusz Muniak, or Jarek Smietana. He recorded nine albums as a bandleader and several dozens in co-production with other artists. His last album ‘Children's Episodes’ was nominated for the Polish Grammy in the Jazz Album of the Year category.

Tomáš Liška studied upright bass in Prague and subsequently completed a master’s program at the prestigious Jazz Institut Berlin under the tutelage of renowned musicians Greg Cohen and John Hollenbeck. Tomáš performs all across Europe, the US and Latin America. His debut album ‘Invisible World’ was awarded the Tais Awards 2009 prize and it was nominated for the Anděl Prize.

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